Football team starts season strong

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Ally Wolling

Hawks take the field in their home game against North Hills on Aug. 26.

The varsity football team is off to a hot start and living up to their expectations.

Heading into their fourth week of football, the Black Hawks are currently 2-1 and sit at No. 3 in 5A Section 1.

In the first week, the Hawks picked up a convincing win against the North Hills Indians, 22-10, in front of their home crowd.

The following week they beat the returning 6A state champions Mt. Lebanon on the Blue Devils’ turf in a close game, resulting in a score of 27-24 in overtime.

Last week, the Hawks played up a division again but lost to the Central Catholic Vikings, 31-22.

The Hawks are set to play their fourth game of the season against the Canon-McMillan Big Macs, another 6A team, this Friday.

The Black Hawks have high hopes that they will defeat the Big Macs for a comeback.

Last season, the Big Macs beat the Hawks, 34-27.

“I feel that we match up great against them and I have a lot of confidence in our offense,” said sophomore quarterback Tanner Pfueffer.

The game is to be held at the Canon-McMillan High School stadium at 7 p.m.

The varsity captains for the 2022 season are seniors Austin Caye, Aidan Currie, Gavin Moul, and Jack Reilly.

“We’re excited for the season,” said head coach Brian De Lallo. “We’ve got a lot of seniors and great leadership and we expect great things from this group.”

Practices started during the summer and have continued since.

We’re very multi-talented. We have shown in the last two weeks we’re a good team and we’re going to go out there and ball, baby.”

— Logan Pettigrew

“I feel we are going to go out there and do pretty good things,” said senior center Logan Pettigrew. “We are a pretty knowledgeable team. I think we’re strong in our offense and defense. We’re very multi-talented. We have shown in the last two weeks we’re a good team and we’re going to go out there and ball, baby.”

The Hawks are very confident in their team and have high expectations for their season.

“I feel very good, I believe we are a promising team,” said senior fullback and linebacker Jack Kohnfelder. “We have very good potential to go very far this year.”

The players have set goals for their season to make sure they perform at the top of their game.

Our main goal is to get better each day and improve physically and mentally to reach our ultimate goal of winning the conference and a WPIAL championship.”

— Toby D'Andrea

“Our main goal is to get better each day and improve physically and mentally to reach our ultimate goal of winning the conference and a WPIAL championship,” said senior offensive and defensive line Toby D’Andrea.

Their main goal is to become WPIAL and state champions.

“The goal is to win the conference championship, the WPIAL championship, and then the state championship,” said senior cornerback Jack Reilly. “You do that by playing within our system and controlling the controllable.”

“Going into this season our team had much bigger goals, as in winning the conference title and going on to win the WPIAL and State championships,” said senior wide receiver and cornerback Jason Nuttridge. “But, we really are just taking it all in game-by-game and playing as hard as we can, and not looking too far ahead.”

For more information about the team and upcoming games, follow their Instagram page @bp_hawksfootball and their Twitter page @BPHawksfootball.