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P-T dominates Hempfield again

| Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 11:09 p.m.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford running back Tom Stinelli dives past Hempfield defenders Ben McCoy (left) and Nathan Fleck to score his third touchdown during the third quarter Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Warrior Stadium in Harrison City. Penn Trafford defeated Hempfield, 42-14.

Penn-Trafford's dominance against Hempfield continued Friday as the Warriors clinched second place in the Quad East with a 42-14 victory at Warrior Stadium.

Running back Tom Stinelli scored three touchdowns and rushed for 89 yards to celebrate Senior Night. Junior running back Devin Austin rushed for a game-high 105 yards and added a score as Penn-Trafford outrushed Hempfield, 228-145.

Penn-Trafford (6-3, 6-2) owns a 21-3 record in the series and has won 16 consecutive games against Hempfield (6-3, 5-3), which last won in 1997.

“I couldn't tell you the reason why we dominate them,” Stinelli said. “We play with a certain type of urgency against them because they're the same type of guys as us.”

Stinelli credited his offensive line for dominating and providing him and Austin with running lanes.

“The line got a big push up front,” Stinelli said. “On Senior Night you play with a different type of urgency. It was fun out there.”

Penn-Trafford took advantage of two Hempfield turnovers to grab leads of 7-0 and 14-7.

Josh McElrone's 26-yard interception return in the opening quarter set up Stinelli's first score, a 9-yard run.

And after Hempfield tied the score 7-7 in the second quarter on a 53-yard run by Joey DeFloria, Chris Stanford fell on a Hempfield fumble at the Spartans' 26. Five plays later, Stinelli scored on a 1-yard plunge to make it 14-7.

Just before halftime, sophomore quarterback Brett Laffoon hooked up with Timmy Vecchio on a 27-yard pass to make it 21-7 at halftime. Laffoon completed 5 of 12 passes for 106 yards.

“I finally feel we played a complete game,” Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said. “We haven't done that all year. We'd play good offense one week and not great defense. Then we'd play great defense and poorly on offense.

“Our special teams also played well, so I'm happy in Week 9 we played a complete game against a good team. We're capable of good things, and the win at Gateway (last week) showed us that.”

Ruane said his players were focused on Hempfield on Monday.

“We didn't get too high because of the Gateway win, and the players responded,” Ruane said. “Getting the short fields and converting on them were huge. The offensive line certainly won this game.

“Keeping DeFloria and (Tyler) George off the field was also huge.”

Other than DeFloria's big run, Hempfield's offense sputtered. That's because the Penn-Trafford defense held DeFloria and George in check.

DeFloria rushed for 99 yards, while George completed 1 of 10 passes for 11 yards. He was intercepted twice and sacked four times.

“Penn-Trafford played a great football game,” Hempfield coach Rich Bowen said. “They're getting better and better every week and we knew we were going to have a tough game.”

Stinelli and Austin each scored touchdowns in the third quarter for Penn-Trafford, while Tyler Farmer added another score in the fourth quarter.

Hempfield's lone second half touchdown came with 1:35 left when Daniel Walters tossed a three-yard touchdown pass to Dante Luther.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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