PT Claims first Conference Title in Over 4 Decades @PetersTwpFB
Written by: Kate Hondru on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
For the first time in 43 years, that lone ‘1975’ on the Peters Township football conference champion banner in the gym will be accompanied by a ‘2018’. Peters Township won its first conference title since 1975 when they defeated the Baldwin Highlanders by a score of 42-7.
“I’ve been around 43 years, we’ve been doing this for 3 years now,” said Peters Township head coach TJ Plack, “We’ve got great kids. Kids two years ago, last year and this team have really worked towards this goal right here and it’s taken 3 years and I think we have it moving in the right direction. Our guys we have on the field this year are phenomenal. They’re just great ball players and they execute. It feels great. It feels awesome.”
The weather for the Allegheny 8 matchup was anything but ideal. With a high of 37 degrees and non stop rain the whole game, the players were forced to play with a slick football. The game opened with a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Indians, Ryan Magiske. Peters Township would continue to score and kept the Highlanders scoreless until the 3rd quarter.
The Indians’ next score came on a 33-yard pass from quarterback, Logan Pfeuffer, to Josh Casilli. Magiske followed the Casilli touchdown with a long touchdown run of his own. Magiske ran 45-yards downfield for his second touchdown of the game. Casilli was targeted once more for a 59-yard touchdown reception. He finished the night for 103 yards on 7 catches and two touchdowns. Just before the end of the first half, the Highlanders punter fumbled the snap and Peters Township’s, Jackson McCloskey, recovered it in the endzone. The score was 35-0 at halftime in favor of Peters Township.
The Peters Township defense allowed only 3 Baldwin first downs and kept the Highlanders scoreless. However, the Highlanders touchdown came on a Peters Township turnover. Baldwin’s, Jaqwon Parker, recovered the ball and ran it 45-yards back to the endzone giving the Highlander’s their only score of the game. Peters Township answered the very next offensive drive when Magiske ran it in for 45-yards. The final score was 42-7 Peters.
The win for the Indians (6-1, 8-2) officially declared them co-champions with West Allegheny(6-1, 7-2) in the conference, and also guaranteed them home field advantage in the first round of playoffs. Peters Township is seeded #3 overall in 5A for the WPIAL playoffs and will play #14 seed Armstrong River Hawks at 7:30pm. Unfortunately for the Highlanders (2-5, 4-6), the loss ended their season.
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