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Pittsburgh Sports Report Game of the Week: Mount Lebanon 34 - Pine-Richland 22

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Mt. Lebanon topped Pine-Richland 34-22 on opening night behind 208 yards from junior Luke Hagy.

Simply put: dominant.


That was the only word needed to describe the incredible ground assault that Luke Hagy and his Mount Lebanon Blue Devils offense threw upon Pine-Richland Friday night in a lopsided 34-22 win at Mount Lebanon stadium.


Hagy, a senior tailback, rushed for a whopping 208 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard dash with 7:15 left in the first quarter, advancing Mount. Lebanon's score to two touchdowns.


“He's just a great runner, and we knew that coming into this game,” said Mount Lebanon head coach Chris Haering.  “Our offensive line gave us a fantastic push tonight, and those holes that Luke (Hagy) squeezed through were just enough to get him positive yardage almost every time he touched the ball.”


The incredible running ability of Hagy was also displayed on special teams, where the senior returned a kick for a 61-yard touchdown on the very first play of the game.


“I guess I knew I was going to have a pretty good night when that happened,” said Hagy. “You need a momentum shift like that to make a statement, make an early stand.”


Mount Lebanon's offense was on a complete tear, tallying up over 350 yards. They didn't even punt until 1:27 remained in the third quarter.


Pine-Richland's offense, led by quarterback Andy Borgen, found a heater themselves, when two straight touchdowns turned a 14-3 Blue Devil lead into a 15-14 Rams lead.


Borgen helped execute a 5-play, 34-yard drive, capped by a Jeff Mitzer four-yard touchdown run with 6:17 left before the half.


A pick-six interception by Jake Boyer on the very next Mount Lebanon possession gave PR the one point lead going into halftime.


“They gave us a fight,” Hagy said.  “Obviously we knew they had a nice passing game, and they showed us that tonight.  We just had to keep answering them and keep them from taking our momentum completely.”


Borgen went 18-of-25 for 225 yards and a touchdowns, when he found his go-to man Colin Ryan in the back of the end zone for a 38-yard strike late in the fourth quarter.


Ryan tallied up 117 yards on seven receptions.


While Pine-Richland added on a plethora of yards offensively, turnovers ended up playing a nasty role in the Rams' game as well. PR surrendered five mishaps, including the deal-breaker in the game, in which a fumble by Ryan that was recovered by Andy Laurer in Mount Lebanon territory set up a Goff touchdown pass and gave Lebo a commanding 27-15 lead early in the fourth quarter.


“We had some fortunate turns come our way,” said Haering. “It was a great game, and it was a battle between two offenses that really wanted to win. I don't think it came down to who fumbled the ball last or who made the last mistake. This was just a game that you had to keep up with, and that you had to keep going at it in. We came out on top.”


Haering and his Mount Lebanon Blue Devils will play at Penn-Trafford next Friday, while Pine-Richland moves on to play at Mars.

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