New coach hopes history repeats itself at Penn Hills
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The 75th season of Penn Hills football could be a memorable one.
The Indians not only will try to extend their streak of 14 straight years in the WPIAL playoffs, but the school district is ready to unveil a renovated Yuhas-McGinley Field that includes artificial turf.
A ceremony is planned surrounding the Sept. 13 home game against Baldwin that will be televised by ROOT Sports as part of that station's Thursday night football series.
Penn Hills also has a new coach this season as John Peterman, who also serves as the school district's athletic director, takes over the position.
“With the history we have here, we want to uphold the tradition,” said Peterman, a 1985 Penn Hills graduate.
”When I was a senior, we were ranked No. 1 in the state until we were upset in the playoffs. I remember growing up and watching Tommy Flynn and Bill Fralic play.”
Penn Hills started play as Penn Township High School in 1937 and was winless in seven games.
But since then, the Indians have compiled a .630 winning percentage and have made 30 WPIAL playoff appearances.
Penn Hills is also a common stop for major college recruiters looking for players, and this year is no different. In fact, the school had a combine for players, and college coaches were provided video of the event.
“Our job is to open the door; it's the players who have to walk through it,” Peterman said.
Aaron Bailey returns at running back and Darius Holloway, who was injured in the second scrimmage last year, is set at quarterback.
Receiver Jordan Davenport, who caught only 12 passes last year, will have an expanded role.
The line will be anchored by Lynwood Barron, at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds.
Athletes such as senior Toreek Hester and junior Marshall Thompson are also on the radar screens of college scouts.
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