Plum makes trip to face rival Penn Hills
Matt Morgan knows what it's like to walk on the field at Penn Hills' Yuhas-McGinley Stadium as both a football player and coach.
He remembers the battles in the trenches between the Mustangs and Indians as a lineman in the mid to late 1990s.
Morgan returned for two years as an assistant with Penn Hills in 2008 and 2009.
He also coached against Penn Hills while an assistant at Gateway in 2010 and 2011.
But on Friday, he will walk the sidelines at Penn Hills for the first time as a head coach as he leads Plum into a Quad Central Conference battle with the rival Indians.
Plum (0-6, 0-6), which wasn't able to find the end zone last week in a 35-3 loss to Peters Township, will try to slow down a Penn Hills team that has relied a lot on a stout running attack.
The Indians won a close nonsection game against North Hills, 21-17, two weeks ago, but they fell just short against Bethel Park, 21-19, last week to fall to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Plum's lone points last week came on a 22-yard field goal by sophomore Jacob Chapla in the second quarter.
It cut the Peters Township lead to 21-3, but the host Indians tacked on 14 more points in the second half to set the final.
The Mustangs were outgained on the ground by Peters, 248-20, and Penn Hills moves the ball led by the running combo of quarterback Billy Kisner and running back Isaiah Jones.
Both runners surpassed the 100-yard mark for rushing against Bethel Park, and the duo has combined for more than 1,400 yards this season.
Kisner scored Penn Hills' first touchdown last week on a 7-yard run, and he added a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
The Indians won last year's meeting, 35-7, and have won 13 in a row over the Mustangs dating back to 1998.
Plum last defeated Penn Hills in 1997, 34-13.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.