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Peters Twp. Advances To Second Consecutive WPIAL Semi-Final



IMPERIAL, Pa — On a brisk Friday night at West Allegheny High School, the No. 4 Peters Township Indians routed the No. 5 Moon Tigers, 33-7, in a WPIAL Class-5A quarterfinal matchup.

After their commanding victory on Friday, Peters Township advances to the WPIAL semifinal for the second straight year. The Indians only have six playoff wins in school history.

Peters Township and Moon were co-champions from the Allegheny Eight conference. They faced off once before on Oct. 4 of the regular season and Moon knocked off the undefeated Indians, 21-13.

In the more meaningful battle this season, Peters Township showed their offensive power that was not shown in the first game against Moon. After no score from either team after the first quarter, Peters Twp. Started the second frame with fireworks. The Indians scored touchdowns on three straight offensive drives, with Moon not having an answer.

After a 98-yard drive, it was capped on a 7-yard run by Peters Township running back Ryan Magiske. Then it was another touchdown for the Indians in only 1:24, that boosted the Indians lead to 14-0. This time it was Josh Casilli evading a number of Tiger defenders, for a 52-yard score. Logan Pfeuffer opened up the Indians passing game with a 48-yard pass and catch to the versatile Aidan McCall.

Peters Township used up the majority of the second quarter clock with those consecutive touchdowns and took that 21-0 lead into the half.

 The Indians came out of the gates in the second half with another impressive offensive possession. They took the opening kick-off to the Moon three-yard line and Magiske pounded it in the endzone for his second touchdown of the game – and gave the Indians touchdowns on four straight possessions.

On the first play of the third quarter, Pfeuffer hit Casilli for a 31-yard strike to add six to the Indians lead.

Pfeffeer threw for over 100 yards and two touchdowns for the Indians. Penn commit, Josh Casilli had 100 plus all-purpose yards for Peters Township.

The defensive effort from Peters Township was equally impressive as their offensive splashes. Moon was unable to get anything moving for the entirety of the contest.

The Tigers did get on the scoreboard twice, late in the fourth quarter. Trey McGowan hit Jeremiah Dean for a 15-yard touchdown. McGowan Dawson Snyder had 12 catches for the Tigers.

Peters Township will play No. 1 seeded Penn Trafford next Saturday at 7 p.m. in the WPIAL Class-5A semifinal.


Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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