Joe Koch previews Friday's WPIAL Class A semifinal game between Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Avonworth.
"If Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic football coach Bob Ravenstahl believes he's seeing a familiar scenario when his Trojans meet Avonworth in a WPIAL Class A semifinal Friday night at the Mars Athletic Complex, he's not mistaken.
The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the WPIAL Class A championship game against the winner of the Clairton-Neshannock semifinal on Nov. 21 at Heinz Field.
Since the third week of the season, Josh Drwal, a 5-foot-7, 145-pound senior, has been the quarterback, replacing 6-2, 225-pound junior Zach Chandler, who sustained a broken fibula in the Antelopes' third game. With Drwal taking snaps, Avonworth has done pretty well. The Antelopes enter the game with a 10-1 record, their only loss a 28-0 setback to unbeaten North Catholic on Oct. 10. The Trojans (11-0) won the Black Hills Conference title with a 7-0 record, Avonworth was second at 6-1.
"They're going through what we did last year," said Ravenstahl, referencing the season-ending injury to quarterback Adam Sharlow, who was replaced by P.J. Fulmore, who already was an accomplished runner. He developed a competent passing arm. The same thing has happened with Drwal.""