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Written by: on Saturday, September 29th, 2018

 

Mars pounded out 306 yards rushing and rallied past Shaler 21-12 Saturday afternoon in Glenshaw.

“Maybe playing on Saturday made things a little tricky,” said Mars head coach Scott Heinauer. “But here’s what I say, they have to play in this too, and they don’t play on Saturday all year like us. I don’t want to make excuses, but we got off to a slow start, and that can’t happen.”

Andrew Recchia hauled in a 27-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Kowalkowski with 2:02 remaining in the third quarter that would turn out to be the game-winner for the Planets.

Before that score, Mars had received the second half kickoff and went on a seven-minute drive only to come up empty as Blake Edwards missed a 32-yard field goal wide right.

Down 14-12 and driving late in the game, Drew Schlegel made the play of the game as he intercepted Titans quarterback Darin Mizgorski and returned it around 50 yards to the Shaler 4-yard line.

Two plays later Reinke scored from a yard and pushed the Planets lead to 21-12 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

“We talked at halftime about how we needed a big play,” said Heinauer. “We did not have any big plays at all up to that point, and we needed to make a big play. Obviously, that was a huge play that changed the game.”

‘That was the one play that was a hiccup, and it was a game changer,” said Shaler head coach Jim Ryan. “It changes momentum and puts points on the board. But that play is not the reason we lost this game.”

Reinke led all rushers with 195 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns.

Shaler’s opportunity to get back in the game was snuffed out on a 4th-and-goal from the 3-yard line. Mizgorski tried to scramble for it but was sacked by a host of Mars defenders at the 7-yard line.

From there Mars ran off the final 3:35 of game clock.

Shaler opened up the scoring after receiving the kickoff and marched 80 yards. Joe Kremer’s 7-yard touchdown run capped the drive. Kremer led the Titans with 90 yards on 21 attempts.

“You always try to look at the positives, and yeah we went toe-to-toe with a WPIAL power,” said Ryan. “But boy it hurts to lose, a loss like this still burns deep into your stomach. But we’ll look at the positives and build off of it for next week.”

The Titans grabbed the first half lead as Joe Impavido hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass Mizgorski at the 8:01 mark of the second quarter.

“We made a couple of adjustments, but we just can’t give up that kind of yardage,” Heinauer said. “They’re a fundamental team, and they did a great job against us – I’m not going sugar coat it. We made some adjustments in the second half, and things changed for us.”

Mars also scored on their opening possession as Reinke pounded it in from two yards out.

Game Highlights:

Mars 21 Shaler 12

Score by Quarters

Mars – 7 0 7 7 – 21

Shaler – 6 6 0 0 – 12

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

S – Joe Kremer 7 yd run (kick failed), 6:22

M – Garrett Reinke 2 yd run (Blake Edwards pat), 0:42

Second Quarter

S – Joe Impavido 30 yd pass from Darin Mizgorski (rush failed), 8:01

Third Quarter

M – Andrew Recchia 27 yd pass from Tyler Kowalkowski (Edwards pat), 2:02

Fourth Quarter

M – Reinke 1 yd run (Edwards pat), 10:32

Individual Stats

Rushing: Mars – Reinke 25-195, Teddy Ruffner 5-32, Drew Schlegel 8-81, Kowalkowski 5-(-2). Totals: 43-306. Shaler – Kremer 21-90, Mizgorski 9-44, Jake Miller 4-14, Brennan Fugh 3-15, Team 1-0. Totals: 38-163.

Passing: Mars – Kowalkoski 6-for-13, 94 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Shaler – Mizgorski 10-for-19, 102 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception.

Receiving: Mars – Recchia 1-27, Ruffner 1-7, Thomas Sheehy 1-9, Mitchell Wright 2-32, Schlegel 1-19. Shaler – Fugh 6-59, Impavido 3-37, Justin DeSabato 1-6.

Interceptions: Mars – Schlegel. Shaler – Shayn Skelley.

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