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Congratulations to the 2011 class of the GSHOF

  »2011-11-12 Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Banquet photos

Battle for the Bell, The Rematch, this Friday @ Hempfield

The Gators (8-2) will face Penn-Trafford (10-0) this Friday @ Hempfield in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. The Gators will get their chance to avenge their loss earlier this season and advance in the playoffs to face the NA/Seneca Valley winner for the trip to Heinz.

51,327 photos and counting...

We passed the 50,000 photo mark (and 541 videos) this past week at the Shaler game. Hope you all enjoy the coverage we provide to the Gateway community at no charge. Please support our site by buying photo prints, merchandise from our store or LIKE our Facebook page.

Thanks from Marianne & Shane

Gators female hoopster signs with Baylor

Destiny Brown, 5-10, Guard, Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway HS) --- Brown is ranked No. 34 nationally by Blue Star Basketball and is a sixth-team Sporting News High School All-American. She averaged 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists while leading Gateway (Pa.) High School. She played AAU basketball for the Philly Belles. "Destiny is a skilled shooting guard who has an excellent mid-range game and a high basketball IQ," said Mulkey. "She has good size and length for her position. Destiny will be able to stretch the defense and play multiple positions."

Congrats to Destiny and her family!

Gators pound Shaler 52-13

In ten seasons as a head coach at Gateway, Terry Smith has never missed the WPIAL Playoffs. In the previous nine years, the Gators have won every first round match up. That streak would continue tonight at Antamarino Stadium as Gateway scored 20 1st quarter points on its way to the 52-13 win over the 12th seeded Titans. Darin Franklin capped off the opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Shaler was forced to punt on its initial possession, and Cody Conway blocked J.P. Holtz’ kick and Graham Davis recovered the ball in the end zone to put Gateway up 14-0. Devantae Butler would intercept Ryan Mincher on the next possession and Patrick Livsey would make that turnover hurt by scoring on a 2-yard run. With (4:29) remaining in the opening quarter, the Gators had jumped out to a 20-0 lead and this game was pretty much over. Thomas Woodson scored on a 26-yard run in the 2nd quarter and Franklin and Livsey would add their 2nd TD runs of the first half, and Gateway led 38-0 at halftime.

Brian Jones added a pair of second half TD runs to round out the scoring for the Gators. Mincher, who finished with 151-yards passing for the Titans, would throw scoring strikes to Sean Gavin from 24-yards and to Alex Conway from 9-yards - picking up most of his passing yardage after Gateway had already started substituting. The Gavin TD catch snapped Gateway’s scoreless streak at 165:24 minutes. Franklin finished with 107-yards rushing for Gateway, all in the first half, as the Gators rushed for 293-yards as a team.

Shaler’s season ends at (5-5). Gateway (8-2), the 5th seed in the AAAA tournament, advances to the quarterfinals for a rematch with Penn-Trafford. The Warriors defeated Gateway 16-14 in week 4 on a 31-yard field goal with (:01) remaining. (Thanks MSA Sports)

Note: No newspaper articles were published on either the PG or TRIB sites that provided a summary of the game. Sorry!

  »2011-11-04 Gateway vs. Shaler game photos
 2011-11-04 Gateway vs. Shaler - Ch. 11 highlights Watch
 2011-11-04 Penn-Trafford vs. Bethel Park - Ch. 11 highlights Watch

Gators to face Shaler this Friday to open playoffs

The Gators (7-2) will host Shaler (5-4) this Friday @ home. The Gators received the #5 seed while Shaler is #12. The Gators last played Shaler in 2008 at Norwin stadium in the 2nd round - winning 24-0. The Gators are 19-5 all-time against Shaler. One big note is that should Gateway prevail against Shaler - they will likely get a rematch with Penn-Trafford in the 2nd round...

  »Download the AAAA bracket here

Another new video from our archives... Justin King's Senior Highlights video

We are slowly going through our archives and making videos such as these available free via our website - videos which have never been published before. Enjoy!

