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Warriors on the Attack

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Every Friday night, boys with dreams walk on to a field under bright lights in front of their family, classmates and friends. It’s not about stats; it’s about winning the game and ultimately winning the championship.

The Penn-Trafford Warriors duo of quarterback Brett Laffoon and wide receiver Tim Vecchio have the stats. They have the wins. And they are working hard for that elusive championship. The Warriors have lost in the WPIAL semifinals the past two seasons to Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

The Warriors defense is dominant, posting a pair of shutouts and surrendering more than eight points once in their first seven contests. They allow just 6.1 points per game (just 3.8 per game over the past month).

Penn-Trafford's offense has been just as explosive. Led by the pass-and-catch duo of seniors Laffoon and Vecchio--as well the contributions of running back Jonah Lisbon--the Warriors offense is a high-flying unit that entered the season's final two weeks averaging more than 50 points per game.

“It certainly makes our coaching job a lot easier with kids who understand what we want to do offensively,” said Penn-Trafford head coach John Ruane about Vecchio and Laffoon, who have played as a duo since elementary school.

Vecchio finished last season with 1,022 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns to make him one of the WPIAL’s most productive receivers. He has committed to play football at Robert Morris in 2016.

“It would definitely be nice to play with Brett after this year, but he’s going to do great no matter what,” Vecchio said about his quarterback. But despite throwing for 2,005 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior—and rushing for 405 yards and 5 scores—Laffoon has not drawn significant college interest.

“I haven’t had many looks so I might just be going to school, not playing football,” Laffoon said. “If the opportunity comes from an engineering school then I’ll look into it but as of right now, I probably won’t play in college.”

Meanwhile, Vecchio, Laffoon and Lisbon continue to torch opposing defenses. Lisbon takes care of matters on the ground with 689 yards rushing and a whopping 10.4 per carry average.Penn-Trafford Tim Vecchio

In the air, it's the duo of Vecchio and Laffoon. Vecchio has 20 catches for 499 yards (a 25.0 yard per catch average) and 10 touchdowns, while Laffoon has thrown for 1,235 yards and 16 touchdowns (and just 2 interceptions) through seven games.

“Stats don’t mean anything if you can’t win football games,” said Laffoon. “You play the game first and stats later come with them. But stats don’t give you a championship ring so we’re going to keep winning games and reach our goal. We’ll worry about the stats later.”

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