Peters Township Keeps Bethel Park Scoreless
Written by: Kate Hondru on Friday, October 26th, 2018
Last week’s Allegheny 8 Conference match-up between Peters Township and Bethel Park had important section and playoff implications. Both teams entered the contest with section records of 4-1 and teams were looking to continue their quests toward a conference championship. After Peters Township’s 35-0 blowout win against Bethel Park, the Indians are one win away from a conference championship title – something that has eluded the program for 43 years.
“It’s a great win for us,” Peters Township head coach TJ Plack said after last week’s game. “It’s a step toward achieving our short-term goal of being conference champions. It feels great tonight but we will be back to work, getting ready for Baldwin because if we don’t beat Baldwin – this is all for nothing.”
“But for tonight, it feels good beating the guys down the road. Bethel Park is a very good program. They are solid and consistent, which is something we want to mirror and we want to do this each and every year. Those guys are tough and it’s a great victory for our program.”
In the first half, Peters Township scored 21 points in the first 16 minutes of the game. Peters Township quarterback, Logan Pfeuffer, threw two touchdowns: the first to Josh Casilli on a 4-yard touchdown pass and the second on a 17-yard pass to Aidan McCall. Running back, Ryan Magiske, punched in the third Indians touchdown on a 17-yard run. At halftime the Indians led the Blackhawks 21-0.
After halftime, the Blackhawks defense were still unable to stop the Indians offense. Pfeuffer threw another touchdown pass to Jackson McCloskey for a 15-yard pass. Pfeuffer even had a touchdown reception of his own on a specialty play when he Pfeuffer pitched the ball to Casilli and then ran to the end-zone to caught the 12-yard pass from Casilli. The two second-half touchdowns would seal the shutout win for Peters Township with the final score of 35-0.
Peters Township’s defense had a statement night, holding Bethel Park to just 20 rushing yards and 103 total yards. Coming into the game, the Hawks were averaging 29.9 points per game.
“We thought all week that our kids could handle the game plan that Coach Troy and I installed,” said Peters Township Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach, Darrin McMillon. “Our boys had an outstanding week of practice. Employee #10 – Mr. Hondru – had the hit of the game that helped set the tone for the entire rest of the game. They all just played well. They do everything we ask and we are so proud of them.”
Tonight, Peters Township will take on Baldwin at home at 7:30pm for the 2018 season’s final game of the regular season and Peters Township Senior Recognition Night. A win for the Indians will give them a share of the Allegheny 8 Conference Title, something that hasn’t been done since 1975.
Bethel Park will host Upper St. Clair at 7:30pm. A win for the Panthers will also give them a share of the Allegheny 8 Conference Title. Elsewhere in Allegheny 8 Conference action, Moon will host West Allegheny at 7pm. A win for West Allegheny will also give them a share of the conference tite. If Peters Township, Bethel Park, and West Allegheny all win their conference games tonight, the three teams will share the Conference Title with equal conference records of 6-1.
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