Big Program Win for Peters Township @PetersTwpFB @WestAFootball
Written by: Kate Hondru on Monday, September 17th, 2018
Coming into Week 3, West Allegheny was 2-0 and Peters Township 1-1 in Allegheny 8 conference play. Both teams were looking for a win to bolster their run at a conference title, something Peters Township has not won since the 1970s. West Allegheny is no stranger to conference, not to mention WPIAL and State, titles and undoubtedly is looking for more.
The scoring started fast in favor of Peters Township. On the game’s very first offensive play, Indians quarterback Logan Pfeuffer connected with Josh Casilli for a 65-yard touchdown pass. But West Allegheny was quick to respond with some help from its defense. On the Indians’ second offensive possession, Mateo Vandamia broke up an Indians pass and took it to the house and tied things up 7-7 early in the first quarter. By the time the first quarter came to a close, Peters Township would score two more touchdowns. One on a 4-yard run from Ryan Magiske and a defensive touchdown after Shane O’Connell strip sacked West Allegheny quarterback, Kam Kruze, and Logan Clark scooped it up and ran 15 yards to the endzone. At the close of the first quarter, Peters Township was ahead 21-7.
Both teams tallied touchdowns in the second quarter. Peters Township struck first when Magiski punched one in the endzone with a 4-yard run. West Allegheny responded with a 55-yard pass from Kruze to Drevon Baldwin. After one half of play, Peters Township led 28-14.
After halftime, Peters Township scored first on a 22-yard touchdown pass to Casilli, extending their lead 35-14. However, West Allegheny responded with two of its own touchdowns. The first came on a quarterback keeper, when Kruze ran 9 yards to score. Shortly after, Kruze connected with Baldwin on a 72-yard touchdown pass, and ending the third quarter with the score of 35-28, favoring Peters Township.
With just seven points separating them, the fourth quarter was a race to the finish for both teams. Unfortunately for West Allegheny, the Peters Township offense found the endzone one more time when Seth Luksik drove into the endzone on a one-yard run to extend the Peters Township lead to 42-28 and an interception by Magiske in the final minutes of the game helped to seal the Peters Township victory.
“On Friday the better team won,” said West Allegheny head coach Bob Palko, “ I think they (Peters) played very well. They came in here focused and they played physical. The game went how they needed it to go and I thought they made more plays than we did. We did make some plays, but overall they were more physical than us and obviously you tip your hat, shake their hands and move on.”
The win for Peters Township not only keeps their hunt for a section title alive, it represents a big win for the program. “This is a very good program, 8-time WPIAL champions,” said Peters Township head coach TJ Plack. “For us to play them strong, for them to come back and then for us to respond is not just a team win — it is a program win. We’ve been with these guys for 3 years, they’re great kids and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
Peters Township defensive coordinator Troy Grunseth agreed with Plack on the significance of the win. “I think we just beat a really good football team, which means we’re a really good football team, too. I saw a good sound defense tonight. Our kids are aggressive and hungry. We made a couple of mistakes that we need to clean up, but once we do, the sky’s the limit.”
Peters Township sophomore quarterback, Logan Pfeuffer, threw for 195 yards while West Allegheny junior quarterback, Kam Kruze, threw for 166 yards. Peters Townships Ryan Magiske ran for 107 yards with 2 touchdowns. Josh Casilli caught 7 passes for a total of 135 receiving yards and two touchdowns. West Allegheny senior Drevon Baldwin had 143 receiving yards on 4 passes and two touchdowns.
Next week, West Allegheny (2-1, 2-1) will travel to face undefeated Upper St. Clair for an Allegheny 8 conference game at 7 pm. Peters Township (2-1, 3-1) will also be on the road at North Hills, kickoff at 7:30 pm.
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