Football: Jet option helping Penn Hills take flight

Written by Brad Everett on .

Penn Hills has used the jet option to fly to one of the best records in Class AAAA.

If there's another successful flight Friday, Penn Hills could land with a share of the conference title.

When Penn Hills (6-2, 5-1) travels to the Wolvarena to take on rival Woodland Hills (7-1, 6-0), the Indians know that win would earn them a share of the Southeastern Conference title. The Indians last won a conference championship in 2008.

A big reason for the success Penn Hills is having is its execution of the jet option offense, a version of the triple option. The central characters are quarterback Bill Kisner, running back Te'Shan Campbell and 'jet' Isaiah Jones. Kisner and Campbell get the bulk of the carries and have had outstanding seasons. Kisner has rushed for 863 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Campbell has rushed for 834 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jones rushed for a 70-yard touchdown in a 55-28 win against Seneca Valley last week.


Football: Penn Hills wins with its ground game

Written by Marky Billson on .

Mark Billson profiles the Penn Hills football team.

2014 1009 PennHills Football(Photo: Penn Hills' Te'Shan Campbell, looking for running room against Central Valley, leads Penn Hills in rushing with 680 yards in six games. Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)

"John Peterman is enjoying the best of his three seasons as Penn Hills head football coach by implementing an offense that goes hand in hand with the Indians' reputation as a smash-mouth football team.

Last season Peterman installed the triple option or "jet fly sweep" offense at Penn Hills, a formation he compares to Gus Malzahn's offense at Auburn.

With junior quarterback Bill Kisner taking a shotgun snap, he then can either run the ball himself, give the ball to feature back Te'Shan Campbell, or possibly throw a pass, as Kisner has done 28 times this season without an interception.

The result has been a 9.8 yards per carry average for 2,475 total rushing yards for the Indians as a team. Seven players have rushed for more than 100 yards this season, and last Friday against Peters Township the Indians rushed for 641 yards to run their record to 5-1 with a 56-21 victory."


Football: Penn Hills duo rushing towards 1,000

Written by Brad Everett on .

Penn Hills is on the fast track to accomplishing something that only three WPIAL teams achieved last season.

Te'Shan Campbell (546 yards) and Bill Kisner (488 yards) are both on pace to rush for more than 1,000 yards. The only teams to feature a pair of 1,000-yard rushers last season were Aliquippa (Terry Swanson and Dravon Henry), Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (P.J. Fulmore and Jerome Turner) and McGuffey (Patrick Frey and James Duchi).

Campbell is averaging 7.5 yards per carry and Kisner 7.1 for Penn Hills (4-1), which is coming off a 63-35 win at Baldwin. Kisner rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns, and Campbell rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown.


Alumni Update - Terrell Roberson (California University of Pennsylvania)

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SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Junior quarterback James Harris (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) passed for 439 yards, while senior TerrellRoberson CalU Roberson and sophomore Nick Grissom (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) both rushed for three touchdowns, as the Vulcans earned a 56-34 win at Shippensburg on Saturday afternoon in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action.

With the win, the California University of Pennsylvania football team improves to 2-1 this season with a 1-1 record in league play. Meanwhile, Shippensburg falls to 2-1 overall with a 1-1 mark in conference action. Beginning this season, all league-mandated games (Week 2, Week 3) are reflected in the PSAC standings.

Grissom and Roberson combined to rush for 228 yards and six touchdowns against the Red Raiders. Roberson, a Penn Hills graduate, set a career high with 89 rushing yards and three scores on 14 carries.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Girls Tennis: Penn Hills hires coach ... again

Written by Justin Criado on .


The Penn Hills school board unanimously voted to hire tennis coach Jack Kowalski during its Aug. 25 meeting.

The board voted 4-2 to remove Kowalski from the athletic supplement's list in late-June, which essentially shut down the tennis program.

When the board realized that there was still a strong interest in girls tennis, the board decided to bring back Kowalski.