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Varsity Eats Up Big Macs; 27 - 14

Varsity Eats Up Big Macs; 27 - 14

     Feeding off of the energy generated by an incredible parachute drop in PTHS Stadium, the Peters Township Varsity pounded out a big win over Canon-McMillan. It was Military Appreciation night and three American Warriors made perfect jumps onto the field. In this manner, the game ball and a brilliant American flag were delivered.
Clear, still skies and a football friendly 61 degree temperature further enhanced a great environment for a game. PT began the opening drive on their own 35 yard line. QB Cory Owen had a nice run for 5 yards but PT had to punt shortly after. Christian Phelps brought down the CM return man on the CM 29. With Nick Kirsch and Ethan Anderson blanketing potential receivers, the Big Macs were forced to punt. With the ball back, the Indians made the first big play of the game when Owen passed to Conner Freely for a 47 yard gain to the CM 21. Things stalled there and CM took over on their own 24 with 7:24 left in the first quarter. Anderson, Jake Uhler and Conner Manning hustled up the hitting and made CM punt again. PT now had the ball on their own 33. TJ Kpan blasted off an 11 yard run and Owen hit Timmy Swoope on a third down gain to the CM 37. Swoope continued what was to become a big night when he took another pass to the CM 15.

At 11:53 of the 2nd Quarter, Owen broke the ice with a nifty 13 yard TD run. Nick Gaudy kicked the extra point to give the Indians a 7-0 lead. Swoope made a nice 3rd down tackle which forced CM to punt. On the next defensive stand, Uhler and Anderson put the Macs in a hole by bringing down runner for a 4 yard loss. With 7:25 left in the half and PT on their own 41, Kpan ran for a 9 yard gain. The Owen to Swoope air show continued when Timmy took a bomb to the PT 14 and then hauled in one for a PT TD. Gaudy drilled the extra point and the Indians held a 14-0 lead with 6:10 to go in the half. James Minton and Clayton Yeates flew down on the ensuing kick-off to gang up for the tackle. Swoope delivered a hard hit for one stop and Mike McAleavey whacked down another Big Mac runner. This sequence got PT the ball back on their own 36 at the 4 minute mark. Another big strike from Owen to Swoope set up Kpan carries that moved the ball to the 2. Owen promptly carried the ball for the TD and Gaudy was again on target with his kick. The Big Macs got on the board at the end of the half to climb back into the game, 21 – 7.
Despite good defensive plays by Phelps, Anderson, Uhler and Jacob Boehme, CM made it a 21-14 game @ 6:38 of Q3. Phelps muscled his way to a big 3rd down stop that led to a CM punt.

The 4th Quarter had PT with the ball on their own 17 facing 3rd and 5. Owen ran for a critical conversation and then took off all the way to the CM 46. On another big 3rd down, Swoope caught an Owen ball to move the chains. Owens and Kpan made nice runs put Kpan in position for his 5 yard TD tear that put PT up 27-14 with 9:37 left in the game.
PT had a series of big tackles in Q4. Yeates on a kick-off, Bobby Webster on a line plunge and Kirsch on a TD saving stop in the open field. Alex Mundy played tight in pass coverage and Anderson took over center field as his reads on the CM QB became game changing. On a 4th down pass attempt, Phleps pressured the CM QB into throwing into Anderson’s area of operation. Ethan promptly picked the ball off.
As the clock wound down, Phelps continued his pressure on the CM back field. Webster made plays on the edge and Anderson knocked down an attempt at a long pass. Yeates pitched in with a sack and game ended with the Indians in Victory formation!

Upper St. Clair 20 – PT JVA 14

The Peters Township JVA team hosted the Upper St. Clair Panthers on a beautiful Saturday morning. The temperature was 74 degrees at kick-off and the skies remained clear throughout the contest.

PT’s Jonathan Despines returned the opening kick to his own 40 yard line and PT was unable to convert a first down. On USC’s opening possession, several PT players made nice defensive plays. Tor Sehnert made an open field stop on a USC receiver. Mason Russell and Zach Casilli combined on 3rd down to bring down a USC ball carrier short of the first down. However, the USC tailback broke a 40 yard run for the game’s opening score. The conversion failed.

On their next possession, the Indians featured a power running game with some solid blocks by Brady McCall and Adam Craine. Following the interior line, Bobby Webster pounded out a first down. This gained some field position before PT was forced to punt.

The PT line held and forced USC into a 3rd down and long situation. As the USC quarterback dropped into the pocket, he was hit by PT players Will Shaw and Logan Stahl. These hits popped the ball loose and it was caught by Joe Girouard for an interception. This gave PT the ball on the USC 30. As the 1st quarter ended, QB Tor Sehnert hit Casilli with a first down strike to the 16 yard line. PT went back to runs between the tackles by Despines and Webster. With first and goal, Sehnert plunged into the end zone behind blocking by McCall and Brodie Paugh. Nick Guady’s extra point gave PT a 7-6 lead with 8:11 left in the half.

USC began a long but hard fought drive. PT had nice tackles by Shaw, ClaytonScott, Webster, Tanner Scott and Stahl. Mike Wright pitched in with a big stop to keep the down and distance manageable for the PT D. This sequence ended when Alan Snyder pulled down an interception that gave PT the ball on their own 2 yard line. Unable to make progress, PT was forced to punt from the end zone. Dakota Usouski launched a great kick to give the Indians some breathing room. The half ended with Sehnert and Snyder making nice open field tackles to thwart the Panther drive.

