Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mt. Pleasant, Prexies in Interstate Collision Conference Title on Line for Both

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mt. Pleasant, Prexies in Interstate Collision Conference Title on Line for Both

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One team was destined for stardom led by its highly touted running back, but its season did not derail after he was lost to a season-ending injury.

The other team, even with an unblemished 6-0 record, hasn't garnered the same amount of attention, rumbling under the radar behind a multi-dimensional attack.

It doesn't matter that they are both undefeated, it doesn't matter where they rank right now in the WPIAL standings, but what matters to Mount Pleasant coach Bo Ruffner is the end result of a hard-fought season.

"We don't worry about the rankings, the only one that matters is the one at the end of the season," Ruffner said.

Even with one conference game remaining for each team, the WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference title will be decided Friday night between the Mount Pleasant Vikings (6-0, 6-0) and the Washington Little Prexies (6-0, 6-0).

"The kids, the coaching staff, we know what's at stake," Ruffner said. "But we're going to approach it like any other game, try not to change what we do best and do the same thing we have been doing week to week. It's a testament to the hard work and the focus we have put in."

A formula that consists of only three ingredients is what Ruffner said has put his players in this position and helped them to establish their identity on both sides of the ball.

"One thing we always say is, if we can stop the run, win the turnover battle and have a physical running game, we feel confident about our chances in every game," Ruffner said. "That's the identity we have worked hard to establish. Our kids embrace it."

Defensively, Mount Pleasant is giving up only 10.8 points per game.

These Vikings have a doubled-edged attack with quarterback Ryan Gumbita and running back Tyler Mellors.

But Ruffner said it's more than those two who set the sails for the offense.

"We have four guys who carry the ball for this team," he said. "Our ability to run with them, sets up our play-action game or our regular dropback. We have diversity on offense no matter how defenses attack our game plan."

Mellors, a 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior, leads the team in rushing with 860 yards on 93 carries. …

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