Peters Township Beats Undefeated North Hills
Written by: Kate Hondru on Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Just a few years ago, conversations about top-ranked football teams would not have mentioned Peters Township. But this year, the Indians are regarded as one of the leading playoff contenders in the WPIAL 5A classification. With a non-section win on the road against the previously undefeated North Hills Indians, the Peters Township Indians are off to the strongest start in years.
The Peters Township Indians traveled to Martorelli Stadium to face off against a North Hills Indians team, averaging 31 points per game. With just one loss, Peters Township has averaged 30 points per game. On paper, the matchup was even and the game was expected to be a battle until the final minutes. There was so much interest in the game that it was voted by fans to as the Pittsburgh Steelers High School Football Showcase game of the week and Steelers Josh Dobbs, was in attendance and an helped with the coin toss.
On the opening kickoff, Peters Township’s Josh Casilli, ran the ball back 81 yards to the North Hills 17 yard line. A few plays later, Peters running back Ryan Magiske punched the ball in from the 2 yard line. Later in the first quarter, Magiske crossed the pylon on another 2 yard touchdown run. The unanswered scoring continued for Peters Township into the second quarter, when Aidan McCall scored on a 73-yard punt return. At the close of the first half, Peters Township led 21-0.
After halftime, play was delayed at around four minutes into the third quarter due to lightning. After just over an hour delay, the game resumed and Peters Township resumed its march down the field into North Hills territory with a 38-yard touchdown run by Magiske, his third of the game. The final Peters Township score happened later in the third quarter on 6-yard touchdown pass from Logan Pfeuffer to tight end, Ryan Moore, bringing the Indians lead to 35-0 the close of the quarter. North Hills would respond with its first and only score with 26 seconds remaining in the game, on a run by Keygen Bryant. The final score was 35-7 Peters Township.
The non-section win did not change the Peters Township ranking in its Allegheny Conference standings, but coupled with Upper St. Clair’s sizable loss to West Allegheny who Peters Township beat by two touchdowns the previous week, Peters Township moved from #5 to #3 in WPIAL 5A rankings, behind leaders Gateway and Penn Hills.
Up next, Peters Township will play a home non-conference game against Canon McMillan, while North Hills travels to Gateway for a non-conference matchup, kickoff at 7pm.
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