A whole lot of love for the big man this week, as Juniata lineman Lane Peiper was voted 4th Down Magazine Mid-Penn Conference Player of the Week following his team’s 21-7 PIAA Class 4A first-round victory.
The junior was a menace for a defense that held Meadville to just 137 yards, all on the ground, on 44 plays. He recorded a team-high 11 tackles (seven solo), three tackles for loss and two sacks, which accounted for half the amount Juniata had.
Peiper now has 123 tackles, 14 TFLs and nine sacks this season.
Juniata fans came out strong to win a neck-and-neck race with Cumberland Valley senior receiver Caiden Pines, giving Peiper 8,255 votes to Pines’ 7,751. There were 16,449 total votes cast this week.
Peiper and Juniata’s (8-5) season continues against Selinsgrove in the state quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m.