PITTSBURGH -- Football, it's great to have you back.
On opening night across Pennsylvania, Hampton and Mars Area delivered a few hours of much-needed high school football action in the 2020 AHN Friday Night Rivals season premiere, live on 22 The Point.
Behind four impressive touchdown runs from Mars senior running back Teddy Ruffner, the Fightin' Planets topped the Talbots 35-13.
"Touchdown Teddy" as he's been tabbed over the last two seasons, did 248 yards of damage on the ground and was the difference in an otherwise tightly contested Week 1 WPIAL matchup.
Hampton started the scoring in the first quarter with a highlight-worthy touchdown catch from wide receiver Benny Haselrig on the throw from quarterback Matt DeMatteo.
From there, the Mars defense tightened up only allowing two field goals the rest of the way, while Ruffner ran wild to notch a season opening victory.
Next Friday at 7 p.m. on 22 The Point, Upper St. Clair hosts Pine-Richland in the Week 2 AHN Friday Night Rivals matchup.
AHN PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mars Area running back Teddy Ruffner.
DUNKIN' PLAY OF THE GAME
Quinn Fuller's (Mars Area) interception.
DQE COMMUNICATIONS DRIVE OF THE GAME
Mars Fightin' Planets
EAT 'N PARK PLAY THAT MADE YOU SMILE
Teddy Ruffner's (Mars Area) touchdown run.
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2020 AHN FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE
***SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
FRIDAY, SEPT. 11
MARS AREA 35, HAMPTON 13
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18
PINE-RICHLAND 34, UPPER ST. CLAIR 13
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25
SOUTH FAYETTE AT PETERS TOWNSHIP @ 7
THURSDAY, OCT. 1
UPPER ST. CLAIR AT PETERS TOWNSHIP @ 7
FRIDAY, OCT. 2
MOUNT LEBANON AT NORTH ALLEGHENY @ 7
THURSDAY, OCT. 8
PENN HILLS AT NORTH HILLS @ 7
FRIDAY, OCT. 9
PENN-TRAFFORD AT GATEWAY @ 7
FRIDAY, OCT. 16
WEST ALLEGHENY AT SOUTH FAYETTE @ 7
FRIDAY, OCT. 23
CENTRAL CATHOLIC AT BALDWIN @ 7