Peters Twp opens WPA vs Everyone by thumping West Toronto @PetersTwpFB @jennaengel17
Written by: Kate Hondru on Sunday, August 26th, 2018
WPIAL vs Everyone – Game 1
The 2018 WPIAL football season opened up Week 0 action with Peters Township Indians facing off against West Toronto Prep (Canada) with an earlier than normal 5pm kickoff. It was the first game of the inaugural Western PA vs Everyone Showcase, hosted by Woodland Hills at the Wolvarena.
The Indians came out of the gates fast, scoring a safety and taking a 2-0 lead just minutes after kick off. Unfortunately for West Toronto Prep (WTP), penalties and offensive miscues in the first quarter set the tone for the game in which they would ultimately be penalized twenty two times.
The Indians took advantage of their opportunities and displayed an impressive mix of offensive tools with six different players scoring in the first quarter. Senior Gabe Maloni got things started with the Indians’ first touchdown, a 14 yard reception just one play after he blocked WTP’s punt to give the Indians possession deep in their territory.
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The Indians Junior group joined the scoring trend next. Aidan McCall scored on a 66 yard punt return, Josh Casilli with a 24 yard TD run, Adrian Williams with a 2 yard TD run, and Ryan Magiske tallied two touchdown runs – one for three yards the other for twelve. After one quarter of play, the PT Indians led WTP 36-0.
“It feels good to come out with a win,” shared Adrian Williams. “It gives us good confidence going into next week.”
If Williams is the lightening of Peters Township’s running back duo, Magiske is the thunder. He concurred with Williams’ assessment of the night. “We feel like we are ready,” said Magiske. Both Wiliams and Magiske ran 50 yards individually.
“We got up 36-0 running the ball,” said the PT Indians Head Coach, TJ Plack. “Then we decided as a staff to throw the ball a little and get Logan some reps.” Logan Pfeuffer, a sophomore, is the Indians starting quarterback. He threw one touchdown pass.
With many of their defensive starters returning, the Indians showed that they intend to cause problems for offenses again in 2018. They held WTP to 16 offensive yards in the first half and a total of 50 yards for all four quarters. Newcomers to the Indians defense were Sophomore Michael Peyton and Senior Seth Luksik, filling the openings to graduation at outside linebacker. It was Luksik in the first quarter that reached the WTP quarterback, Ethan Payne, in the end zone for the PT Indians safety.
After some false starts, in the fourth quarter WTP successfully drove the ball down the field deep into Indian territory. The drive ended in the end zone when WTP’s senior running back, Jacob Benjamin, pushed through the Indians defense and scored on a 1 yard run.
“The biggest takeaways from the game were that our group needs to grow in the nuances of the American game and adapt to the culture,” said WTP head coach O’Neil Wilson. “On raw talent we have a lot to work with, but we need to re-dedicate ourselves to the fundamentals this week and come back better prepared and put together a better performance for next week.”
This season is the second year of WTP’s football program. According to Dwayne Mundle, WTP Athletic Director and Assistant Head Coach of the football team, “We are a new program and we give Canadian student-athletes the opportunity to play high-level American rules football. Our goal is to compete against the best programs to better prepare our players for the next level. We also aim to gain added exposure to American post-secondary programs in order to add to the opportunities they have in Canada.”
Looking ahead both teams have tough schedules. West Toronto Prep is scheduled to play teams on the road in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and Maryland. Some of their standout games include reigning Ohio state champion Pickerington Central High School next week, as well as St. Ignatius High School on October 5th and Erie Cathedral Prep on October 12th.
Peters Township will begin their 5A campaign away against Upper St. Clair next week, followed by Woodland Hills at home on September 7th and West Allegheny away on September 14th.
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