Jameel Poteat got a scare in the second quarter, on a short run. As he was gang-tackled by a few Gateway defenders, Poteat heard his knee crack. He remained down for a few minutes, but was able to walk off the field on his own power, and was back on the field two plays later. It turns out, just the sound was far worse than what he imagined.
"I messed my knee up a little bit," Poteat said. "At first, my knee cracked, that's why I was freaking out like that," Poteat said. "We fought back. We beat a very good football team. We knew they were going to try to stop the run. We just had to get over our lumps in the first half."
That kind of blue-collar attitude seems to make him an ideal fit at the school he committed to in July, the Pitt Panthers. Poteat went on to rush for 91 yards on 27 carries, including a two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, that clinched the win.
Poteat, whose longest run of the day was of 15 yards, ground it out all day, as his McDevitt team possessed the ball for 10 minutes of the second quarter, and started off the third quarter with a long field goal drive. Ball possession was key.
"That was real big," Poteat said. "It's such great team, a wonderful defense. Those are the best linebackers I've seen. We came out and fought."
On defense, McDevitt's next big time recruit, Noah Spence, looks to be the playmaking equivalent on defense, that Poteat is to the offense. Spence had two tackles for losses, three quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. Spence, at 6-4, 240, played primarily at defensive end, but also lined up at defensive tackle, sometimes over the nose.
Spence currently has 14 offers, including one from Pitt.
"(Recruiting) is going great," Spence said. "I have 14 offers now, but I don't have any favorites now. Off the top of my head, I don't know who they all are right now. I'm thinking about (which games to go to) towards the middle of the season."
Poteat watched Pitt's game the other night, and although he hated to see his future team lose, is optimistic about the rest of the season. He also said he is hoping to make it in for the Miami game, but isn't sure because of practice, as well as his school schedule.
"I watched (the Pitt-Utah game)," Poteat said. "Dion (Lewis), that's my man. He had a pretty good game. Tino (Sunseri) is young. They're going to be a great football team. I'm looking forward to (Pitt) fighting back, and getting to a big bowl game."
As far as their big win Saturday, both players agreed it means a lot to setting the tone for the rest of their season. If anything, like Pitt, they respect the fact they played a tough opponent.
"We came out here and really wanted to win against a western (Pennsylvania) team," Spence added. "We were 0-3 against western Pennsylvania teams, and really needed this win. It will definitely help us a lot. It will give us a little leeway, and make us look like we know what we're doing. We're not as young as everybody thinks we are."
Spence pointed out the 2010 McDevitt team includes just 11 seniors on its roster.
"It was the best thing we could have done, playing against a fast team," Poteat said of Gateway. "We play a great team next week in Central Dauphin. This competition level here was so good. I think we're going to be pretty good."