But at Peters Township, the Indians are looking at Lightning and Lightning. The nickname might not be catchy, but if you’re winning football games, who cares?
Senior running back Mike Minjock is a burner and so, too, is his complement, junior Marcus Ubinger.
The only difference is that Ubinger is a little bit more of a shifty, east-west runner, while Minjock is straight ahead – just not the typical bruiser.
“Mike’s a sprinter,” Peters Township coach Rich Piccinini explained. “He’s probably one of the fastest guys in the conference. I tell our linemen, ‘If you guys can block for a couple yards, once he gets through, he’s hard to catch.’ ”
Sure was on Friday night. Minjock stole the show during Peters Township’s 40-12 home win over Baldwin, running 19 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns, scoring on runs of 58, 50, 15 and 39 yards.
Ubinger added a 39-yard touchdown run late and had another score called back.
“Marcus is a little bit more of a slippery runner,” Piccinini said. “Minjock is more of a straight ahead guy, but once he gets through the hole – he explodes through the hole – he’s hard to catch.”
Another cool anecdote about Peters Township’s running backs, who together are trying to replace Andrew Erenberg (Fordham): They’re coached by Rick Pavlisko, who was Piccinini’s high school coach at Keystone Oaks.
The Baldwin win could be a big one for Peters Township in the Class AAAA Southeastern Conference, as the Indians held Highlanders running back Dorian Brown – one of the WPIAL’s top backs – to 126 yards.
They also scored three times – all Minjock TDs – in the third quarter while turning a 13-6 halftime lead into a laugher.
“I didn’t expect to have that wide of margin, but the kids just plugged away,” Piccinini said. “This is going to go a long way for the program. I’m very impressed and happy with how we handled Baldwin, who I think is a pretty good team.”