   2004 Justin King Senior Highlights video (29 minutes) Watch

Gators pound McKeesport 38-0

In one of the most complete and dominating games of Coach Smith's career, the Gators mercy-ruled McKeesport (6-3) at the Tiger's own stadium. At halftime, the Gators led 10-0 and had 188 yards of offense to 14 yards for McKeesport (13 plays).

In the 2nd half, the Gators kicked off to McKeesport and promptly forced them to punt after 3 plays and from there started a 28 point burst behind big plays by Darin Franklin. By 1:40 of the 3rd the Gators invoked the mercy rule on the Tigers and started subbing in the JV's who shut out the hosts the rest of the way. When the JV's started subbing at 1:40 - McKeesport had 26 yards of total offense!

This was the first time the Gators shut McKeesport out since 1986, the second time ever that the Gators shutout McKeesport in 33 total games dating back to 1975 - and coming into this game McKeesport was averaging 40 points per game.

McKeesport coach Jim Ward said "I don't think we expected this and how we responded to some of that adversity and not moving the ball early and some turnovers ... all those things shocked our guys, and we're sitting in a locker room where they thoroughly beat us."

For more on this game check out the news articles. The Gators will find out Monday their path to Heinz field (the WPIAL playoff brackets). We'll have that info by around 9pm Monday night.

  »2011-10-28 Gateway vs. McKeesport game photos
   2011-10-28 Gateway vs. McKeesport - Ch. 4 highlights Watch
   2011-10-28 Gateway vs. McKeesport - Ch. 11 highlights Watch

Gators victorious over the Falcons 40-0

The Gators held the visiting Falcons to a mere 133 yards of offense in winning their third shutout win of the season. (See news articles for more game info).

  »2011-10-21 Gateway vs. Connellsville game photos

Gators extend winless streak against PCC by losing 13-7

The Gators put up a valiant effort but couldn't punch in a second score and were held scoreless in the 2nd half in losing to Central, the #1 team in the state. Central extended their hex over the Gators by winning their 10th game in a row. Gateway's all-time record against PCC now stands at 12-18-1. The Gators will return to section play on the 21st against Connellsville.

  »2011-10-14 Gateway vs. Central Catholic game photos
   2011-10-14 Gateway vs. Central Catholic - Ch. 2 highlights Watch
   2011-10-14 Gateway vs. Central Catholic - Ch. 4 highlights Watch
   2011-10-14 Gateway vs. Central Catholic - Ch. 11 highlights Watch
   2011-10-07 Gateway vs. Hempfield in the locker room & sidelines (Root Sports) Watch

Sluggish Gators top the Spartans 36-0

See the news articles for more info...

  »2011-10-07 Gateway vs. Hempfield game photos

Gators defeat Norwin 85-0

The Gators scored 42 points in the 1st quarter, had a 62-0 halftime lead, and the JV's played the entire 2nd half and still scored another 23 points to make the final a record-breaking 85-0. Gators had 586 yards of offense to 28 for Norwin. Game played in a light rain most of the night.

See the news articles for more info...

  »2011-09-30 Gateway vs. Norwin game photos
   2011-10-01 Gateway vs. Penn-Trafford - Youth Football in Steelers Country Highlights Watch
   2011-10-01 Gateway Special Story - Youth Football in Steelers Country Watch

Gateway's Destiny Brown named to All-American list

The Sporting News annual college basketball preview recently hit newsstands, and Gateway senior Destiny Brown was recognized in the girls high school basketball preview section. Brown was selected to the sixth team of the magazine's All-American squad. She is the only Pennsylvania player among the 30 players on the six teams.

The team is made up of the top players in the country, regardless of year in school. Brown gave a verbal commitment in June to play in college at national power Baylor.

See the news article on our news tab for the full story...

