Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Indians Down Planets with Big Plays Remain Undefeated Overall, in Conference

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Indians Down Planets with Big Plays Remain Undefeated Overall, in Conference

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Mars beat Penn Hills in the championship of a 7-on-7 passing tournament this summer at Pitt. But let's get real. What the two teams did a few months later, it was a much different story.

For the rematch, Penn Hills and Mars got rid of the shorts and the difference was long . plays, that is.

Penn Hills had scoring plays of 70, 86 and 44 yards Friday night and also scored on a fourth-down pass play as the Indians knocked off host Mars, 36-15, in a big WPIAL Class 5A Northern Conference game.

The big plays are nothing new for the Indians, the Post-Gazette's No. 2 WPIAL Class 5A team. Penn Hills (4-0 overall, 2-0 in conference) now has nine touchdown plays in four games of 40 yards or more. Six of those nine have been 60 yards or more.

"It's so fun calling plays for this team because we have so many weapons on offense and so many guys who can make big plays," said Cam Sadler, Penn Hills' offensive coordinator.

That 7-on-7 game in the summer didn't really mean much, but the subject did come up with Penn Hills players this week.

"It motivated them a little bit," Penn Hills coach Jon LeDonne said. "Hey, you use whatever you can for motivation because every time you go on the field, you want to win. Whether it's 7-on-7, weightlifting or whatever."

Seniors Dante Cephas and Daequan Hardy provided the big plays this time. Cephas turned a short pass into a 70-yard touchdown play and had Penn Hills' first score when he caught a 20-yard pass from Hollis Mathis on a fourth-and-7 play in the first quarter.

Hardy, a receiver-defensive back who has major-college scholarship offers, made big plays on offense and defense. He had an 86-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, using a nifty move to get around a defender. Then early in the third quarter, with Penn Hills leading, 22-9, he intercepted a pass and returned it 44 yards for a score. …

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