Craig Meyer profiles the West Allegheny football team.
(Photo: West Allegheny's Terence Stephens carries as he gets by Central Valley's Maurice Sims in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Heinz Field last Friday. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"The dream of a "three-peat" that lingered in the back of the minds of anyone involved with West Allegheny football for nearly a year disappeared in a matter of seconds on a perfectly executed post corner route.
There would be no third-consecutive WPIAL championship for the Indians, as they fell last Friday to Central Valley in the Class AAA championship game at Heinz Field, 35-28, on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Warriors quarterback John George with 19 seconds remaining.
For much of this season, the possibility of a third championship in as many years hovered around West Allegheny. At times, it was a source of inspiration, a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. In other moments, though, it created a sense of pressure that had to weigh heavily on the shoulders of 17- and 18-year-old kids.
Through it all, the team found a way to excel and even though it didn't end with another title, it was difficult for Indians coach Bob Palko to look back on the season without a strong feeling of fondness."