Dillon Runs To Victory

Chayse Dillon was a starting running back as a sophomore for West Allegheny's (PA) WPIAL Championship team in 2012. Dillon, and a number of other juniors return, appear poised at another run.

Chayse Dillon and his West Allegheny (PA) team are off to another 5-0 start. They captured a big win Friday, 13-7, over Central Valley--led by 2015 four-star Jordan Whitehead and senior quarterback Nate Climo.

It was a big win, but Dillon and his teammates know there are another four regular season games--all expected to be tough, before playoffs starts. In other words, a great win, but no need to rest on their laurels.

"We just prepare for every game," Dillon said. "Saturday, we started watching film, and we start correcting ourselves from this game. Then Monday, it all starts."

It's also likely the two teams will see each other again in the postseason.

So far this season, Dillon has rushed for 608 yards and five touchdowns, in five games this season. Friday night against Central Valley, following a turnover, Dillon capitalized by rushing 28 yards for a touchdown. He finished with 105 yards for the night, a big part in his team's win.

While his junior year is obviously underway, the recruiting is slowly coming in to play. Dillon says there's plenty of time to figure that out. He and a few of his teammates went to Pittsburgh's 14-3 win over Virginia on Saturday.

"I get some letters, we went to the Pitt game, we're going to Penn State later this season," Dillon said. "There's plenty of time to figure that out."

Even at 5-0, relishing an opportunity to get back to Heinz Field for a second year in a row, head coach Bob Palko is impressed with this junior class he has. He tries to stay humble about it. At the same time, it's pretty easy to be impressed with what this group has already accomplished.

"That comes from 5:45 (am) workouts in January," Palko said. "The kids also know we care about them. It's something that's great to be a part of.

"They're all getting looked at. Chayse is a very explosive kid. They're doing very well."


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