Gators lose on last second FG to P-T, 16-14

The Gators lost to PT for the first time since 2001, when the Gators D couldn't hold a 14-13 lead with 1:40 on the clock... allowing PT to drive down to the Gators 14 before kicking a 31 yard last second FG to win the Battle of the Bell.

See the news stories for more info.

  »2011-09-23 Gateway vs. Penn-Trafford game photos
   2011-09-23 Gateway vs. Penn-Trafford - Ch. 2 highlights Watch
   2011-09-23 Gateway vs. Penn-Trafford - Ch. 11 highlights Watch

Gators pass over Latrobe 45-7

Sideline video coming soon! Please see the news articles for game info...

  »2011-09-16 Gateway vs. Latrobe game photos
   2011-09-16 Gateway vs. Latrobe - Ch. 2 highlights Watch
   2011-09-16 Gateway vs. Latrobe - Ch. 4 highlights Watch
   2011-09-16 KDKA Darrell Turner feature story Watch
   2011-09-16 WPXI Darrell Turner feature story Watch

Gators outslug Penn Hills 19-13

See news articles for wrapup...

  »2011-09-09 Gateway vs. Penn Hills game photos
   2011-09-09 Gateway vs. Penn Hills - Ch. 4 highlights High Def
   2011-09-09 Gateway vs. Penn Hills - Ch. 11 highlights High Def

Gators stomp McDevitt 28-7

The Gators got a stout defensive effort in their season opener against the defending PIAA AAA runners-up. Gateway (1-0) limited Bishop McDevitt (0-1) to just 167 yards of offense, including a paltry 39 on the ground, and forced three second half turnovers to pull away for a 28-7 victory from a soaking wet Antimarino Stadium in Monroeville.

  »2011-09-04 Gateway vs. Bishop McDevitt game photos
   2011-09-01 Root Sports special on Darrell Turner High Def
   2011-09-04 Terry Smith pregame lockeroom speech High Def
   2011-09-04 Pregame ceremony for Darrell Turner High Def

Check the news articles for the post-game wrapup...

New videos from our archives...

We recently came across these videos in our archives - which had not previously been available on our site. We are now pleased to be able to offer these for your viewing enjoyment...

   2007 WPIAL Championship Game FSN Special "The Game" (40 minutes) Watch
   2004 Jarvis vs. King Watch

Justin King videos... these are remastered from the originals now in higher quality.
   2004 Justin King college choice press conference Watch
   2004 Justin King highlights video Watch
   2004 A day in the life of Justin King Watch
   2004 Checking the Pulse with Justin King Watch
   2004 Justin King's run that breaks the all-time Gateway rushing record vs. Connellsville Watch
   2004 Justin King runs over a WH player in the playoffs Watch
   2004 Channel 11 highlights of Gateway vs. Latrobe (King runs for 365 yards) Watch
   2004 Channel 4 highlights of Gateway vs. Penn Hills semis game Watch

Gators top Bethel Park 4-0 in 2nd scrimmage

The Gators - despite playing without starting QB Woodson, topped Bethel Park 4-0 on a great Friday night at Antimarino Stadium. Gators RB Franklin had two rushing TD's while Patrick Livsey added another. The "D" did not allow BP past midfield during the entire Varsity scrimmage - and Haakim Oliver added a 35 yard fumble return for a TD.

  »2011-08-26 Gateway vs. Bethel Park scrimmage photos

Up next, the Gators will take on AAA powerhouse Bishop McDevitt on Sunday Sept. 4 @ 6pm at home.

Gateway Kickoff Classic - 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011
Antimarino Stadium, Monroeville, PA

2pm Pittsburgh Central Catholic vs. Arch Bishop Wood
6pm Gateway vs. Bishop McDevitt (Comcast)

Tickets for the Gateway Kickoff Classic:

All tickets at the Gate September 4 are: $10

Pre Sale tickets at Gateway and Pittsburgh Central Catholic are: $8 Adult $5 Students

Tickets will be sold at the Monroeville Midget Football practice at Mosside Middle School on Tuesday August 30 from 6pm-8pm. Tickets are $5 Adult $3 Students for these 2 hours only.

