Plum continues move up Quad East standings
When one takes a look at the Quad East football standings, Penn-Trafford checks in at the top with a 5-0 record.
The Warriors have been dominant so far, outscoring opponents, 205-35.
McKeesport is in second at 4-1, with its lone loss coming against Penn-Trafford in week two.
Then, in third, is Plum, and the Mustangs solidified their position last week with a more-than-convincing 65-0 drubbing of Kiski Area on homecoming at Mustangs Stadium.
The fans, especially the students, were rocking as the Mustangs defense picked up right where it left off against Norwin.
The Cavaliers couldn't get much of anything going, as Plum set a school-record for points in a single game.
For head coach Matt Morgan, his players and the program overall, the mercy-rule win was a reversal of several games from 2011 to 2013.
In those three seasons, Plum teams gave up 50 points five times.
“Words can't describe how it feels to be on the other end of that,” Morgan said.
“We knew going into the game if we executed well, we would be OK. We started fast, and it continued for the rest of the game. It was quick all night.”
On Oct. 10, Plum will get a shot at McKeesport at Mustangs Stadium.
Morgan knows his players can't be looking ahead and have to concentrate on the task at hand Friday evening. That task is a conference road trip to Connellsville.
The Falcons are 2-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
They were overmatched last week in a 56-7 nonconference loss to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, but they upended Hempfield, 34-26, two weeks ago and beat Latrobe, 21-7, in week three after back-to-back losses to Penn-Trafford and McKeesport.
“We have to be focused and come out ready to play Friday,” Morgan said. “We have to keep this momentum up.”
Falcons running backs fared well in their win over Hempfield on Sept. 19�, as Josh Cree tallied 109 yards on 14 carries, while Braden Hone added two TD runs, including the game-clincher with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
As a team, Connellsville rushed for 280 yards on 50 attempts against the Spartans. Four pass attempts, all in the first half, fell incomplete.
On Friday, Plum led Kiski Area, 51-0, at halftime, and the 35-point mercy-rule, with a continuously running second-half clock, went into effect with the third-quarter kickoff.
The Cavaliers have surrendered the most points in the entire WPIAL through five games at 274.
The previous Plum school record for points in a single game came in 1964 as the Mustangs scored a 54-0 victory over then West Deer High School.
Mustangs sophomore running back Kevin Brown had a career night running the ball. He carried the ball only 12 times, but he had 187 yards and touchdown runs of 16, 8, 16, 20 and 49 yards.
“He definitely shined (Friday),” Morgan said.
“The line blocked tremendously for him. He got out into the open. When he gets into the open, it's a different thing.”
Fellow sophomore Nick Coxon, Plum's leading rusher through four games, missed the contest against Kiski, but the total run game didn't miss a beat.
Several running backs came together to rush for 368 yards on 28 carries.
A trio of Nicks got into the scoring act, as Nick Carlisano, Nick Robb and Nick Pampena tallied rushing touchdowns.
Quarterback Wil Fuhrer only threw three passes, but two were complete to Ashton Teeter for 85 yards. A 46-yard connection from Fuhrer to Teeter for a score was part of a 37-point first quarter.
“We wanted to get the passing game working a little more, but we were running the ball well and just kept it on the ground,” Morgan said.
The Plum defense ran its scoreless streak to seven quarters. Kiski Area punted three times in the first half and turned the ball over on downs on a fourth drive.
The Cavaliers drove to the Plum seven on their first drive of the third quarter but again turned the ball over on downs as quarterback Chad Kuhn was stuffed on a fourth-and-2 keeper by a Mustangs surge of defenders.
Morgan said he was pleased to be able to get numerous subs into the game as the second half wore on.