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Football: Penn Hills focuses on success

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Penn Hills football team.

2014 1030 PennHills Football(Photo: Penn Hills quarterback Bill Kisner, shown running the ball against Central Valley, led Penn Hills in rushing in the regular season. Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)

"By virtue of their 22-15 victory at Woodland Hills on Friday, the Penn Hills Indians clinched the top seed out of the Southeastern Conference with a 6-1 record, 7-2 overall.

Afterward, both players and coaches spoke of the team's commitment to success and desire for recognition as the reason for the Indians' first conference title since 2008, but another factor seems to be even more evident -- intensity.

The Indians will play Plum (5-4, 5-3), the fourth-place team out of the Foothills Conference, at home Friday at 7:30 p.m.

While high spirits would seem to be the norm under such a circumstance of success, it seems coach John Peterman's attitude is somewhat infectious with the Indians; have high energy, preach fundamentals, and have a Jim Valvano-like resolve to never give up."

 

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Football: East Feature Athlete - Penn Hills' Billy Kisner

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Billy Kisner
High School: Penn Hills
Grade: 11
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback

Background: Kisner passed for two touchdowns and engineered a fourth-quarter scoring drive that was the difference in Penn Hills' 22-15 win at Woodland Hills last week. Kisner completed 3 of 5 passes for 71 yards and scoring passes to Christian Randall-Posey (41 yards) and Greg Hoolahan (19 yards). With the game tied, 15-15, in the fourth quarter, Kisner fueled a drive that was capped by Milan Smith's 3-yard touchdown run. Kisner hooked up with Hoolahan on an 11-yard pass-and-catch on a third-and-11 earlier in the drive. Kisner rushed for 59 yards on 17 carries and his 54-yard punt return set up the Indians' first touchdown.

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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.

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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."

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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.