West Allegheny Can’t Hold On, Loses to Cathedral Prep in PIAA AAA Quarters

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Saturday, December 1, 2012 | 12:51 AM


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Damion Terry threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns, leading District 10 champion Cathedral Prep to a 27-13 win over West Allegheny Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Erie. 

The Michigan State recruit also ran for 107 yards and one touchdown, pushing his total offense to 364 yards, all but 36 of the Ramblers' 400 yards total. 

West Allegheny built a 10-0 lead late in the second quarter, with a Chayse Dillon 12-yard touchdown run early in the period and Evan Pelcher's 38-yard field goal with 2:12 to play. 

ECP (13-0) responded with an 80-yard drive before the half, ending with a 5-yard scoring pass from Terry to Alex Greenwalt., one of seven catches on the night for the 6-4 junior.  The Ramblers missed the PAT, allowing West Allegheny (12-2) to take the 10-6 lead to the locker room, but ECP getting some momentum from the quick drive.

When the Indians couldn't move the chains on the first possession of the second half, Pelcher came on to punt.  Three ECP players broke through, blocking the kick with the Ramblers recovering at the 1-yard line. 

Delton Williams scored on the first play, giving Prep a 13-10 lead. 

Pelcher's second field goal of the night, a season-long 42-yard effort, tied the game with just under 5 minutes to play in the third.

After the teams exchanged possessions, the Ramblers worked quickly, needing just over three minutes to cover 67 yards and take the lead for good on 28-yard scoring pass from Terry to Williams, then adding a 35-yard touchdown on the same combination three minutes later. 

Williams finished with seven receptions for 118 yards, 7 rushes for another 22 yards and three total touchdowns.  Cathedral Prep rolled up 22 first down and ran out the game's final 5:44.

After putting together two nice scoring drives in the first half, West Allegheny struggled to move the ball, picking up just three first downs after intermission.  Dillon led the way with 80 yards on 15 carries and the Indians' only touchdown.  Andrew Koester completed 7 of 11 passes for 62 yards but was also sacked twice.

Cathedral Prep advances to next weekend's PIAA Semifinals against Bishop McDevitt, 21-10 winners over West York.

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