Tickets will be sold at the Pitcairn Midget Football practice at Pitcairn Park on Thursday September 1 from 6pm-8pm. Tickets are $5 Adult $3 Students for these 2 hours only.

2011 Gateway Gators team roster
2011 Bishop McDevitt team roster
2011 Pittsburgh Central Catholic team roster
2011 Arch Bishop Wood team roster

2011 Gateway Football desktop wallpapers

The 2011 Gateway Football desktop wallpapers are now available here. Special thanks to Larry G. for the time and effort!

2011 Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Class announced

The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame is celebrating its 13th year in 2011, and the hall-of-fame committee has announced the Class of 2011.

This year's induction class includes athletes Ken Karish, Cynthia Rose, Kevin Lynch, Todd Washington and Anthony Scarpino; teacher and coach Tom LaBuff and the 1985 Gators varsity wrestling team.

The Class of 2011 will bring the total numbers inducted to 84 athletes and coaches and 14 teams.

The induction ceremony will be Nov. 12 at Churchill Valley Country Club.

Ticket information can be obtained through the Gateway Athletic Office at 412-373-5750 or by calling Tony Petrocelli at 412-373-3373.

Read the full press release here

1st Annual Gateway Football Mattress Fundraiser!

Saturday August 20 @ Gateway from 10am - 5pm

  • All Sizes Available
  • Pillowtops, Orthopedic and Memory Foams
  • All brand new with Factory Warranties
  • Free Layaway available
  • Name brands such as Restronic, Sotherland and more
  • Delivery Available
  • Profits go directly to the team!!
  • Save 30%- 60% off retail

For more information read the flyer here

2011 Letter of Intent day

Four Gators signed their Letter of Intent --- Armstead Williams Jr. LB Purdue, Dondi Kirby Jr. S Illinois, Keith Robinson Jr. DB Mercyhurst College and Christian Richardson WR John Hopkins University.
  »2011-02-02 Letter of Intent day photos

Open Letter to the Gateway Football Community from the founder of

Dear Gateway community,
Since 2003, we have covered every single Gateway Gators football game, both home and away, scrimmages, and playoff games – 96 games in all. We’ve built the most popular high school football “team” site in Pennsylvania with over 500 visitors and gigabytes of images and video distributed each day. We’ve taken over 40,000 photos – all for free online on this site, hundreds of hours of video, and created over 500 video clips. Because we live in eastern Westmoreland County, it is - at minimum - an 80 mile round trip for us to each game, so to date we’ve driven well over 10,000 miles to attend all the games home and away.

During a typical season, we invest nearly $10,000 of our time, both personal and business, to operate this site, produce the videos and photo gallery, locate and publish content to the site, and our average income on the site has been around $200 a year. On a weekly basis, this represents over 20 hours a week of time we would otherwise be working on “paying” jobs or spending with our family and children.

It’s now time to ask you, the students and the community to be more involved in the site. We can no longer afford to devote this level of our time to maintaining the site without some sort of help from you.

Ideally we’d like volunteers to help take some of the roles needed to operate the site, but in the nearly two months we’ve had the “call for volunteers” posted on the homepage, we haven’t received a single inquiry.

We don’t know what our plans are for the 2011 season as of yet, but we’ll know a lot more based on the level of community or student interest we receive to help us take over parts of operating this great site.

