Week 1: West Allegheny at New Castle, 8/29

2014 High School Football Season – Week 1
Friday, August 29, 2014
West Allegheny at New Castle

Last Five Meetings
Oct. 11, 2013 – West Allegheny, 37-31
Oct. 12, 2012 – West Allegheny, 14-0
Oct. 14, 2011 – West Allegheny, 24-21
Oct. 15, 2010 – West Allegheny, 35-7
Nov. 13, 2009 – West Allegheny, 31-7 (WPIAL playoffs)

Last Meeting: West Allegheny snapped New Castle’s 5 game win streak with their 37-31 win. WA was able to gain 392 yards of total offense (170 passing, 222 rushing). Indians’ quarterback Andrew Koester threw for 142 yards on 11 of 17 passing (64.7%) and 2 scores. Tory Delmonico rushed for 146 yards (6.4 ypc) and 2 touchdowns for West Allegheny. New Castle’s Julian Cox threw for 168 yards and also ran for 131 stripes as he tallied 4 touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 passing).

Memorable Showdown
October 4, 2002 – New Castle 31 West Allegheny 8
New Castle outrushed the Indians by almost 230 yards as they dominated the Indians to a 31-8 tune. The Red Hurricanes had begun the season with a 6-0 start for the first time since 1987. Robert Calhoun and Zach Mariacher combined to gain over 200 yards rushing.

West Allegheny finished the regular season last year unbeaten as the defense allowed just one opponent to score more than 17 points in a single game (New Castle, 31). The Indians fell to Erie Cathedral Prep in the Class AAA State Quarterfinal, 28-0. In that contest, the Indians’ 21-game streak of rushing for at least 100 yards as a team was snapped when West Allegheny was only able to mount 12 stripes via the ground. WAHS has knocked off New Castle six straight times. Senior signal caller Andrew Koester threw for 1,651 yards last season while tossing 19 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions in 162 pass attempts. The team’s leading rusher from a season ago, Chayse Dillon, is back after accumulating a stat line of 1203 yards rushing and 12 TDs.

The Indians have advanced to the post-season in 16 of the last 17 years.

Joe Cowart’s Hurricane bunch posted a 3-1 home record a year ago with the only blemish coming at the hands of West Allegheny (37-31). New Castle’s last win against the Indians was on September 26, 2008 when the ‘Canes were victorious on the road (35-17).

2013 Rankings
Points Scored: New Castle, 35.0; West Allegheny, 34.6
Points Allowed: West Allegheny, 11.0; New Castle, 24.5

West Allegheny: Bob Palko, (167-60)
New Castle: Joe Cowart, 3rd season (11-8)

Next Up
West Allegheny: Chartiers Valley (Week 2), at Hopewell (Week 3), Ambridge (Week 4)
New Castle: at Montour (Week 2), Blackhawk (Week 3), at Peters Township (Week 4)

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