Penn Hills QB Kisner rushes for 226 yards in win over Plum
Plum rushed for a season-high 206 yards and held Penn Hills to seven points over the final 30 minutes of Friday's Quad Central game, but the host Indians raced out to a 26-point lead on the way to a 33-10 victory.
Penn Hills (5-2, 4-2) got 229 rushing yards and touchdown runs of 88 and 56 yards in the first half from sophomore quarterback Billy Kisner.
“(Kisner) did a great job of hiding the ball and hiding himself, and he just goes,” Plum coach Matt Morgan said. “He's going to be a special player for them.”
Plum junior Andrew Soxman gained 87 yards on 26 carries running mostly out of a wildcat formation. He scored on a 3-yard run to cap an 11-play, 60-yard drive with 2:03 left in the first half.
It was only Plum's third touchdown of the season. Sophomore kicker Jacob Chapla added a 33-yard field goal right before the break to give Plum (0-7, 0-7) its season high in points.
“We put in the offense earlier in the season and used it this week because we knew that Penn Hills had an explosive offense,” Morgan said. “Our whole goal going into tonight was to control the clock and keep their offense off the field as much as possible. It went a lot better than I anticipated, and we kind of stuck with it. The offensive line, for the most part, dominated the line of scrimmage until they put 11 guys in the box. You can't cover everybody. Everyone who got their hands on the ball was successful.”
Freshman Kevin Brown added 56 yards on 16 carries, while junior Nate Turchick recorded 46 yards on 12 attempts.
Plum possessed the ball for the entire fourth quarter. The Mustangs ran 20 plays — all on the ground — and moved the ball from their own 35 but fell just 7 yards short of the end zone as time expired.
“They possessed the ball well in the second half and kept us off the field,” Penn Hills head coach John Peterman said.
“It was a nice job by them. But we were able to make some big plays early to build a nice lead. (Billy) is gaining more confidence each week.”
In addition to Kisner's big scoring runs, he threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Michael Anthony. Indians junior Shawn Featherstone scored on a 41-yard run just 46 seconds into the game.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.