Surging Penn Hills grounds Fox Chapel
Now this is more like Penn Hills football.
Kei Pasch'l ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and Chris Washington ran for 88 yards and four more scores to lead Penn Hills to a 48-7 Quad East beating of Fox Chapel at home Thursday.
Terrell Roberson added a 53-yard touchdown run for the Indians (4-4, 3-1), who amassed 419 yards of offense. Since starting the season 1-3, Penn Hills has won three of its last four heading into next week's season finale at Woodland Hills.
"Well, if you're going to peak, this is the time to do it," Penn Hills coach Ron Graham said. "We're looking forward to trying to progress, but we still have a lot of things to work on in a short period of time."
Junior running back Montay Green ran 11 times for 111 yards and the lone, fourth-quarter touchdown for the Foxes (3-5, 0-4). But because of an internal reason, Green was held out of the first half, after which Penn Hills built a 27-point lead.
"They have good defensive speed," Fox Chapel coach Bryan Deal said. "(Penn Hills tackle Aaron) Donald made a bunch of big plays. We couldn't run away from him. We couldn't run to him. He's a good football player. With their speed, they made plays. We didn't tackle well in the first half. On offense, without Montay, we struggled."
Washington scored three of his touchdowns in the first half in only his second game back after a concussion.
After Myles Davis ran for 54 yards on Penn Hills' second play from scrimmage, Washington ran in from 10 yards. On the next drive, Washington ran for 30 yards on three carries, the last of which was a 25-yard touchdown. Then, with 3:31 left in the half, Washington capped a 13-play, 63-yard drive with an over-the-top dive from 1 yard.
Pasch'l, also in his second game back after rehabbing a torn MCL, added a 53-yard score in the first quarter, helping Penn Hills outrush Fox Chapel, 227-14, and outgain the Foxes, 281-31, overall.
"Our kids are eager," Graham said. "We had a rocky start, and we'll continue to work on it."
Speaking of rocky starts, Fox Chapel quarterback Noel Wilson, a 5-foot-8, 170-pound sophomore, was sacked twice in the first half, and five of the Foxes' six drives ended in punts. The other ended when the clock ran out.
The Foxes got Green back in the second half, and the 6-1, 230-pound junior ripped off a 24-yard run on Fox Chapel's first second-half drive.
Green got the Foxes on the board with a 25-yard rush midway through the fourth quarter, but Penn Hills' Terrell Roberson scored on a 53-yard run to thwart any late momentum.
"Obviously, he brings a lot of energy to our offense," Deal said. "Unfortunately, we didn't have him in the first half."