Albert Gallatin used a potent rushing attack and a strong defensive effort in a 42-0 shutout over James Buchanan on Friday night at Albert Gallatin Stadium.

The Colonials (3-0) have recorded back-to-back shutouts, as they blanked Brashear, 14-0, on Sept. 6. Albert Gallatin limited James Buchanan to -11 yards rushing and 42 total.

"I can't remember the last time we've had two shutouts in a row," Albert Gallatin coach Drew Dindl said. "Gary Pillar, who is our defensive coordinator, came up with a great gameplan to shut them down. The crowd and community have been great. There is great morale around here, and it makes a difference when you're winning."

The Colonials won the coin toss, elected to receive and chewed up seven minutes of clock before Caleb Lang scored on a one-yard run for a 6-0 lead.

"I would love to see what the time of possession was," Dindl said. "We hit a few big plays, but I was happy with the long, sustained drives. They also downed a ball at our own 1, but we went on a 99-yard drive."

Albert Gallatin extended its advantage to 14-0 with 1:12 left in the first quarter when Bruno Fabrycki scored on a one-yard run and Tristan Robinson added the two-point conversion.

Antonio Efford's 42-yard run at 5:12 of the second quarter pushed the Colonials' lead to 20-0, and Dylan Shea capped off the first-half scoring on a nine-yard touchdown reception from Robinson with 4 seconds left. Jace Bowers made the first of two PATs.

Robinson was 3 of 7 for 38 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 54 yards on eight carries.

"Tristan completed a few nice passes tonight," Dindl said. "He is just a sophomore, and sometimes I forget that. He does whatever I ask of him and puts in the work."

Malik Kirby opened the second-half scoring with a 15-yard run at 7:52 of the third quarter and Kolby Varano ran in the two-point conversion.

Varano closed the scoring on a five-yard run with 1:50 left in the third quarter.

James Buchanan (2-3) did its best to hold down Kirby in the early going, but Dindl was happy to see the rest of the Colonials step up.

"Their gameplan was to stop Malik, but we had other guys that stepped up, which is the sign of a team win," Dindl said. "It was great to see guys like Antonio Efford, Bruno Fabrycki and Caleb Lang on the edge. Kolby Varano also ran hard. Kolby and Malik are our A-backs, and they are tough cookies that get yards after contact."

Albert Gallatin rushed for 347 yards, and once Kirby got some room, he was able to rush for a game-high 76 yards on seven carries. Lang gained 62 yards on six carries.

The Colonials are at Allegany, Md. (0-3) next Friday before returning home to host University High (W.Va.) on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. AG will also be celebrating Homecoming.

"We are glad to get a few wins, but we are not done yet," Dindl said. "We want to keep this rolling. We will not take anything for granted or take anyone lightly."

James Buchanan          0          0          0           0 —   0

Albert Gallatin            14         13        15          0 — 42

First Quarter

AG: Caleb Long 1 run (kick failed), 5:00

AG: Bruno Fabrycki 1 run (Tristan Robinson run), 1:12

Second Quarter

AG: Antonio Efford 42 run (two point failed), 5:12

AG: Dylan Shea 9 pass from Tristan Robinson (Jace Bowers kick), :04

Third Quarter

AG: Malik Kirby 15 run (Kolby Varano run), 7:52

AG: Kolby Varano 5 run (Jace Bowers kick), 1:50

Records: Albert Gallatin (3-0), James Buchanan (2-3).

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Uniontown and Laurel Highlands should also leave the wpial. WPIAL loves their perennial champs, and our kids are cannon fodder for teams with 10 times the tax revenue to recruit players. Not fair to our kids. Don't teach them to be losers. Start our own conference, the WPIAL is not concerned for us or our kids

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