The Penn Hills Indians (3-3) escaped with a narrow 35-29 victory against the North Hills Indians (3-3) at Penn Hills’ Yuhas-McGinley Stadium.
Penn Hills received the opening kickoff and went on a methodical scoring drive in which sophomore quarterback Julian Dugger, a D-1 college prospect, went 4-for-4 and found junior WR/DB Raion Strader (a fellow college prospect) for a touchdown pass.
Dugger recorded three rushing touchdowns as well, coming on five, 71, and three yard totes.
Early in the second quarter, Dugger threw a pass that was tipped by his receiver and landed in the arms of North Hills RB/LB Cooper Thompson, who returned the ball to the Penn Hills 22.
North Hills’ offense ran through senior wide receiver Robert Dickerson, a Bucknell commit for football and baseball. Dickerson affected the Indians’ offense in all three phases, frequently used in the run game on jet sweeps and as a wildcat quarterback.
He also logged a 28 yard touchdown pass on a double reverse following Thompson’s interception, in addition to his typical body of work at receiver.
Penn Hills bled out much of the third quarter with a long drive, but sophomore running back Amir Key fumbled in North Hills territory to give the latter a new lease on life.
North Hills responded with a long touchdown pass from junior quarterback John Green Jr. to senior running back Chase Foskey to knot the score at 21.
Dugger’s third rushing touchdown of the night gave Penn Hills a 28-21 lead with 2:30 to go, and North Hills went on a surgical scoring drive, capped by Green’s 25 yard pass to Foskey. North Hills gambled with a two-point conversion try and succeeded, taking a 29-28 lead with 56 seconds remaining.
Penn Hills sophomore Amir Rollins returned the kickoff to midfield, and Dugger threw a touchdown pass to senior receiver Brendan Hill with two seconds remaining to take a 35-29 lead.
North Hills ensuing laterals attempt fell short, and Penn Hills hung on to win.