The defending WPIAL champion North Allegheny Tigers defeated the Seneca Valley Raiders in a blowout Friday night at Newman Stadium.
The final score was North Allegheny 45, Seneca Valley 3
The Raiders are now 2-1 overall. North Allegheny is 3-0.
Seneca drew first blood of the Class AAAA Northern Eight Conference matchup when Chad Izenas kicked a 26-yard field goal in the opening drive, giving the Raiders a 3-0 lead, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Mike White, who kept a live blog of the game.
It would be the last time the Raiders put points on the board.
By halftime, North Allegheny was ahead 17-3, and it went downhill for the Raiders from there.
“North Allegheny poured it on in the second half,” White blogged. “Game was close for more than a quarter.”
During the first drive of second half, NA drove for 77 yards that ended with a Elijah Zeise touchdown on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Mack Leftwich, White said. Alex Diciantis then scored on a 27-yard run, putting North Allegheny ahead 38-3. The Tigers would score one more time before the game ended, finishing off the Raiders 45-3.
Leftwich was 8 of 16 for 137 yards for the game, according to White. DeCiantis rushed for 83 yards on 19 carries.
For the Raiders, quarterback Jordan Brown, who led the WPIAL in passing yardage in 2011, was 9 of 21, throwing for 96 yards. Running back Forrest Barnes, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year, was held to 15 yards on 8 attempts, according to the Post-Gazette.
Seneca Valley entered into Friday's game with a nine-game losing streak to NA. The last time Seneca Valley defeated North Allegheny was in 2002.
Enroute to last season's championship, the Tigers eliminated the Raiders from playoffs during the WPIAL quarterfinals.
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