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.