Seton-La Salle routs South Allegheny
By Mark Kaboly
Published: Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, 11:02 p.m.
South Allegheny coach Pat Monroe summed up his team's 35-0 loss to Seton-La Salle quite succinctly.
“It wasn't a blowout, it was a handout,” Monroe said.
Boy was it ever.
South Allegheny turned the ball over five times, leading to 28 Seton-La Salle points, including defensive touchdowns from Jacob Blahut and Louis Rotunda, as the Rebels opened up their defense of the Century Conference title in style at packed Glassport Memorial Stadium.
“Sure, it looks bad in the newspaper, and actually, we couldn't care less,” Monroe said. “We know we have a good football team that plays hard. We played tough, we hit hard. If you are getting blown up, if you are getting run over that's one thing. We weren't.”
But the Gladiators just couldn't slow down a Rebels defense that held SA to 60 total yards — 30 of which came on a run by Ty Cook on the final play of the third quarter with the score already 28-0.
“Defense is a little bit ahead of the offense right now,” Seton-La Salle coach Greg Perry said. “Our offense will catch up.”
The Rebels' offense got surprisingly sporadic play from quarterback Luke Brumbaugh. Brumbaugh completed 6-of-16 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown passing and running, but was intercepted three times in the first half to keep SA around.
“They put pressure on our quarterback that made him have some errant throws, but when he had to make big throws, he made them,” Perry said. “It's OK, you don't want to be the best you can be in Week 1.”
Sophomore Rick Mellick rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown and Tim Blair caught four passes for 63 yards.
South Allegheny got 38 yards rushing from Dustin Anderson, but the first-year quarterback was intercepted four times — one in each quarter.
South Allegheny (0-1) started the game in impressive fashion by forcing Seton-La Salle (1-0) to a three-and-out.
It was short-lived.
Six plays into their initial drive of the season, Anderson's pass in the near flat was picked by Rotunda and returned 31 yards for a 7-0 Seton-La Salle lead.
SA responded after a disastrous next drive that saw them go backward 30 yards with a DaVonte Johnson interception that was returned 53 yards down to the 20-yard line.
In fact, if it wasn't for the Gladiators' defense, things could've gotten out of hand quickly in the opening half.
Johnson intercepted Brumbaugh moments after the Seton-La Salle quarterback made it 14-0 with a 1-yard sneak early in a second. Delvinn Coleman then picked Brumbaugh in the end zone two minutes later to kill another drive.
It appeared that the it was going to be 14-0 going into the half, but Anderson's middle screen with less than the minute to go was snagged by McGervey and returned to the 15-yard line. It took Brumbaugh two plays to connect with Rotunda in the corner of the end zone to make it 21-0 with 20 seconds left in the half.
“That one right there broke their back,” Perry said.
Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- South Fayette hope for better result than 2010 PIAA Class AA final
- Gateway football to join AAA ranks
- Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic dominates Clarion in PIAA semifinals
- Running game carries South Fayette past Hickory and into PIAA title game
- Central Catholic delivers crushing defensive performance to qualify for PIAA championship
- Friday’s PIAA semifinal football games postponed