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The Northgate Flames exploded into Class A competition last Friday night, obliterating the OLSH Chargers’ WPIAL debut. It took the Flames until the second half to heat up, but a stunning third quarter performance contributed to the 44-6 win for the home team. Pictured above, quarterback Jon Girvin looks for an opening. Girvin scored four of Northgate’s touchdowns. The Flames remain at home tonight, taking on Jefferson Morgan at Alumni Field at 7:30 p.m.



The odds of victory seemed to favor the Avonworth Antelopes as they prepared to face the North Catholic Trojans in a WPIAL quarterfinal game last Friday. But in the absence of starting quarterback Adam Sharlow, who was sidelined a couple of games back, P.J. Fulmore directed the Trojans’ offense and was a one-man show as the Antelopes were defeated 14-7.

"He's a great athlete," said Avonworth coach Duke Johncour.



It was a tough battle for the better part of three quarters when the Avonworth football team hosted Laurel in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last Friday. That was until the Antelopes put the pedal to the metal on their way to defeating the Spartans 34-16.

The 'Lopes displayed a new tactic with Jesse Zubik running the wildcat offense, and they were able to keep the Laurel defense off balance.

"He's a play-maker," said coach Duke Johncour. "We wanted to get him the ball - that was our mission and purpose."



It was promoted as the game of the week in Class A, and indeed it was when the Avonworth Antelopes hosted Apollo Ridge last Friday. After taking a sizeable lead in the first half, the 'Lopes had to fend off a determined Vikings team to keep their unbeaten streak intact, earning a 35-27 victory.

"We had control of the game. We let them back in, but we'll take it," said coach Duke Johncour whose team moved to 5-0 on the season.

"They didn't run well against us, but they threw the heck out of it," said Johncour.



In a game categorized as a “must win,” the Avonworth football team got back on track when they hosted Springdale last Friday. Taking control in the fourth quarter, the Antelopes managed to survive a late rally by the Dynamos to earn a 28-22 victory.

Head coach Duke Johncour who was pleased with the win, said, "It puts us in a good spot for the playoffs. We have to win-out basically, and see where it all ends up."



The Northgate Flames (5-1, 5-2) were caught napping last Friday night at Alumni Stadium. In a squeaker of a game, the Flames were handed a 20-19 loss when the Apollo Ridge Vikings (4-2, 4-3) kicked a field goal with just seconds left on the clock.

The loss was Northgate's second of the season, but their first in the Eastern Conference.



For the second consecutive week, the Avonworth football team had a chance to change the outcome of the game on their final possession, but came up short. Last Friday they were defeated at North Catholic, 19-15.

"We just didn't make the one play there at the end that we had to make," said head coach Duke Johncour.

Johncour lauded his team’s overall play, but commended the Trojans. "They're good. They block well, they kick out well, and moved the ball effectively."



The Northgate Flames (5-0, 5-1) bounced back from their non-conference loss to Sto-Rox and recorded their second shutout of the season, blanking the Leechburg Blue Devils by the score of 20-0 last Friday.

Mack Quinn, with a team-high 22 tackles, led the Flames’ defense, but there was a whole host of defensive players who made their presence felt against the Blue Devils. And, Leechburg had no answer for the speedy Cody Walter, who racked up 260 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.



Although the Avonworth football team's offense might be characterized as run-oriented, they picked a good time to take to the air against Leechburg last Friday.

Freshman quarterback Zach Chandler stepped up his game, throwing three first-half touchdown passes and leading the Antelopes to a 35-0 win over the Blue Devils.

"We thought we could exploit some of their weaknesses in the defense," said coach Duke Johncour. "They wanted to pack the box a little bit, and we wanted to take what they were giving us."



The Flames kicked off their 2012 season last Friday with a shut out, sending Riverview home on the losing side of a 25-0 score.

Northgate kicked off to the Raiders, and, after a short return, Riverview started their drive on their 35 yard line. Mac Quinn made his presence felt early, as he put pressure on the Raiders’ QB, and absolutely destroyed the Riverview running back in their backfield for a two yard loss.


The Northgate Quarterback Club will hold a “Night at the Races” on Friday, June 1 at the American Legion, South Home Avenue, Avalon.

The fund-raiser will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight, with dinner at 7:15 p.m. and races at 8 p.m. A D.J. will follow the races.

Cost is $15, which includes dinner, snacks, mixers, beer and wine. Horses and tickets can be purchased from any football player, or Marita at (412)734-8792.


The Northgate School Board took a few minutes Monday evening to acknowledge the accomplishments of several student athletes, as well as their coaches.

Two members of the varsity football team have been named to the WPIAL Class A All Conference first team. Jon Girvin took the honors as quarterback, and Jake Abernethy as wide receiver.



In a quarterfinal game that went down to the wire, the Avonworth football team saw their season come to a close as they were defeated by the Rochester Rams last Friday, 26-22.

