Royals earn first win in program history
The Vincentian Royals earned the first win in the short history of the program last week, a 62-8 triumph over Geibel. “It is exciting,” Vincentian coach Tim Storino said. “We played well.”
Royals defensive back Mike Tappe picked off three Geibel passes and returned two for touchdowns. Tappe also plays quarterback and threw a touchdown pass to Tom Werner.
“We had an extra day to prepare,” Storino said. “The kids are excited. They have been on the other side of this, but we are improving and everyone is getting fired up.”
Running back Dan Kushner carried the ball 11 times for 136 yards and scored on a 56-yard run to help seal the game. The Royals dressed 15 players, and Geibel dressed 13.
Butler 19, Pine-Richland 7
The Rams' defense held strong in the first half, limiting the Golden Tornado to a pair of field goals. The Rams took the lead in the second half, when Ben DiNucci hit C.J. Jackson for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Ben Engle's extra point gave the Rams a 7-6 lead.
But the Butler ground attack began to wear out the Rams' defense in the second half and scored on runs of 10 and 19 yards to grind out the victory.
“We win as a team and lose as a team,” Jackson said. “We have 27 seniors and we are a close group. We just didn't have it (against Butler).”
North Hills 42, Shaler 8
North Hills' offense was shut down a week ago, but the Indians woke up against Shaler. North Hills scored 35 unanswered points before Shaler quarterback Brad Good found Rob Reinheimer for a 2-yard scoring pass. Good also threw for the two-point conversion to Joe Malta.
“We are building a program here, and it won't happen overnight,” Shaler coach Chris Siegle said. “It starts with us as coaches with a good work ethic that the kids can see. We preach to our seniors that they will build a foundation (for years to come). They took that role.”
Greensburg Salem 20, Hampton 10
A Jon Nigro 35-yard field goal and a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown by Andy DeMichiei gave the Talbots a 10-7 lead at the half. But in the third quarter, Greensburg Salem's Dan Walters hit Denzell Jackson with a 30-yard scoring strike, and the defense returned a fumble for a touchdown to ice the game.
Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-779-6979.