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PTJVA Loses Clash With Baldwin Highlanders; 21-13

Great weather and Baldwin stadium were the stage for a hard fought clash at the JVA level. A couple of big plays by Baldwin and a complete lack of luck for PT turned the edge in this game to the home team. In the opening drive, PT was moving the ball smartly from their own 30 yard line. Jonathon Despines had a 7 yard run and then Bobby Webster carried into Baldwin territory. Blake Smith hit Albert Calfo with a 9 yard pass to set up 4th and 1. The Indians stalled there and Baldwin scored on their 1st offensive play. PT gained yardage on their next possession via a 7 yard pass to James Minton and 13 yard run by Despines. However, the ball was quickly back in Baldwin hands. The PT D made a stand beginning when Tanner Scott made a great read and forced a 4 yard loss. Webster beat his man on a pass rush and then Alan Snyder had good pass coverage to force a punt. Taking over on their own 43, Smith and Minton combined for a 40 yard pass, catch and run. Webster smashed a run to the Baldwin 16 but, again the drive ended. With PT back on D, Joe Girouard held his ground on back to back stops at the line and Brady McCall made a big hit to force a punt. PT then rattled off a string of first down making plays. First, it was Smith to Zach Casilli, then a Despines run and finally a Smith to Clayton Scott completion. Once again PT couldn’t score and Baldwin came back with a quick strike TD and the Highlanders were up 14 – 0 at the half.

In the second half, Baldwin ate up the clock with a couple of long drives, one resulting in a TD and a 21-0 lead. However, the Indians did not quit. Finally getting the ball back in Q4, Webster smashed the Baldwin line and secondary with a 55 yard TD run. Reagan Lawlor made the extra point for a 21-7 score. McCall and Webster lead a stand and PT got the ball back. Smith hit Calfo for 17 yards and Webster crashed another bruising run, this time for 30 yards. Smith and Webster had back to back 12 yard runs setting up Webster’s line plunge for a 3 yard TD.

The Highlanders breathed a sigh of relief when the clock ran out as the Indians had plenty of fight left.

Indians Varsity Fall Short Against Baldwin; 24-17

Despite an array of nice offensive plays and big hits by the defense, Peters Township was edged in the final seconds at PTHS Stadium. Play to play, PT was tough on D all night but some big Baldwin plays managed to put points on the board. In the first quarter Tim Swoope, Mike Wright, Billy Woods and Mike McAleavey all stopped Baldwin ball carriers at the line. Jacob Boehme and Conner Manning put pass rush pressure on the opposing QB. The Indians showed offensive power also. Swoope tossed a 50 yard completion to Clayton Yeates. McAleavey dragged the Baldwin line on a run for a first down and Corey Owen threw a 27 yard TD pass to Yeates with Mike Fortunato and Christian Phelps holding back the pass rush. Mike Burket snapped to Swoope who held for Nick Gaudy’s kick and the score was 7 – 7 @2:07 of Q1.


The best PT plays of Q2 were provided by the defense. Jake Scott and Swoope both had nice read/reaction tackles in the open field. Manning broke up a pass with a good individual effort and Scott continued his season long tackling scourge. McAleavey stayed involved in the hitting but the half ended with Baldwin up 17 -7.

In the second half, the PT defense clamped down for some of their best play of the year. Manning played in the Baldwin backfield to end a drive. Phelps, Brady McCall and Bobby Webster all rang up sacks as the Indians began outplaying the Baldwin line. Next came the PT offense on a roll. Owen hit Yeates and Conner Freely for nice gains. A dose of T.J. Kpan runs took the ball to near the Baldwin goal line. Owen ran it in from there and Gaudy’s kick gave us a 17 – 14 ball game.


On the following possession, Baldwin went 3 and out. Scott and McCall ganged up on the Baldwin runner and then Manning jarred the ball from a receiver. On 3rd down, Manning got in the QB’s face to force a punt. Alan Snyder returned the punt 12 yards to the PT 32.


A completion to Yeates ended the 3rd Quarter. Continuing this drive in Q4, McAleavey pounded a run to near mid-field. Swoope hauled in an Owen pass to move into Baldwin territory before this drive ended. Back on defense, Webster, Phelps, Swoope and McAleavey brought down Baldwin ball carriers. After Baldwin missed a field goal attempt, PT had the ball on their own 10. Yeates pulled in a pass that sent him over 100 yards of receiving in the game, thus putting an exclamation point on his arrival as a serious offensive threat. Owen then hit Swoope to the PT 36. Kpan showed his skills on a run and Freely took an Owen pass to the PT 8. Owen scrambled to the 5 to set up a field goal attempt. Gaudy made the big kick and the game was tied, 17 – 17 with 1:25 left in the game. Baldwin scored with little time left and the clock ran out as the Indians kept pressing to score after Owen hit Snyder on a 20 yard gain.


Although it was a hard loss for the Indians, the fans were treated to a great contest and stereotypical WPIAL football action.

  

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