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Late field goal lifts Mt. Pleasant past GCC

| Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, 11:06 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Area High School’s Chad Gradisek (left) dives trying to pull down Greensburg Central Catholic High School chase Keller (right) at GCC September 7, 2012. gtr-MtPGCC-02-090812
Mt. Pleasant Area High School Tyler Mellors looks for a whole in the Mt. Pleasant line at GCC September 7, 2012. gtr-MtPGCC-08-090812

On a night Mt. Pleasant running back Tyler Mellors and Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Chase Keller put on offensive shows, a first-year kicker stole the headlines.

John Anys, playing his first varsity football season, booted a 39-yard game-winning field goal with 37.2 seconds left to rally Mt. Pleasant (2-0, 2-0) to a heart-thumping 30-28 victory Friday in a WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference game.

The Mt. Pleasant senior has spent the past few seasons playing soccer, but with the encouragement of assistant coach Bill Barber, came out this season.

The winning kick came after Anys missed a 33-yard field goal in the first quarter and an extra point in the fourth quarter.

“I wanted another chance to make it up for my coaches and teammates,” Anys said. “I didn't even watch the ball go through the uprights. I starred at the ground, and I knew I made it when my teammates started screaming.”

Mt. Pleasant coach Bo Ruffner didn't hesitate calling Anys' number.

“We were confident he'd make it,” Ruffner said. “We didn't have any other option. He's got a great leg.”

Anys' kick would probably have been good from 50.

“Oh my God, I love that kid,” Mellors said. “He saved me because I played so poorly on defense.”

But Mellors made up for it offensively. He rushed for 268 yards and scored three touchdowns on runs of 15, 83 and 8 yards.

“I have a great offensive line,” Mellors said. “I wouldn't trade them for anyone. They gave me great holes, which allowed me to cut back.”

Ruffner said Mellors had a phenomenal game.

“Tyler and the offensive line just seemed to click,” Ruffner said. “Players were going down with cramps, but Tyler still looked fresh.”

Mt. Pleasant needed a big game from Mellors to counter Keller's huge game.

The first-year starter, a junior, rushed for 140 yards and completed 10 of 21 passes for 167 yards. Cramps kept Keller from running the ball in the fourth quarter.

Keller's 10-yard touchdown strike to Zach Herman gave Greensburg Central Catholic its first lead of the game, 28-27, with 2:27 left to play.

“Last week we saw the jet speed of Washington,” GCC coach Dan Mahoney said. “This week we had trouble with the shiftiness off Mellors.”

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at pschofield@tribweb.com or 724-853-2109.

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