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Pine-Richland Blanks Penn Hills in Inter-Class Clash of Champions



Cole Spencer Pine-Richland

PINE TWP, Pa. — Pine-Richland opened the season with a 21-0 win over defending WPIAL and PIAA Class-5A Champion Penn Hills Friday night in Gibsonia.

The Rams (1-0) scored on their first possessions of the first and third quarters and were in control for the entire night.

The defending WPIAL Class-6A Champions held the Indians to just 177 yards on offense and had an interception in the third quarter to thwart a possible touchdown.

Cole Spencer opened the scoring when he found senior Luke Meckler on a quick pass on a 4th and 2. The talented running back wove his way through the defense for a 45-yard touchdown and the Rams were off and running.

Pine-Richland pulled a little trickery on the ensuing kickoff when Zach Waryanka recovered his own onside kick (think Pat McAfee), and the Rams scored three plays later when Spencer completed a long pass to Eli Jochem on a busted coverage.

Amazingly, Penn Hills held a 21:33 – 2:27 time of possession advantage in the first half, but had nothing to show for it.

In the second half, after a quick three-and-out Pine-Richland scored again on a 15-yard Meckler run.

Spencer paced the offense with 207 yards on 17-27 passing and the two scores. He added another 105 yards on the ground as he and Meckler were the only two players to record a rushing attempt for Rams.

Meckler gained 34 yards on the ground and caught six passes for 79 yards to go along with his rushing and receiving touchdowns.


Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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