For the second time in two years, North Allegheny has ended Seneca Valley’s WPIAL playoff run.
The no. 1 Tigers defeated the no. 4 Raiders by a score of 47-17 in Friday’s semifinal game played at Martorelli Stadium at North Hills High School.
Up next, the undefeated, and defending WPIAL AAAA champion, Tigers will head to Heinz Field Friday, Nov. 23 to take on Woodland Hills. The Wolverines defeated Upper St. Clair Friday at Baldwin High School.
Friday was Seneca Valley’s first appearance in the WPIAL semifinals in 15 years—and the second year in a row North Allegheny ended the Raiders’ season.
The Tigers defeated Seneca Valley 45-3 in the 2011 WPIAL quarterfinals.
North Allegheny drew first blood Friday, scoring a touchdown within minutes of the opening kickoff. They never let up.
By halftime, the Tigers were up 33-10.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Mike White, North Allegheny quarterback Mack Leftwich finished the game with 439 yards offense. He was 18 of 23 for 360 yards passing and ran 19 times for 79 yards.
Raiders quarterback Jordan Brown was 12 of 24 for 166 passing yards, according to the PG.
Leftwich was the star of Friday’s matchup with five touchdown passes and two runs into the end zone, White said.
Brown and receiver Jonathon Dorogy also ran in touchdowns for the Raiders.
North Allegheny Head Coach Art Walker told the PG the team accomplished Friday's mission to get off to an early lead and not look back.
"If we could do that, then we liked our chances," he said.
He praised Leftwich as a Division I-caliber college quarterback.
"He’s an unselfish player. He’s got all the intangibles you’d want in a quarterback," he said.