"We gave it a good run," said coach Duke Johncour after the game."We came out of the chute slow with a fumble and giving up a couple of big third down conversions, but they made some great plays when they had to and that was the end result." .



The Northgate Flames and the Avonworth Antelopes scrapped for 48 minutes last Friday night at Northgate's Alumni Stadium. The Flames were defeated 28-20, in a scenario similar to last week's game, but again one characteristic stood out most -- Northgate's unwillingness to give up and their desire to keep fighting.



The Northgate Flames (5-3, 4-3) nearly pulled off what would have been the upset of the night last Friday. But their attempt at what would have been an incredible come from behind win over the North Catholic Trojans (5-3, 4-3) was denied in the last few seconds of a hard-fought contest.

When the Flames' 2-point conversion try failed, they came up short, losing to the Trojans by the score of 27-26, at North Catholic's J.C. Stone Field.



In a non-conference game that seemed destined for the loss column last Friday, the Avonworth Antelopes got their act together in the nick of time and pulled out an exciting win in overtime.

Facing the Beth Center Bulldogs, who were coming into the game at 6-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class A, the Antelopes overcame four turnovers, along with nine penalties to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter that tied the game before pulling out a 20-19 win in overtime.



The Northgate Flames lit up the scoreboard last Friday night, when the offense exploded and scored 27 points in the first quarter on their way to a 53-22 win over the visiting Riverview Raiders.

The win extended the Flames' winning streak to three, and gives them a conference record of 4-2, with an overall record of 5-2.

The win places Northgate in a tie for third place with the Springdale Dynamos in the WPIAL's Eastern Conference.



On Saturday afternoon, in the muck and the mire of what was Wilkinsburg's Graham Field, the Northgate Flames (3-2, 2-2) bounced back from a two- game losing streak by blanking the Wilkinsburg Tigers (0-5, 0-5) by the score of 31-0.

The foul weather had little effect on the Flames' air attack, as quarterback Jon Girvin threw four touchdown passes, three of those going to wide receiver Jake Abernethy. Abernethy led the team in receiving, with four catches for a total of 85 yards.


Playing through a steady rain on a field that was reduced to a mud pit, the Avonworth Antelopes recorded their second consecutive shut-out when they traveled to Riverview last Saturday.

What was really remarkable was that the Antelopes were able to hang on to the ball under the circumstances while forcing five turnovers by the Raiders on their way to a 26-0 victory.

"We weren't able to throw the ball as much as we would have liked to, but you have to roll with the punches," said head coach Duke Johncour after the game. He added, "Ricky [Lawniczak] ran the ball well."



With a little help from their opponent, the Avonworth football team picked up a hard fought victory in Springdale last Friday.

Scoring on their first possession and maintaining a 7-0 lead into the fourth quarter, the Antelopes surrendered a touchdown late but earned their first win of the season when the Dynamos missed on the extra point try for a 7-6 victory.

"It was a physical game," said head coach Duke Johncour.

"Our hats off to Springdale, they played hard and they're physical, but we did what we had to do to win the football game."



The Northgate Flames battled to the end, and pulled out a 32 - 27 victory against the Our Lady of Sacred Heart (OLSH) Chargers Saturday night. In T.J. Wiley's debut game as head coach of the Flames, his Northgate team showed a combination of speed, power and "quick strike" potential.

OLSH won the coin toss to start the game, and elected to receive. The Flames' Brett Howell kicked off, and Northgate's 2011 season was underway on a hot and humid night at Robert Morris' Joe Walton Stadium.


A “Night at the Races” to benefit the Northgate Quarterback Club will be held Friday, June 3, at the American Legion, South Home Avenue, in Avalon.

The benefit will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight, with dinner at 7:15 p.m., and the races at 8 p.m. A D.J. will follow the races.

Cost is $15, which includes dinner, snacks, mixers, beer and wine.

Tickets and horses ($10) can be purchased from any Northgate football player or call Marita at (412)734-8792.



It wasn't pretty, nonetheless the Avonworth Antelopes did what they need to do in their quarterfinal match-up against North Catholic last Friday.

The 'Lopes for the most part had trouble finding their rythym on offense, but took advantage of several turnovers by the Trojans on their way to a 17-3 win.

North Catholic came into this match-up without starting quarterback Martin Long, who had been sidelined with a broken fibula and has missed the playoffs.

Avonworth was hampered by penalties, as they were assessed nine for 105 yards.



The first round of the WPIAL playoffs proved to be a tough game for Avonworth, who hosted Brentwood last Friday night. After trailing at halftime, the Antelopes battled back in the second half to defeat the Spartans 28-21.

The most dramatic point in the game came late in the fourth quarter, when Ryan Schmid returned a punt 95 yards to seal the win for the Antelopes, who will move on to face North Catholic in a quarterfinal game to be played at Fox Chapel at 7:30 p.m. tonight.