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Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Plum varsity football team's quest for its first win of the season last week against Canon-McMillan on homecoming at Plum's Mustangs Stadium didn't go the way it had hoped.

The Big Macs somewhat spoiled the festivities with a 17-7 win in a battle of struggling Quad Central Conference teams.

Plum (0-5, 0-5) now will turn its attention and victory hopes to Friday's conference matchup at Peters Township.

The game is set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

The Indians are looking to get back on track after last week's 24-0 loss at the hands of Bethel Park.

Peters Township is 2-3 overall and 1-3 in conference. It owns victories over Baldwin (33-28) in conference play and Shaler (48-7) in a nonconference game two weeks ago.

All-everything running back Mike Minjock, who rushed for 1,323 yards and 17 touchdowns last year, has graduated.

Quarterback Corey Owen is back, and he again is a passing and running threat.

Marcus Ubinger leads the running game with 97 carries for 422 yards. He has a combined six rushing and receiving touchdowns.

Peters Township won last year's meeting, 42-0.

Plum senior offensive tackle Dante Palmieri will miss Friday's game because of suspension after being ejected from last week's game with Canon McMillan.

Palmieri got into a scuffle with Canon-McMillian linebacker Alec Rideout in the fourth quarter after Mustangs junior running back Nathan Turchick scored on a 1-yard run.

Despite losing Palmieri at that point in the game, Plum was on the board at 17-7 and was hoping for a comeback.

The Mustangs held the Big Macs offense on downs at the Plum 36 and took over.

Quarterback Will Fuhrer and the Mustangs offense moved the ball through the air and reached the Canon-McMillan 14.

But a couple of miscues — a false-start penalty and a sack — pushed Plum back and out of the range for a field goal.

An incompletion on fourth down stalled the drive and the Mustangs' chances for a comeback win.

Fuhrer completed 12 of 21 passes for 185 yards, and the Big Macs, who improved to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play, outgained Plum on the ground, 204-39.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412- 388-5825 or at

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