Peters Township has one week to regain its health before commencing with conference action.

The Indians will entertain Connellsville at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 before tackling Upper St. Clair Oct 1 in the Allegheny Conference opener.

The Indians are three-time conference champions, but have suffered a rash of injuries this season.

PT’s win against crosstown rival Canon-McMillan was particularly costly and a limited line-up then contributed to a 31-0 loss to Mt. Lebanon.

“Currently, we need to get healthy and continue to prepare and get our guys experience,” said PT head coach T.J. Plack.

The Indians faced Lebo without quarterback Sam Miller, running backs Ethan Kirsch and Rich Woods as well as left guard Dante Lahet — who all sat out of the game with injuries. Miller and Kirsch are also integral to the team’s defense.

Peters also lost Bryce Thompson during the game against Lebo. The receiver-turned-signal caller was injured on the first play of the game and sophomore Chris Cibrone filled the position.

The Indians do anticipate, however, having Nico Pate back to full strength for the conference opener.

“Nico is a stud, a captain and a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball,” said Plack. “Hopefully, he is back to full-time. We also hope to have Sam back soon. He’s week to week.”

Despite their 0-3 start, the Falcons are a concern for the Indians, who are still adjusting to a relatively new line-up. They were a senior-laden team last season and reached the WPIAL Class 5A final for the second year in a row.

“They do some things very well,” Plack said of Connellsville. “In order to win, we need to take care of the little things, ball security, limit pre-snap penalties and play as a team.”

Lebo three-year starter Joey Daniels led the attack against PT. He completed 7 of 13 passes for 172 yards with a 17-yard scoring strike to Jack Smith, and 32-yard touchdown passes to Michael Beiersdorf and Eli Heidenreich.

Daniels also rushed for a one-yard touchdown.

“Joey’s a student of the game and a tremendous leader,” said Lebo head coach Bob Palko. “We’re just lucky to have him.

“We have high expectations for him, and he’s learning to really get control of our offense. That’s a good thing for us.”

After opening the season with three straight wins against South Hills rivals, the Blue Devils opened Class 6A Quad County Conference action against Canon-McMillan Sept. 17. Lebo visits Hempfield at 7 p.m. Sept. 24.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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