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Football: North Catholic ousted by rival

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic football team.

"For the past two seasons, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School football team achieved unprecedented success with titles in the 2013 WPIAL and PIAA Class A football championship games.

But the road to repeat honors can be a difficult one, and the Trojans learned that harsh truth at the WPIAL Class A semifinals this past Friday with a 28-21 loss to Avonworth in a semifinal played at the Mars Athletic Complex.

The result left both teams with 11-1 records. Avonworth meets a familiar participant in the WPIAL Class A championship game — Clairton — at 11 a.m. Friday at Heniz Field."

 

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Football: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic still unbeatable

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

If anything, it appears that Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic simply picked up right where it left off from last season. The top-seeded Trojans have been an unstoppable force and look to steamroll their way back into the WPIAL Class A championship game next week at Heinz Field.

The defending WPIAL and state champs enter this week's meeting against Avonworth with a perfect 11-0 record. North Catholic has won 27 consecutive games since losing to Sto-Rox during the semifinals two years ago. Bob Ravenstahl's group is coming off a 20-6 quarterfinal win last week against South Side Beaver.

"[South Side Beaver] is a very scrappy team," Ravenstahl said. "They're from the Big Seven Conference and we used to play in the Big Seven. They take a lot of pride in playoff football, and they played a heck of a game."

North Catholic has been riding the coattails of star running back P.J. Fulmore all season. A Duquesne recruit, Fulmore rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns against South Side Beaver. He has rushed for more than 1,400 yards and has scored 31 touchdowns this season.

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Football: Black Hills title in tow, North Catholic hunting for greater rewards

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic football team.

"When the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High football team was en route to winning the WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships a year ago, the team's offensive line took to calling itself the "Nasty North Siders."

In the year that has passed since the team won its initial titles on the regional and statewide levels, some significant items have taken place.

Three of the "Nasty" boys graduated. And the school has relocated from the Troy Hill neighborhood that had been the school's home since its inception as North Catholic High School in 1939 to Cranberry Township.

But to hear offensive right guard and defensive tackle Joe Sadler tell it, the line has sought to maintain the image it developed during its championship run."

 

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Football: North Feature Athlete - P.J. Fulmore, North Catholic

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Name: P.J. Fulmore
High School: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Running back

Background: A 5-foot-8, 190-pound star running back, Fulmore rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown last week against conference-rival Avonworth. The 28-0 win over the Antelopes helped the top-ranked Trojans remain undefeated (7-0, 6-0) and clinch a Black Hills Conference championship. A Duquesne recruit, Fulmore is within 50 rushing yards of reaching 4,000 for his career. He helped guide North Catholic to the program's first WPIAL and PIAA championships last year as a junior. Fulmore rushed for 1,213 yards and scored 24 touchdowns last year. He also threw for another 388 yards and three touchdowns after spending the second half of the season at quarterback.

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Alumni Update - Morgan Porter (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

 

GREENVILLE, Pa. - Following an exciting weekend of athletic competition on campus, Saint Vincent had two student-athletes tabbed asPorter SVC weekly award winners by the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC). Senior kicker Morgan Porter and sophomore Brandan Moretton each helped their respective teams have productive weeks.

Porter, a North Catholic graduate,  connected on a career-high three field goals, including the eventual game winner from 31 yards out, in Saturday's 23-20 victory over Case Western Reserve at Chuck Noll Field.


The senior made field goals from 31, 19, and 31 yards, respectively, to help the Bearcats snap a 23-game losing streak. The game-winner was the second of his collegiate career; as a freshman in 2011, he booted a 24-yard game winner with time expiring to beat Waynesburg 17-14.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)