Canon Mac Wins 15317 Battle @BigMacsFootball @PetersTwpFB
Written by: Kate Hondru on Monday, October 1st, 2018
Although the match up against Peters Township and Canon McMillan was not a conference game, these two teams have a long-standing rivalry that creates the same kind of energy as a conference game. After the WPIAL reclassifications last year, Peters Township moved from 6A to 5A but Canon McMillan remained in 6A, so the match-up of these next-door teams preserved this Battle of the 15317 rivalry game. The schools are so close in proximity they share the same zip code. The crowd didn’t disappoint, the home and visitors sides of the stadium were full and loud, ready to witness the battle.
“Peters and Canon Mac always have that rivalry that makes it so exciting to play,” said Canon Mac’s senior running back Josh O’Hare. “As a team, we came in to the game with a winning mentality. Obviously coming into a big game like this, you’re going to have some butterflies in your stomach but after the first few plays we started to settle in. We stuck to our game plan and pulled out on top.”
Canon Mac scored first and set the tone for the game in which Peters would always trail. The first score for the Big Macs came on an interception from senior Drew Engel, who ran it all the way back to the endzone. The second score came on a touchdown run by O’Hare. The Indians responded when quarterback Logan Pfeuffer connected with Indians senior, Jackson McCloskey. At halftime the Big Macs led 14-7.
The touchdowns kept coming in the second half for both teams but Peters would not overtake their deficit. For Canon Mac, O’Hare rushed for two more touchdowns while Engel’s second reception made it three Big Mac touchdowns in the second half. Peters Township scored three times at the hands of juniors Ryan Magiske with two rushing and Aidan McCall’s touchdown recption. Near the halfway mark of the fourth quarter, the Indians pulled within two points of the Big Macs, but couldn’t convert on the two-point conversion. Canon Mac responded with its final score, sealing the nine point victory, with a final score Canon Mac 35 – Peters Township 26.
“It was a road game. We were able to go in and beat a team that has a 4-1 record. That’s a big deal,” said Canon McMillan head coach Mike Evans. “We’ve been on a slow and steady course of just playing tougher and it was nice for our kids to get this win. You preach the process to the kids – to do things and keep doing the right things and that it’s going to come. Eventually you want to see some results and on Friday in our win over Peters, we got one. Wins like that help your kids to buy in and makes for a better week at practice and kids start believing. It’s a big win. But, we will keep it in context, that it’s still just one win. We have to do it all over again next week,” said Canon McMillan head coach Mike Evans.
Canon Mac’s O’Hare had an impressive game, rushing for 214 yards and three touchdowns to help the Big Macs secure the win against the Indians. The Big Mac’s quarterback, Jon Quinque, passed for 198 yards and a touchdown. Peters Township quarterback, Logan Pfeuffer, threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns and Adrian Williams rushed for 107 yards.
Next week Canon Mac will face Pine Richland at home in a conference matchup that kicks off at 7pm. Peters Township will host Moon in conference play kicking off at 7:30pm.
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