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Varsity Falls to Mt. Lebanon by 42-6 score

      The Indians didn’t keep up with Lebo’s fast paced “flash card” offense at Mt. Lebanon stadium on another perfect football weather evening.

      The first quarter was all Lebo Fast Ball as PT fell behind 28-0. Some Indian players provided sparks including defenders Ethan Anderson, Jake Uhler and Conner Manning who made solid plays to bring down Lebo ball carriers. Some nice throws from Cory Owen to Tim Swoope continued their season long rapport.

       PT recorded their only score of the night in the second quarter. Blake Smith returned a short kick-off into Lebo territory. From there, T.J. Kpan broke off the best PT play of the night when he followed a Mike Fortunato block and ran 40 yards for the touchdown. Uhler had more good tackles and Manning had a qb sack to his credit. Lebo kept heavy pressure on the PT D. Even though Anderson, Nick Kirsch and Alex Mundy tried to hang tough in pass coverage, Lebo had a 35 – 6 lead at the half.

      Third quarter plays for the Indians included Anderson making a tackle at the line, Uhler forcing a fumble on a punt return and Clayton Yeates sacking the Lebo qb.

      The best PT plays of the 4th quarter were turned in by Yeates, Albert Calfo, Kpan and Conner Freely. Yeates played hard to the end. Calfo was involved in tackles. Kpan had a few nice runs and Freely forced a pass interference penalty.

      All in all it wasn’t the Indians night and the team looks for better things on Friday night when Penn Hills visits PTHS stadium.


Senior Recognition night at Peters Township HS Stadium went off without a hitch and the PT 4th year men played to script by taking over the game. On a perfect late summer football evening Jake Uhler continued to be a tackling machine and Timmy Swoope hauled in Cory Owen tosses to steal the show.

On the opening possession, the PT D set the tone for the evening. Conner Manning smashed down the initial NC runner, Alan Snyder provided tight pass coverage and Ethan Anderson again set up shop in mid-field. On the 2nd NC offensive series, the theme continued with Snyder in run support and Nick Kirsch in pass coverage. The big play occurred when Anderson left his nest and recorded a tackle for a 3 yard loss. More Indian D kept NC in check. Uhler, Swoope, Snyder and Mike McAleavey all knocked down NC all carriers. After PT gave up a safety, NC continued playing with good field position, taking over on the PT 49. NC moved the ball but the Indian D was stubborn and didn’t give up the big play. Jacob Boehme, Bobby Webster and Christian Phelps helped out with stops. Webster pulled off a splash play with a 3rd down sack. On 4th down, Uhler put pressure on the NC runner, Snyder arrived and knocked the ball loose and McAleavey covered on the PT 12 with 10:42 left in the 2nd Quarter.

The Indian offense kicked into gear with Swoope hauling in a pass, T.J. Kpan slamming for a 1st down and Owen flashing his wheels on a run to the NC 42. Swoope ran hard with another Owen pass and forced an NC penalty when finally going down. PT was now on the NC 17. Owen dodged his way to the 10 and Kpan wouldn’t be denied on his 2nd down TD run. Nick Gaudy kicked the extra point and PT took the lead, 7-2 at the 7:58 mark of the 2nd quarter.

The momentum was now in PT hands. McAleavey and Webster rang up tackles. Uhler showed his all-around skills in pass coverage and Anderson broke up the 3rd down pass attempt. PT had the ball on their own 36 when Owen connected with Conner Manning. Manning ran all of the way to the NC 11. Gaudy nailed a 26 yard field goal to push the PT lead to 10-2.

In the next give and take, James Minton made good in punt coverage. Uhler was all over the field drilling ball carriers and Anderson picked off a pass. At the half, PT held the lead 10-2.
In the 2nd half, McAleavey kick started the offense with a punishing 30 yard run to the NC 35. Yeates hauled in an Owen pass to the 23. The PT O-line took over in front of Kpan. Mike Fortunato and Jacob Reardon moved NC out of the way as Kpan pushed to the 4. Christian Phelps and Logan Stahl got good surge and Mike Burkett held his block as Kpan scored. A nice edge block by Webster and lead blocks from McAleavey helped in getting the score to 17-2 after Gaudy’s kick.
NC got jammed up immediately as Snyder added kick coverage to his evening’s credits. Jacob Boehme brought down a runner and Billy Woods joined the tackling party. The Indians were now swarming to the ball and Uhler punctuated events with a tackle for a 7 yard loss. In the next sequence, Indian ball carriers made physical statements on runs by McAleavey and Jonathon Despines and a catch and run by Swoope. This set up for another nifty Owen run, a McAleavey smashing run and finally a TD toss to Swoope from 18 yards out. Gaudy made the kick and we had a 24-2 PT lead.

Minton made another special teams tackle. Webster and Yeates combined for a sack. McAleavey made a crushing hit but NC managed to score. Anderson denied the conversion and it was 24-8 @ the 10:28 mark of the 4th quarter.
The Indians came roaring back. Kirsch returned the kick to the PT 40. Kpan followed a big block by Fortunato and then Owen picked up yardage to the NC 42. McAleavey crunched to the 28 and then Owen ran the ball to the 9. A couple of bruising McAleavey runs made the score 30-8 with 7:43 left in the game.

In playing out the win, some fresh faces made plays for PT. Despines recorded a tackle. Clayton and Tanner Scott got in on defensive plays and Zach Casilli turned away a pass in the PT end zone. NC scored one more time only to have Joe Girouard block the extra point attempt.

That was all she wrote and the Indians took away their second consecutive victory.


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