TURTLE CREEK, Pa. — It had been five years since Penn Hills and Woodland Hills met on the gridiron before the traditional east suburban rivals butted heads on Friday night at the Wolvarena.
When they last met the Wolverines gave the Indians a parting gift in the form of a 31-13 victory back in 2015.
With the rivalry resumed once more Friday night, the Wolverines once again took the upper hand, as junior quarterback Deontae Williams was responsible for three touchdowns to lead Woodland Hills to a 26-7 rivalry.
After Penn Hills took an early 7-0 lead, the Woodland Hills junior took over. He scored on a designed run from 14 yards out early in the second quarter after a long Eshawn Carter kickoff return set the Wolverines up with good position.
After a Woodland Hills interception late in the first half, Williams once again found pay dirt, this time on a winding scramble from 20 yards out that saw the Wolverine quarterback dive through traffic to the end zone.
Penn Hills looked like it had a chance to score late in the first half, but a fumbled snap inside the five yard line resulted in a squandered opportunity.
Woodland Hills got the ball to start the second half and put on a rushing clinic, with running back Taelen Brooks powering over the right side for a 7-yard score.
After a defensive stop, Williams found Omari Daniels over the middle for a 21-yard, catch-and-run touchdown. The two third-quarter Woodland Hills drives took nearly 10 minutes off the clock.
The Woodland Hills defense stepped up the rest of the way, as defensive lineman Seveon Givner sacked Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger on a fourth down early in the fourth quarter and T’Rek Scipio intercepted a Dugger pass in the end zone with just over 5 minutes to play.
Penn Hills (0-2) will visit Upper St. Clair next Friday, while Woodland Hills (2-0) heads to North Hills.