Thanks in advance,

2011 Volunteer Opportunities

We are seeking the following volunteer assistance for the 2011 football season:

Sideline Photographer. This person will be responsible for taking all the photos pregame, during the game, and postgame for use on the web site. Approximately 350-500 photos per game. Must have a professional Digital SLR camera and (preferably) L quality lenses for shooting high speed action in low light conditions. Must be available to attend both scrimmages and ALL varsity games, home and away for the duration of the season and playoffs. Additionally looking for JV and 9th grade photographers, can be the same person or different persons. Also the ability to use FTP to upload the JPEG photos to us for processing into the online photo gallery within 12 hours of the game. (Note: more information and exact requirements are available by contacting us)

Sideline videographer. This person will be responsible for taking all video pregame, during the game, and postgame for use on the web site. Previous experience filming football games (at some level) is preferred. Must supply your own HD camcorder (we use a Canon HF10) and be able to supply raw video to us so that we can make it into a weekly highlight video. Must be able to bring us the camera so that we can export the raw video within 12 hours of the game.

Web site content writer/blogger. Great opportunity for a student, alumni or other Gateway fan to use the resources of this web site and the internet to write content for our site and use this as part of your portfolio (if you need it). This will include writing periodic off-season stories, and more importantly writing the pregame warmups and postgame game stories. Also will be a "staff writer" for a blog that we will be implementing in 2011. Should have good writing ability and be able to send examples of written work.

If one of these opportunities interests you or you would like more information about the positions, please Contact Us and let us know.

Darrell Turner funeral info

Mount Ararat Baptist Church
271 Paulson Avenue
East Liberty PA 15206
Thursday 2-8pm

Potters House
430 Cathedral Ave
Mt. Oliver PA 15210
Friday 11am

One Gateway Player killed, one wounded in NC shooting

Thursday June 23, 2011
Gateway High School football player was killed and a teammate was wounded in a double shooting late Thursday at a shopping center in Durham, N.C. Friends of Gateway senior Darrell Turner already have put up a Facebook page mourning his death. Mr. Turner and his teammate, junior Thomas Woodson, were shot in the parking lot outside an AT&T store near the Comfort Inn and Suites hotel, where their team was staying on the way to a camp in Florida, Durham police said.

Mr. Turner was pronounced dead at Duke University Hospital a short time later, according to news reports from Durham. Mr. Woodson suffered a non-life-threatening injury to the leg.

Investigators learned that the shooting suspect was staying at the nearby SpringHill Marriot hotel, police said. Officers arrested him there around 2:10 a.m. today. The suspect had been eating at an Outback Steakhouse across the road a few minutes before the shooting and didn't know the victims, police told Durham news outlets. Investigators aren't sure what prompted the shooting.

Mr. Turner would have been a senior this coming school year. Gators coach Terry Smith listed him as a Division I prospect on his preseason questionnaire for the 2010 season. He played linebacker and was a part-time starter in 2009 on a team that went 12-1 and lost to Woodland Hills, 10-0, in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. Turner was a full-time starter last year as a junior.

Thomas Woodson, a to-be Junior is the team's starting QB, and started all 11 games in 2010 as a Sophomore.

06/27 Suspect in Monroeville football player's death held pending hearing (Trib)

06/26 In Loving Memory of Darrell “Mook” Turner (OTHER)

06/26 Friday incident second in as many days of fatal shootings (OTHER)

06/25 HS football players shot in fatal 'altercation' (OTHER)

06/24 More info on shooting of Gateway football players (PG)

06/24 Facebook Tribute Page To Darrell (OTHER)

06/24 Durham double shooting targets visiting teens (VIDEO) (OTHER)

06/24 Texas man charged with killing teen visiting Durham (OTHER)

06/24 Gateway High School football players shot (Trib)

06/24 One Gateway student dead, another injured in N.C. shooting (PG)

Darrell Turner #25 Gateway Gators
Darrell Turner #25 Gateway Gators
Thomas Woodson #4 Gateway Gators

Roberto Blanding, former Gateway NT, 2011

Please join us in wishing the family of former tough Gateway NT Roberto Blanding condolences on his passing.
Please visit to sign his guestbook.

Gateway Football Quick Facts

# of seasons: 67
Total # of games played: 591
All-time record: 384 W, 194 L, 13 T
Overall Winning Percentage: 0.6497

# of photos on this site: 62,693
# of videos on this site: 562
# of news articles on this site: 2,560

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