With the score PT 7 – USC 6, the Panthers began the opening possession of the 2nd half. Cole Amos and McCall made good plays but the leader in this defensive stop was Mike Wright who was playing from defensive end. Mike sacked the QB on 3rd and 10 which forced a USC punt. PT took over on their own 13 yard line with 6:43 to play in the 3rd. Despines and Webster combined to run for a PT 1st down but the drive stalled. Another nice PT punt gave USC the ball on their own 40. After Webster and Wright made good plays, USC broke a 65 yard TD run. The conversion run failed and the score was 12 -7, USC. On the ensuing kick-off return, Drew Blon brought the ball to the PT 35. Sehnert hit Snyder for a nine yard gain to end the 3rd quarter. In the early moments of Q4, USC converted a PT turnover into a first and goal situation. USC scored and made the two point conversion. This put the score at 20 – 7 in favour of USC with 9:38 left in the game.

Alan Snyder had a nice run on the kick-off to put the ball at the PT 30. Sehnert hit Albert Calfo for a first down into USC territory. Blon ran hard for another first down. Blon then had a couple more nice runs before Snyder used good body positioning to draw a pass interference penalty. Blon zipped into the end zone from 12 yards out and Guady followed with the extra point.  Leading 20 – 14, USC began the final drive of the game from their own 32 with 5:06 left. Using good clock management and ball control, USC ran out the game clock and took home the win, 20-14.

Peters Township Indians JVB Drop Close Game to Thomas Jefferson Jaguars 14 – 6

On a beautiful late summer afternoon, the Indians hung tough but came up just short. In the first half, PT couldn’t gain any offensive traction. However, the Indian defense played hard and had a bunch of good plays. Some of which were:

1st Quarter

  • Nic Phelps took a nice angle to bring down the TJ ball carrier on the game’s initial punt. He added to this by also making the tackle on the next punt.
  • Will Shaw and Billy Woods combined on a quarterback hurry. Woods knocked the ball loose for Shaw to recover. 
  • Angelo Quarture showed good poise and a solid leg on his punts. He even pitched in by making the tackle on one of these kicking efforts.
  • On a late 4th quarter TJ possession, Tanner Scott angled down a TJ ball carrier trying to turn the corner. This resulted in a nine yard loss.
  • After Tanner’s playput TJ in a 3rd and long situation, Albert Calfo rushed the quarterback and knocked down the attempted pass.
  • When TJ went for it on 4th down, Jeremiah Raineri showed a nice individual effort with a clean open field tackle to bring the runner down short.
  • Joe Girouard, Woods and Raineri all helped bring down TJ players during the final drive of Q1. The score stood at 0 – 0.

2nd Quarter

  • TJ scored at the 8:14 mark. The conversion was foiled by Clayton Scott and Calfo. TJ 6 – PT 0
  • George Winslow had a nice return on the ensuing kick-off.
  • Drew Blon defended a pass in man coverage.
  • Clayton Scott made a nice read on a roll-out and dropped the TJ QB in his own backfield.
  • As the half came to a close, both Scott's and Blon had hands in pass break-ups and Calfo broke the TJ line for a sack.
  • The half ended when Grant Mocharko fought for body position and intercepted the TJ pass attempt. TJ 6 – PT 0 at the half.


To begin the 2nd half, Quarture make the tackle on the kick-off. On 1st down, Quarture, Clayton and Shaw ganged up on the TJ runner and stopped him for no gain. TJ next tried an end sweep which Drew Blon read perfectly. Blon won a pad popping hit at the line of scrimmage. Woods hurried the QB on 3rd down, forcing a punt. On the punt attempt, Tanner flew around the TJ line and blocked the ball to a waiting Girouard who claimed his second turnover of the weekend.
PT took over after the recovery and faced 3rd and goal from the 7. Blake Smith passed to Calfo who was brought down at the 1 yard line. Although the Indians couldn’t score, TJ took the ball with poor field position with 3:54 to go in the 3
rd quarter. PT stopped the TJ drive with big plays when Raineri sliced the line for one stop and Quarture broke through to record a sack. TJ sent a punt to Mocharko which he returned nicely to the TJ 22 yard line.

The 4th Quarter began with PT on the TJ 22 facing 2nd down and 10. Blon followed a Logan Stahl block and ran for a 7 yard gain to the 10. Smith then finished well on his 1st down run, bringing the ball to the 5. On the next play, Smith moved the ball to the goal line. On 2nd down, Smith combined with center Adam Craine’s block to score the touchdown. The conversion pass was incomplete and the scoreboard showed a 6 – 6 game with 8:26 to play.  Girouard, Stahl, and Tanner all made strong plays on a couple of QB sacks. On 3rd down, Shaw chased and caught the TJ QB from behind, forcing TJ to punt.  PT got the ball back on their own 26 with 2:15 remaining. Smith connected with Zach Casilli for one 11 yard pass play but the Indians eventually punted the ball. TJ scored with little time left. PT fought hard all of the way and were still pushing when time ran out with the final score TJ 14 – PT 6.



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