Trojans football season ends in 17-0 setback

November 11, 2020 Cranberry Local Sports


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North Catholic running back Kyle Tipinski looks for running room in the first quarter of Friday's WPIAL Class 3A semifinal playoff against Elizabeth Forward. The Trojans lost to the Warriors, 17-0.

ADAMS TWP — It didn't take long for North Catholic football coach Patrick O'Shea to conduct a postmortem.

“The better team won the game tonight,” O'Shea said. “That's just how it goes sometimes.”

It certainly didn't go as planned for North Catholic, which managed just 115 yards on offense.

Most striking was the Trojans — averaging 44 points per game this season — were held scoreless by Elizabeth Forward in a 17-0 loss in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Friday night at the Mars Athletic Complex.

North Catholic (8-1) struggled all night on offense.

The Trojans had just one first down in the first quarter and only got inside the red zone once on a drive that resulted in a missed field goal.

A lot of that had to do with the Elizabeth Forward defense, which flew around the field and delivered big hits all night.

The North Catholic defense held the Warriors (8-0) to just a 25-yard field goal by Andrew Smith in the first half.

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Mike Kilroy

Mike Kilroy

I joined the Butler Eagle in January of 2000 after spending five years at the Steubenville Herald-Star and Weirton Daily Times, where I did everything from editing the sports section to knocking snow and ice off the Associated Press satellite dish. I graduated from Kent State University in 1994 with a degree in magazine journalism and a minor in skipping class. My honors include a 2007 Associated Press award for feature writing, a 2005 and 2007 Keystone award for column writing and a 2003 Golden Quill award for feature writing. I have a high game of 255 at Wii Bowling.