Keith Barnes covered Friday's game between Hampton and Mars.
(Photo: Mars' Jake Rosswog is tackled by the Talbots' Jack Werling, right, in the first half Friday at Hampton. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"Faced with possible postseason elimination, Mars coach Scott Heinauer thought of an innovative way to eradicate Hampton's home-field advantage when the two teams met Friday night.
"I brought some grass turf from our practice field and sprinkled it on here," Heinauer said. "I told our kids, this is it. You practice on it and you may never practice on it again."
Mars will get to work out on that grass for at least another week after running back Ori Rinaman scored two touchdowns in regulation and Isaiah Johnson rolled into the end zone from 5 yards out in overtime to give the Planets a stunning 20-14 victory against Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference champion and previously unbeaten No. 4 Hampton.
With the victory, Mars (6-3, 5-3) clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs."