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PSR Game of the Week: Mt. Lebanon shuts out Penn Hills 16-0

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Luke Hagy and Tim Briercheck scored touchdowns, and Mt. Lebanon forced a big safety in the second half en route to a 16-0 shutout over visiting Penn Hills at Mt. Lebanon Stadium Friday night.


Both Mt. Lebanon and Penn Hills were in need of a win, with Penn Hills starting at an 0-2 start to their season and Mt. Lebanon trying to bounce back from a 34-17 setback at the hands of a surprising Penn Trafford team last week.

The Blue Devils looked energized to start the game, moving the ball across midfield and close to the red zone, but a Penn Hills sack on fourth down thwarted Mt. Lebanon's opening drive.

Pitt-bound Penn Hills senior Corey Jones then faked a punt and sprinted 35 yards into Blue Devils territory to silence the crowd and put the Indians in scoring position. Quarterback Chaz Whitaker later connected with Eric Godfrey to move the ball closer to the red zone, but a fourth down pass into the end zone was broken up by Mt. Lebanon's Tyler Roth to turn the ball over on downs.

Late in the second quarter, Blue Devils' running back Luke Hagy scored from four yards out to give Mt. Lebanon a 7-0 lead. The score was set up by a nifty 21-yard bullet over the middle from QB Pat Goff to Hagy, which gave Lebo a first and goal. Hagy scored on the next play.

Early in the second half, Penn Hills had the ball near their own goal line when a controversial call turned the tide of the game. Mt. Lebanon senior defensive end Max Goldberg shed two blockers and chased Penn Hills' Whittaker out of the pocket and into his own end zone, forcing him to throw the ball near the feet of a Penn Hills receiver. Whittaker was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone, however, for a safety that gave Lebo a 9-0 lead.

The Penn Hills defense held strong and got the ball back to their offense, but a Corey Jones' fumble near midfield gave the ball back to the home team.

Tim Briercheck dragged several Penn Hills' defenders on a 26-yard rumble, before taking a handoff up the middle and bouncing it to the left for a 10-yard scoring run to make the score 16-0, which is how it ended.

Luke Hagy led Mt. Lebanon with 124 yards rushing and one touchdown, but left the game in the second half with what was described as a right leg strain.

The Blue Devils improved to 2-1, while Penn Hills is left searching for their first win.


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