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Peters Twp. Looks for Another Culture-Changing Win Against No. 1 Penn-Trafford in Semifinals

Peters Twp. Looks for Another Culture-Changing Win Against No. 1 Penn-Trafford in Semifinals

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IMPERIAL, Pa. — Peters Township is heading to the 5A WPIAL semifinals for the second year in a row.

During the 2019 regular season, the Indians’ only blemish was against the Moon Tigers. Peters Twp. got their chance to redeem themselves and send Moon packing. The Indians did just that, on Friday night in a quarterfinal meeting with the Tigers, winning 33-7.

“We were able to do whatever we wanted, really,” Peters Twp. quarterback Logan Pfeuffer said. “I was able to throw the ball better and we controlled the line of scrimmage. We just were overall better (than we were in the first game).”

Moon proved their solid defense all year and held the Indians to only 13 points in the Oct. 4 meeting. This time around, Peters Township showed their offensive fire power.

Pfeuffer threw two touchdown passes and the Indians running game looked poised all night, as they added three rushing scores on the night (two by Ryan Magiske).

Peters Township has captured only six playoff wins in school history. Four of the six have been in the last two seasons. They are led by head coach T.J. Plack (in his fourth season).

“Coach Plack has preached ‘culture’ since he’s been here,” Pfeuffer said. “The seniors last year, the seniors this year, they came in and changed it. (As a whole) we have reversed the whole program and it’s on the uprise.”

The red hot Indians will try to grab their biggest win in program history in their semifinal matchup, when they face off against No. 1-seeded Penn-Trafford Friday night.

“I really look forward to it” Said senior running back/wide receiver Josh Casilli. “It’s going to be a hard fought game.”

Penn Trafford and Peters Township haven’t faced off since last season in the quarterfinals when the Indians upset the Warriors, 38-35. Penn Hills then ended Peters Township’s season in the semifinal round.

“We’re good, they’re good,” Pfeuffer said. “We’ll see who wins.”

Site is still to be determined for Friday’s meeting between the two. The winner will play the winner of Gateway and McKeesport in the other semifinal.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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