Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn Hills 30, Bethel Park 28 Pushing through Indians Overcome Penalties, Turnovers in Victory

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn Hills 30, Bethel Park 28 Pushing through Indians Overcome Penalties, Turnovers in Victory

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What do you get your 5-10, 270-pound defensive lineman after his scoop-and-score helped seal your team's 30-28 WPIAL 6A quarterfinal win against Bethel Park?

After George Freeman's fourth quarter play Friday, Penn Hills coach Jon LeDonne brainstormed.

"He stripped that ball and was motoring, so I've got a feeling I'll be bringing some pancakes in tomorrow morning," LeDonne said.

With four failed two-point conversions and one missed extra point, it seemed Penn Hills couldn't score more than six points at a time. But the Indians kept at it, limiting Bethel Park to one touchdown in the second half and eventually pulling ahead for the win despite two turnovers and 148 yards in penalties.

"Turnovers and penalties ... We're on the field second, third and long, on defense and we give them a penalty and give them a first down," LeDonne said. "Those are hard to come back from, but we made it happen."

Penn Hills trailed, 21-18, at halftime, before a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hollis Mathis to receiver Dante Cephas reclaimed the lead for the Indians in the third quarter. Freeman's scoop-and-score put the Indians up by nine points before Bethel Park quarterback Anthony Chiccitt connected with Luke Mattola on a six-yard touchdown pass in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter, but the Black Hawks couldn't recover an onside kick.

Mathis completed 15 passes for 239 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Bethel Park quarterback Anthony Chiccitt competed seven passes for 105 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

"We just needed to play the best half of football that we could have played," Mathis said. "We played a solid half apart from the turnovers and apart from the penalties. We did a good job as far as keeping the game in hand when things were going rough, and I think that's why we were able to come back the second half and have a really good half and pull off the win. …

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