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Springdale RB Dugan surpasses 4,000 career yards in win

Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Springdale's Sean Dugan runs behind center Hunter Steihler against Riverview during the first half Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Veterans Field in Springdale.

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By George Guido
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, 11:52 p.m.

The Springdale football program has had a lot of big nights in the past 11 seasons — and Friday represented yet another memorable night.

The Dynamos' 28-6 victory over Riverview secured second place in the Eastern Conference and home-field advantage for the first round of the WPIAL Class A playoffs next Friday night.

Also, senior running back Sean Dugan became the third player in 114 years of Alle-Kiski Valley high school football to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark in career rushing.

Dugan collected 233 yards on 25 carries for a career total of 4,161 yards. He also became the school's all-time rusher for a single season with 1,636 yards, bettering the mark of 1,488 set by Wayne Mundekis in 2005.

Springdale (6-3, 6-2) finished in a second-place tie with Apollo-Ridge in the conference. But the Dynamos defeated the Vikings and will be considered the second-place team for seeding purposes.

Avonworth finished fourth in the conference with a 25-24 victory over Northgate. The Flames were 5-0 three weeks ago but will miss the playoffs with a three-game losing streak to end the regular season.

Dugan reached the 4,000-yard barrier in style, racing 52 yards for a touchdown with 4:11 to go in the first quarter.

“It's an absolutely incredible feeling,” Dugan said. “But I wouldn't have been able to do any of this without the teammates and the offensive linemen I've had over the last four years. I think it's an accomplishment for the coaching staff and the whole team.”

“Put it this way, whenever you're in a jam and you don't know what to call, give it to (Dugan),” Springdale coach Dave Leasure said. “He can make any coach look smart. He's unbelievable.”

Dugan tallied three touchdowns on the night, giving him 19 on the season.

After his 52-yard run in the first quarter, Dugan scored from 6 yards with 3:45 left in the half.

The Dynamos added another touchdown after taking the third-quarter kickoff.

A 27-yard pass from Jake Helman to sophomore Adam Lock set up Dugan's 15-yard TD run.

Kyle Rodgers scored the final Springdale touchdown on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal.

One bright spot for Riverview (2-7, 2-6) was the play of Tim Wagner, whose 80-yard run along the sideline was the only Raiders touchdown.

One sour note for Springdale was a leg injury to junior lineman Tyler Igo. Tackles James Murray, Robbie Korzon and Cody Newcamp were already sidelined before Friday.

“This has been an unbelievable year; these kids have overcome so much adversity,” Leasure said. “We lost another lineman tonight, but we just keep finding a way to make things happen.”

“Anybody that's on the Springdale football team is always ready to step up,” Dugan said. “They did a great job, and they'll continue to do a great job.“

Springdale will await the WPIAL pairings announcement Monday night. This will be Springdale's 11th straight trip to the WPIAL playoffs.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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