South Fayette rolls over Steel Valley
By Keith Barnes
Published: Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, 10:14 p.m.
Brett Brumbaugh isn't about to say he's the best of the three quarterbacking Brumbaugh siblings.
If he keeps posting the numbers he has in the first three weeks of the season, others may say it for him.
Facing an undefeated Steel Valley team that traditionally plays the Lions tough, the sophomore dissected the Ironmen, completing 10 of 15 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone, as Class AA No. 4 South Fayette rolled to a 50-0 victory over its Century Conference rival Friday night.
Brumbaugh, making his sixth varsity start, threw only one pass in the second half and finished 11 of 16 for 175 yards. He also scored on a 1-yard sneak in the fourth quarter.
Brumbaugh has thrown 11 touchdowns and has helped South Fayette (3-0, 3-0) outscore its opponents, 145-6.
“I would have to go with the oldest (Christian, a 2011 South Fayette alumnus) because he's got all the yardage, he's got all the stats, and he's got the WPIAL championship,” Brumbaugh said of his brother when asked how the siblings stack up. “With the talented receiving corps we have, I just have to throw it up and let them make a play, and they get the yardage, and they get the credit. And the offensive line is stellar. I don't think I've been sacked all year.”
South Fayette receiver Conner Beck caught four passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, while senior Zach Challingsworth, a Pitt recruit, caught three for 46 yards and two scores.
Instead of relying solely on its spread passing game, South Fayette ran the ball effectively against Steel Valley — 34 times for 174 yards, led by Grant Fetchet's 20 carries for 96 yards.
“We got a lot of kids, and it's hard to focus just on Challingsworth,” South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. “The offensive line was just the key with the pass protection and giving them some time. It's all up front, and the guys are doing well. Since we only have one guy going two ways, we can speed it up a bit.”
Steel Valley, which had scored 76 points in its first two games, was shut down by a staunch South Fayette defense that forced three-and-outs on the first four possessions. Quarterback Patrick O'Malley, coming off a 200-yard performance last week at Burgettstown, was held to 5 of 15 passing for 33 yards and three interceptions. He was sacked twice.
Without O'Malley providing a viable complement to the running game, the South Fayette defense was able to stack eight in the box and concentrate its efforts in stopping running back D'Andre Pickens, who was held to 33 yards on 15 carries. Steel Valley's starters were held to 62 yards of offense in three-plus quarters and gained only 1 yard in the second half.
“It seemed like every time we'd get something going, we would take two steps back because we'd shoot ourselves in the foot,” Steel Valley coach Rod Steele said. “We really didn't get after it, and that's disappointing.”
Keith Barnes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-664-9161 Ext. 1977.
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