USC edges past Peters Township in Historic 400th win for Head Coach @PetersTwpFB @USCstats
Written by: Kate Hondru on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
It was a night to remember for Upper St. Clair head coach Jim Render. As the final seconds of the Allegheny 8 conference game against Peters Township counted down, it was clear to all in attendance that they just witnessed history. The Upper St. Clair win gave coach Render his 400th win as head coach. He is the first coach in WPIAL history to do so.
“I have had a very long and successful career because of many great players and quality young men. I have truly been blessed. My assistant coaches are loyal and very proud teachers of football”, said Upper St. Clair head coach Jim Render.
The game started out quickly and in favor of Upper St. Clair. Within minutes of kickoff, Panthers senior quarterback, Jason Sweeney, connected with senior Chris Pantelis for a 26 yard touchdown. The score was 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Panthers struck first again in the second quarter. On the third play of the drive, Sweeney threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to sophomore David Pantelis. The rest of the second quarter was a struggle for both offenses. Both teams had offensive miscues and plenty of penalty flags flying across the field. By game’s end, Upper St. Clair was penalized 12 times for 85 yards, while Peters Township had 13 for 135 yards.
Just as the second quarter seemed like it was going to come to an end with a score of 14-0, with 34 seconds left in the half the Panthers recorded a safety. Heading into halftime Upper St. Clair was leading Peters 16-0.
After a quiet first two quarters, the Peters Township offense finally answered. Early in the third quarter sophomore quarterback, Logan Pfeuffer, was able to find the Indians junior, Josh Casilli down field for a 57-yard touchdown reception. This was the Indians first score of the game. Later that quarter, Pfeuffer found senior Jackson McCloskey to record a 41-yard touchdown reception.
“We took a shot and made a big play and that gave us momentum. We didn’t play up to our potential in the first half, but we regrouped. I’m proud of how we battled back”, said Josh Casilli, the Indians wide receiver.
After the Indians’ two scores in the third quarter, it was all about the defense for both teams in the last quarter of the game. The Panthers tallied three sacks in the last quarter alone and the Indians defense caused the Panthers to punt six times in a row.
“We got out of a lot of tough situations. Our backs were against the wall most of the first half but we shut them down in the second half. I’m proud of how we kept our team in the game until the final minutes”, said sophomore Corban Hondru, the Indians middle linebacker.
Upper St. Clair advances to 2-0, 1-0 in the conference and is on the road next Friday at Baldwin. Peters Township is now 1-1, 0-1 in the conference and has their first home game against Woodland Hills next week.
Follow WesternPAFootball.com on Twitter @WPAFootball