Plum, Peters Twp. meet for first time
The Plum varsity football team came close to notching its first win of the season last week, as it suffered a 16-13 loss at Canon-McMillian.
The Mustangs will try to reverse their fortunes this week, as they welcome conference foe Peters Township to Mustangs Stadium.
It is the first-ever football meeting between the two schools.
It is homecoming at Plum this week, and kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Peters Township is hoping to bounce back from a 29-6 loss to Bethel Park last Friday that put the Indians at 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the challenging Quad Central Conference.
A majority of Peters Township's offense goes through running back Mike Minjock. He finished with 154 yards against the Black Hawks last week, and 98 of those yards came on a long touchdown run in the fourth quarter to prevented the shutout.
Minjock has 685 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns this season.
Quarterback R.J. Pfeuf- fer doesn't throw the ball too often, but he has the majority of the pass attempts this season.
The incumbent at quarterback from 2011, Pfeuffer came into the season battling a left knee injury.
Peters Township's off- ense has been effective in several games this season.
In the season opener against Baldwin, the Indians put up 40 points in a 40-12 victory.
The Indians added 36 points in a 36-7 nonconference triumph over Shaler.
Peters Township also has relied on its defense at times this season, as it shut out Penn Hills in a conference contest in week two.
In last Friday's game with Canon-McMillian, the Big Macs scored touchdowns in the first and second quarters, but Plum was able to match both scores.
Plum sophomore Joe DeFelice ripped off a 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to answer a Canon-McMillan touchdown earlier in the stanza.
The Big Macs led 14-7 at halftime, and they carried that advantage to the fourth quarter.
Plum then closed the gap, as senior Jake DiGuilio capped a Mustangs drive with a 1-yard scoring plunge.
However, the point-after attempt failed, and the score remained 14-13.
Canon-McMillian got a little breathing room later in the quarter with a safety, and Plum was not able to put any more points on the board.
DeFelice carried the ball 10 times in the game, as the Mustangs racked up a total of 108 rushing yards.
Fellow sophomore Kyle Smecker added eight carries for 39 yards.
DiGuilio finished with four carries for 19 yards and the touchdown.
Plum senior quarterback Corey DeLoach completed seven of 20 passes for 47 yards.
Senior Tevin Odom hauled in four of those passes for 35 yards.
Defensively, DiGuilio had a big game with 15 tackles.
Sophomores Nathan Turchik and Zach Martin each contributed 10 stops.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.