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2004 Gateway vs. Trinity Area Hillers - Pre-Game Warmup

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Preview: Gateway Gators vs. Trinity Area Hillers

Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - from the offices of

The Gators go on the road for the second consecutive week and head southwest to the Washington, PA area to take on the Trinity Area Hillers, coached by Ed Dalton. Ed Dalton coached the Mt. Pleasant Vikings during their heyday in the 1980's, and more recently coached at Purchase Line and Altoona. Like the Gateway - Thomas Jefferson matchup, this will be the first meeting between Gateway and Trinity. The Hillers, (3-4 overall, 2-3 conf.), defeated Indiana (AAA), Fox Chapel, and Latrobe for their three victories.

Stats now available from the TJ game

Gator Bits:

  • Gateway has won six consecutive games
  • As a team, Gateway has rushed for 1,899 yards in 7 games (271.28 yd/pg avg), and passed for 901 yards, an average of 128.7 yards per game.
  • Matt Houy and Paul Shulikov each had 13 pancake blocks against Thomas Jefferson. Overall, Houy leads the Gators with 57 pancake blocks, while Shulikov has 37
  • RB Justin King needs just 67 yards to break the 4,000 yard mark, and become the 3rd ever WPIAL AAAA runner to achieve that mark and the 30th overall WPIAL player to break 4,000
  • King is the 2nd leading rusher in the WPIAL with 1,314 yards rushing, 132 yards behind Penn Hills' Ed Collington
  • The Gators had their first interception turnover in more than 20 games, when QB Aaron Smith was picked off against TJ
  • QB Aaron Smith needs 120 yards passing to break 1,000 for the season
  • Gateway is the highest scoring WPIAL team with 320 points in 7 games, an average of 45.7 ppg
  • Gateway's defense has allowed 67 points in 7 games, the 2nd lowest in WPIAL AAAA, for an average of 9.6 ppg
  • Trinity has scored 161 points in 7 games, an average of 23.0 ppg, while allowing 169 points, an average of 24.1 ppg
  • Trinity's record since 1999 is 25-34. 1999 (1-9), 2000 (5-5), 2001 (7-3), 2002 (4-6), 2003 (3-7), 2004 (3-4)
  • Gateway's record since 1999 is 38-22-1. 1999 (7-4), 2000 (5-4-1), 2001 (2-8), 2002 (9-3), 2003 (9-2), 2004 (6-1)
  • Gateway is ranked #2 in the PIAA by PA Football News, #2 in the WPIAL AAAA by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and MSN Sports
  • Trinity is not ranked