Duquesne City football defeats Mt. Lebanon 38-0 in season opener

Posted by Jeremy Tepper on 9/7/2023

Minutes before Duquesne City played its opening football game against Mt. Lebanon, head coach John Mahone held up his fingers in the shape of the number zero.

“This should be on the board when we leave,” Mahone said.

The Dukes lived up to Mahone’s goal, shutting out Mt. Lebanon 38-0 for an emphatic victory. Showing tremendous speed and strength, the Dukes defense made play after play. As the Dukes hunted ball carriers with conviction, the Blue Devils rarely — if ever — truly threatened to score.

“The defense played well today,” Mahone said. “We made a couple mental mistakes. But we played hard, got to the ball and made tackles.”

The Dukes got off to a feverish start, as Jarelle Mason took the opening kickoff and evaded and ran through a number of would-be tacklers on the way to the endzone. The offense sputtered the rest of the half, but rebounded with a 32-point second half.

“We started a little slow. But after I got them in at halftime and gave them a little pep talk, we started executing our plays and getting things together,” Mahone said.

Ra’zohn Pitts jumped in front of a pass and took it to the endzone for a pick-six in the early parts of the 3rd quarter. Afterwards, Dae-mere Johnson reached paydirt on two touchdown runs in the 3rd quarter. Mason scored once more in the 4th quarter to bring the Dukes' final point total to 38.

It was — all and all — an excellent start to what Mahone believes will be a special season.

“The confidence level is high, and I know what my guys can do,” Mahone said. “Looking at what we have this year, we didn’t really rebuild, we just reloaded.”