Plum fails to convert victory
PLUM — Plum matched Trinity with three touchdowns, but a mixture of missed opportunites and penalties was the difference in the Mustangs’ 21-18 loss in a Quad Southwest Conference game Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.
“We have to learn how to play football for four quarters,” Plum coach Bill Rometo said. “The frustrating this is at times we look like we can do that, but other times we are not.”
The Mustangs (0-4, 0-2) trailed from the beginning after allowing Trinity (3-1, 1-1) to score on its first possession.
Running back Ryan Webb scored with less than a minute left in the first quarter to bring Plum within one, but a blocked extra point attempt left the team trailing.
Webb added another score in the second quarter, but the two-point conversion pass from quarterback Gino Rometo to reciever Tyler Schmeck fell short.
Plum also committed 12 penalties for 102 yards.
“I am very upset with that,” Bill Rometo said. “It looks like the kids are not focused and disciplined, and I am going to address that this week.”
Early in the fourth quarter, Plum closed the gap to 3 points with a 22-yard pass on a reverse handoff from wide reciever Anthony Diguillo to a wide open Schmeck in the end zone. Plum lined up for an extra point, but ran a fake with the holder, Diguillo, looking to take the ball in himself, but was wrapped up at the one-yard line before appearing to lateral the ball to the kicker, Schmeck.
The ball came up short, and bounced into the end zone, where Schmeck fell on it for an apparent conversion.
The referees ruled that the ball was pitched forward, nullifying the score.
Plum stopped Trinity on the ensuing posession, before beginning on its own 20-yard line and driving to Trinity’s 22 , led by three Rometo completions for 48 yards, including a 4th and 16.
Following three straight incompletions, Plum lined up for a 39-yard field goal attempt by Schmeck.
Their chances, along with the attempt, fell short.
“That’s too far a field goal for (Schmeck to attempt),” Bill Rometo said. “The kid gave it his best shot.”
Trinity took over on downs and ran the clock out, taking a knee three times.
Plum played well in the first half Friday night, but mistakes led to a two-point deficit at halftime.
In that first half, Webb carried the ball 10 times for 68 yards, and accounted for Plum’s first two scores. He finished with 89 yards
on 18 carries.
Gino Rometo completed 19 passes on 38 attempts for 202 yards and an interception.
Trinity running back Ben Jennings continued to assert himself as one of the top rushers in the WPIAL with 188 yards on 30 carries and a touchdown.
Plum travels to McKeesport (2-1) next week. The Tigers are looking to grab its their first win of the season.