PITTSBURGH -- Leading 28-21 and facing a fourth-and-2 late in the fourth quarter, Peters Township could have punted the ball back to Upper St. Clair, fueling their second half comeback.
Instead, the Indians went with a play they know well, the fake.
Senior linebacker and Miami (Ohio) commit Corban Hondru took the long snap and raced around the left side, picking up the crucial first down to seal the victory over the Panthers on a special Thursday edition of AHN Friday Night Rivals on 22 The Point.
With the win, Peters Township improves to 3-0 on its 2020 redemption tour following a narrow loss in the 2019 WPIAL championship game.
The fake punt wasn't the only timely play Hondru made Thursday night.
After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, Hondru and the Indians defense pinned the Panthers on their own goal line, and then cut off the corner when Upper St. Clair quarterback Ethan Dahlem tried to escape, recording a safety to get on the scoreboard.
Peters Township had its hands full chasing Dahlem and the Panthers offense all night.
Dahlem scored two first half rushing touchdowns and also delivered a timely touchdown strike to wide receiver Aidan Besselman in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to one score.
Upper St. Clair drops to 2-2 on the season, while Peters Township is now 2-0 playing on AHN Friday Night Rivals, following a 17-3 win over South Fayette on Sept. 25 on 22 The Point.
AHN PLAYER OF THE GAME
Peters Township's Corban Hondru.
DUNKIN' PLAY OF THE GAME
Peters Township's fake punt from Corban Hondru.
DQE COMMUNICATIONS DRIVE OF THE GAME
EAT 'N PARK PLAY THAT MADE YOU SMILE
Upper St. Clair's pass (Ethan Dahlem to Mateo Cepullio).
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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
PETERS TOWNSHIP 17, SOUTH FAYETTE 3
THURSDAY, OCT. 1
PETERS TOWNSHIP 28, UPPER ST. CLAIR 21
FRIDAY, OCT. 2
MOUNT LEBANON AT NORTH ALLEGHENY @ 7
FRIDAY, OCT. 9
KEYSTONE OAKS AT CENTRAL VALLEY @ 7
FRIDAY, OCT. 16
WEST ALLEGHENY AT SOUTH FAYETTE @ 7
FRIDAY, OCT. 23
CENTRAL CATHOLIC AT BALDWIN @ 7