Peters Township overwhelms Plum
Plum celebrated homecoming Friday night at Mustangs Stadium, but visiting Peters Township celebrated on the scoreboard to the tune of a 42-0 victory in a Quad Central Conference game.
“I thought we played good defense at times. We were flying to the ball and making some nice hits,” Plum coach Frank Sacco said.
“Offensively, we just couldn't get anything going. Peters Township is a good football team.”
Plum was limited to 66 yards of offense.
Peters Township received the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards for a touchdown.
Indians senior tailback Mike Minjock scored from 6 yards. He carried the ball seven times for 27 yards on the drive.
“Minjock is the real deal,” Sacco said.
Peters Township (4-2, 3-2) forced a punt on Plum's first offensive possession and then quickly put another TD on the board for a two-score lead at the 4:15 mark of the first.
Minjock ran 44 yards to the Plum 14 on the second play of the drive, and senior tailback Sean Sullivan scampered to the end zone on the next play.
It looked like Peters Township would put up another score in the final two minutes of the first quarter.
Plum (0-6, 0-6) stopped Peters and forced a punt at the Plum 44, but Indians junior Cody Sheetz took a direct snap on a fake punt and rambled to the Mustangs' 5.
However, the Plum defense forced Peters to turn the ball over on downs. Minjock gained no yardage from inside the 2 on second, third and fourth down.
Plum took possession at its 1, but the Indians forced a safety and upped their lead to 16-0 early in the second quarter.
Peters then added two touchdowns right before halftime.
Minjock scored on a 1-yard run with 18 seconds on the clock and, after a Plum miscue on the ensuing squib kickoff gave the Indians the ball, quarterback R.J. Pfeuffer ran 13 yards for a touchdown with three seconds to go before the break.
“It was only 16-0, and there were some things that should've been prevented,” Sacco said. “We had them third-and-25 and gave up a big pass play. Then on the squib (kickoff), we have to find a way to get on the ball. All of a sudden, it's 29-0 when it should be only 16-0 going into halftime. Those are the type of things we have to correct. We're a young team, but we have to quit making those type of mistakes. ”
Minjock finished with 119 yards on 24 carries, giving him 805 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns through six games.
“We knew Plum was going to play their hearts out and bring everything they had because they wanted this game,” Minjock said.“We started out with a nice drive and were able to get the momentum. That's what we wanted to do.”
Peters Township's rushing attack accumulated 305 of the team's 398 yards of offense. Junior tailback Marcus Ubinger added 82 yards on seven carries and two second-half touchdowns.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.