Indians 'Chayse' down victory
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When West Allegheny and Montour combined to score just eight points in an Indians win Oct. 19, Chayse Dillon could only watch because of a concussion a week earlier.
On Friday night in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal, it was the Spartans who were watching Dillon run away from their defense.
Dillon, a West Allegheny running back, carried the ball 18 times for 135 yards and the game's only two touchdowns as the Indians beat their Parkway Conference foe, 14-2, at Chartiers Valley.
"I just wanted to help us to a win," Dillon said. "That's all I wanted."
Four minutes into the second quarter, Dillon capped a 16-play, 80-yard drive by taking a pitch 11 yards for a score for the first touchdown between the teams in 51/2 quarters this season.
Then in the fourth quarter, Dillon sealed the victory when he took the snap from the wildcat formation, made one cut and ran 56 yards for a touchdown to give the Indians a 14-2 lead after the extra point.
"It was supposed to be to the outside, but I saw everyone flowing outside and I saw a hole so I just cut up," Dillon said.
Dillon's performance helped the Indians (10-1) outrush Montour (9-2), 250-41, despite West Allegheny missing its leading rusher, Tory Delmonico, because of an injury.
Meanwhile, the Indians defense continued its dominance against Montour. The Spartans have scored 345 points this season in 11 games, but only five points in two games against the Indians.
One of the keys for West Allegheny was shutting down Montour's leading rusher and receiver, Devin Wilson. Wilson came into the quarterfinal matchup with more than 1,000 yards receiving and 600 yards rushing. But he had just five carries for 3 yards and two catches for 11 yards Friday night as he was shadowed by West Allegheny senior Zech Medved for much of the game.
"He's a very good football player and our captain," West Allegheny coach Bob Palko said of Medved. "Zech is very headsy; very intelligent. We asked him to do a lot. We put a lot on his plate and he executed it."
The Indians finished with four sacks and recovered two fumbles, one of which came after Montour drove inside the West Allegheny 20 in the second quarter.
First Published November 10, 2012 12:16 am