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Upper St. Clair Makes Statement Win at Home 31-3 @UpperStClairFB @NickHaus75

Written by: on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

 

By: Nick Haushalter

Upper St. Clair handed Peters Township their second loss of the season Friday night, winning at home with a final score of 31-3. The Panthers’ offense performed consistently well as Senior running-back Ethan Heister led the way with 3 touchdowns. But it was Upper St. Clair’s defense that really made the difference– they always seemed one step ahead of Indians QB Sam Miller.

Peters TWP scored their first and only points on a field goal midway through the 1st quarter. The Panthers put together a nice drive in response but were stopped short of the goal line and also settled for a field goal.

From there things went downhill for the Indians, who never recovered the momentum. On the next drive USC scored their first touchdown of the night when Hiester caught a pass in the middle of the field without (quite literally) an Indian in sight. Taking advantage of the
busted coverage, he ran for a comfortable 63 yard score.

Peters TWP had no answer, as QB Sam Miller failed again and again to find his targets in the air. The Indians’ pass-heavy offense, with its emphasis on short routes, never picked up steam. Their wide receivers rarely had enough separation to run with the ball or even make
catches. They were thus forced to punt again and again as their defense became even more exhausted.

In contrast, Upper St. Clair’s star WR Mateo Capullio caught a highlight-reel-worthy 40 yard bomb in the endzone on 4th and 15 despite very tight coverage. By halftime the game seemed to be securely commanded by the Panthers, even though the score was only 17-3.

Both teams exchanged punts throughout most of the 3rd quarter until Hiester struck again, bursting through the gut of the defensive line for a 20 yard touchdown on the ground. He would end the night with one more TD after USC DE Chimento recovered a fumble within 10 yards of the Peters TWP goal line.

This was a true statement win for the Panthers, who took on the highly-praised Indians and won convincingly before a wild home crowd. They were clearly the better team in all three phases of the game (credit to USC’s punter who had some fantastic kicks!). Next week Peters Township looks to get back on track against Moon at home, and USC travels to West Allegheny with renewed confidence.

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