Gateway Makes Early Season Statement
Dorian Bell
Dorian Bell
Posted Aug 29, 2008

The Gateway Gators played with a chip on their shoulders, due to the fact that a few local papers tabbed Penn Hills as the team to beat in the WPIAL Class AAAA ranks. The Gators made sure that they would leave little doubt as to who was the dominant team as they dismantled the Indians 45-17.'s Allen Trieu and Bob Lichtenfels were on hand for the full report.

Monroevile Gateway served notice to the WPIAL and the rest of Pennsylvania tonight. The Gators easily handled a highly regarded Penn Hills team 45-17.

Terry Smith's squad used a balanced running attack led by senior Brian Williams and junior Delbert Tyler, along with the timely passing of junior quarterback Rob Kalkstein.

With several blue chip seniors on the field, it was Williams who made the gamebreaking plays as he had over 200 yards rushing, two touchdowns and a punt return for a touchdown which put the icing on the cake.

After a strong early start, The Gators looked like they would take a 31-0 lead into halftime, but the Indians marched on a late drive to make it 31-3 at the half.

It looked as though they might make a game out of it as they marched out of the gate and scored on their first possession of the second half when senior running back Teddy Blakeman ran it in.

However, Williams quickly countered with a long touchdown run on the ensuing drive. Still, the Indians would not go down without a fight as they again drove down the field and this time it was sophomore wide receiver Darius Patton scoring on a 20-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Tom Fulton.

After an exchange of stops, Penn Hills kicked it away and that's when Williams raced to the house for his third score of the night.

The Gators defense led by captains Dorian Bell and Corey Brown (who had an interception and a touchdown catch), controlled the game. The biggest difference in this contest though was the play of the Gateway offensive and defensive lines. What made it even more impressive was the fact that the Gators were without senior two-way starter and Indiana commit Colin Rodkey. Rodkey suffered a shoulder injury a few weeks ago and he has still not been cleared by doctors to play.

"I feel great," Rodkey said prior to the game. "If it was up to me I'd be playing, but the doctor won't clear me. Right now, I am looking at getting back for the Norwin game."

Penn Hills was lead on defense by senior linebacker Dan Mason who paced the squad in tackles. Patton and junior wide receiver Brandon Ifill were the primary pass catchers on the night.

The Gators were also helped by the return of last years leaders and current Pitt Panthers Cameron Saddler and Shayne Hale who were on the sidelines to offer encouragement to their former teammates. Hale was also rooting for his cousin on the opposite sideline as well. Penn Hills running back Teddy Blakeman is Hale's cousin. will have photos, scouting reports and video from the game up over the next day.

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