PITTSBURGH, PA — Upper St. Clair got its revenge.
The Upper St. Clair Panthers forced two fumbles in the final four minutes of the game to hold on for a 16-10 win over the Woodland Hills Wolverines on Friday night in front of over 6,000 fans at the Wolvarena. The game was part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.
Upper St. Clair beat Woodland Hills 31-12 in the season-opener in 2012 before losing to Woodland Hills 42-20 in the WPIAL AAAA semifinals. Woodland Hills, which is considered one of the best teams in the state, went to the title game for the third time in four years.
But the Panthers came out on top this night, scoring 16 straight points to take the lead for good. The defense then kept the Wolverines from getting the go-ahead score, including pouncing on a bad snap with 24 seconds to go. Senior Mac Hope, who recovered the fumble, was named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player. He also had a sack and ran in for a TD.
Woodland Hills took an early 7-0 lead after sophomore Miles Sanders’ 34-yard run led to a 5-yard TD run. But a 1-yard TD run by Hope tied it and a safety pushed the lead to 9-7. Senior end Rori Blair, a Pitt recruit who missed last season because of a stroke, blocked a punt that eventually went into the back of the end zone. Junior quarterback Joe Repischak then had a 24-yard TD run on a draw play.
Sanders had 101 yards and a TD for Woodland Hills.
Upper St. Clair (1-0) is at Canon McMillan next Friday night, while Woodland Hills (0-1) is at McKeesport on Saturday.
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- Woodland Hills vs. Upper St. Clair (8-30-2013)