It’s Thursday night and that means televised high school football on FSN – Penn Hills vs. Fox Chapel in the Quad East.
I missed the beginning of the game, opting for dinner with the family, but I played a little head game with myself.
“I predict,” I told myself, “Penn Hills will be winning, oh, 21-6, at halftime.
Oops … By the time, I turned on the TV at the stat of the third quarter, it was 27-0, Penn Hills. Not six minutes later, it was 34-0. A couple minutes later, Washington had touchdown No. 4 on a short sprint and it was 41-0 with 4:22 still left in the third quarter.
With a running clock, the stadium will be empty before 10 o’clock.
Looks like Penn Hills simply has too much heft and power on its offensive and defensive lines for Fox Chapel. Here is how confident Penn Hills coach Ron Graham felt about the advantage he held in the trenches: It was third-and-15 early in the second half, and he called a run. Chris Washington, who scored three touchdowns in the first half, ran through a hole off left tackle that a circus elephant could have hit for at least 10 yards.
With a first down, Penn Hills scored on the next play. It’s been like that from the first minute of the game. Brandon Ifill returned the opening kickoff 77 yards for a Penn Hills touchdown.
Penn Hills has struggled against good teams this season, but you never would know it by what is happening tonight.
By the way, for more details on this game, check out Pat Mitsch’s story in Friday’s Tribune-Review.