Plum tops Hempfield once again
For the second year in a row, Plum got the better of Hempfield in a season-opening Quad East clash.
Last year, the Mustangs took care of business 45-19 at Hempfield. The Spartans tried to turn the tables Friday, but the outcome was similar. Plum, ranked 10th in the Tribune-Review Class AAAA rankings, led 28-10 at halftime en route to a 38-17 victory.
“We did some good things offensively, but we can be better,” Plum junior tailback Kevin Brown said.
Brown caught three passes for 122 yards and added a pair of runs for 23 yards, all in the first half.
His 62-yard screen-pass reception from quarterback Matt Goodlin in the first quarter answered a field goal from Hempfield kicker Mac Whatule.
Plum led 6-3 and added three rushing touchdowns in the first half. Brown scored from 13 yards, and Jaleel Bey and Corey Thomas scored on runs of 31 and 11 yards.
“We were starting a lot of sophomores and juniors for the first time, so we’re a pretty young football team,” Hempfield coach Rich Bowen said. “Plum is an outstanding, veteran football team.
“They’re ready to roll this year.”
Hempfield closed the deficit to 18 at halftime as Nick Diandreth hauled in a 37-yard pass from Daniel Walters.
Jake Chapla’s 39-yard field goal and a 70-yard pass from Thomas to Ashton Teeter extended Plum’s lead to 38-10 in the third quarter.
The Spartans capped the scoring with about five minutes left as Donnie Washington tallied a 9-yard scoring run. Washington led all rushers with 147 yards on 23 carries.
Plum running backs totaled 197 yards on 32 carries, and Goodlin (141) and Thomas (97) combined for 238 passing yards.
Teeter caught three passes for 106 yards.
“We played much better in the second half, especially on defense,” Bowen said.
Walters was 4 of 9 passing for 104 yards and a score in the first half, but he completed only one of five in the second half and was intercepted once. He finished with 114 yards through the air.
Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at email@example.com .