Tillman and turnovers lead Central Catholic over North Allegheny in WPIAL 6A Championship game

PITTSBURGH, Pa- It was a beautiful November evening on Friday as the (6-0) North Allegheny Tigers took on the (5-2) Central Catholic Vikings in a battle for the WPIAL 6A Championship.


It didn't take long for the Tigers to strike first, as early on in the first drive of the game, senior quarterback Greg Phillips was able to connect with Mason Kress on a 60-yard passing touchdown.


Central Catholic, on their ensuing drive, would then cut that seven-point lead down with a field-goal


North Allegheny tried to pad their lead midway through the first quarter, mixing up the run and the pass as they marched down the field for yet another touchdown to extend their lead to 14-3 nearing the end of the first quarter.


Central Catholic's Eddy Tillman answered the call and began helping the Vikings close the gap.


Central kept handing the rock to Tillman and he would not disappoint as he lit up the stat sheet early on in the game. His first touchdown shortened the lead to just four points early on in the second quarter.


Tigers' quarterback Greg Phillips tried to show his dominance once again as he drove down the field and completed a touchdown pass to Khalil Dinkins to add some cushion to the lead and make it a 21-10 game in favor of North Allegheny.


This is where the tides began to turn, as North Allegheny's pooch kicks on kickoffs finally backfired. Anderson Cynkar evaded would-be tacklers and returned it to the house to narrow the Tiger lead to 21-17 late in the second quarter.


After a dominant start, Greg Phillips began to falter as he was picked off by JD Younger to set up the Vikings with great field position. With the game late in the second quarter, Central Catholic was able to manage the clock and run the ball well. Eddy Tillman once again was able to punch in another score as time was winding down in the first half.


At the half, the score was 24-21 Central Catholic with all of the momentum on their side.


Both teams would start to turn the ball over more in the second half as Central Catholic threw an interception on the first drive of the half. Greg Phillips for North Allegheny threw an interception of his own on the very next drive and was taken to the house by Anderson Cynkar. The score was this made the gap 10 points, as the Vikings led 31-21.


There wasn't much more North Allegheny could do after that.


Phillips had a rough half and missed a few wide-open receivers and was sacked numerous times by the Vikings' defense.


The Central lead, however, was only a touchdown when North Allegheny took the field with under half of the fourth quarter remaining. On a must score drive, Phillips was again picked off. This time, Anthony Speca found the ball in his hands and took it to the 1-yard line.


Another Tillman touchdown put the Vikings up 38-24 with just two minutes and thirty seconds remaining.


The North Allegheny offense was unable to string together any late-game heroics, and Central Catholic secured their second 6A title in a row,


Central Catholic will now advance to play the District 10 champion, McDowell, who advanced after their would-be game with Erie High School was forfeited due to Covid-19.


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