(Photo: West Allegheny's swarming defenders made things tough for opponents all season, including Central Valley's Robert Foster. Jill Knight/Post-Gazette.)
"It took two plays for West Allegheny's defense to make an impact in its WPIAL Class AAA semifinal showdown against Thomas Jefferson last Friday.
Its offense was even faster to respond when Thomas Jefferson tied the game 7-7 and retook momentum.
The old sports axiom is defense wins championships -- in West Allegheny's case it was offense and defense that is sending the Indians back to Heinz Field for the first time since 2009.
West Allegheny will play West Mifflin 8 p.m. Friday at Heinz Field.
Two plays into the semifinal game, senior linebacker Zach Medved pressured Thomas Jefferson quarterback Joe Carroll and sacked him while forcing a fumble recovered by senior lineman Jordan Diven at the Thomas Jefferson 10-yard line."