Seton-La Salle advances as conference runner-up
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Seton-La Salle, which closed out its regular season as the Century Conference runner-up, will host Greensburg Central Catholic in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.
The game will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Chartiers Valley Stadium.
The 8-1 Rebels, who have qualified for the WPIAL playoffs in eight of the past nine years, are ranked No. 5 in Class AA in the Trib Total Media high school rankings. The local squad is the No. 6 seed in the Class AA playoffs.
“We are playing pretty well, but we lost Tim Blair for seven games and don't know if he is returning,” Greg Perry, Seton-La Salle's head coach, said. “Rob Beck has missed three weeks, but we may be getting him back. We are nicked up like; hopefully we can stay focused.”
Greensburg Central Catholic, the No. 11 seed in Class AA, finished in fourth place in the Interstate Conference behind Washington, Jeannette and Mt. Pleasant.
The Centurians saw their six-game winning streak end in their regular-season finale, a tough 7-6 loss to rival Jeannette.
“There were two great football teams on the field,” Matt Federico, GCC's co-head coach, said. “Unfortunately, we came up a little short. Our team showed a lot of heart; we struggled with some things.
“We turned things around in the second half, but Jeannette played 48 minutes. We have to do a better job getting the ball to our playmakers.”
Federico and Dan Mahoney were elevated to co-head coaches in early August following a swift move to replace longtime field boss Muzzy Colosimo.
Colosimo, who coached the Centurians for 17 years, compiled a 143-46 record following a 10-2 mark in 2011.
GCC, 6-3 overall, is a virtual one-man show this season thanks to the offensive exploits of Chase Keller, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior quarterback.
Keller has passed for 1,246 yards and 15 touchdowns, and also is the Centurians' leading rusher and has produced three touchdowns on the ground.
Junior Tyler Balla complements Keller in the rushing department, while seniors Zach Herman and Zach Guiser are the team's leading receivers.
Guiser, an Akron recruit, and Corey Marshall also are defensive catalysts.
Seton-La Salle's team leader on offense is 6-2, 190-pound senior quarterback Luke Brumbaugh, who has thrown for 1,545 yards and 17 touchdowns to rank with the WPIAL's leading passers.
The Rebels are averaging 34 points per game, and are allowing just 8.7 ppg.
Seton-La Salle's leading receiver is 5-11, 200-pound senior Lou Rotunda, who has 39 catches for 780 yards and eight scores, and is complemented by senior Tyler Slagle.
Scott Orndoff, a 6-5, 250-pound senior tight end, also has nabbed 16 receptions for 273 yards and five scores.
Junior Tom Rizza has emerged as a threat at running back, rushing for close to 300 yards in the past three games.
Rizza was in playoff form against South Park last week, rushing for 102 yards in a 19-7 win.
“We have Tom Rizza healthy, who missed three early games, so we really haven't had our starting 11 on the field together,” Perry said.
Rizza and senior Nick Sywyj provide a solid one-two punch on the ground for local squad, thanks in large part to the blocking antics of sophomore Jacob Blahut, at center; seniors Dustin Miller and Rob Beck, and junior Jake Parks, at the guard positions; and seniors Nick Agliori and J.T. Colosimo, at the tackle positions.
Sywyj, a 6-foot, 230-pound running back, has scored five times on short TD jaunts.
Other leading scorers for the Rebels are junior Dom DelGreco, with 32 PAT kicks; Brumbaugh, with four touchdowns; and sophomore Dequay Broadwater, who has reached the end zone on two runs, a 7-yard pass, and a 74-yard interception return.
Broadwater, Sywyj, sophomore Rick Mellick and either Beck or sophomore Adam Ottaviano make up the Rebels' starting linebacking corps, with support from Rizza, junior James Ross and DelGreco in the secondary.
The defensive line is fortified by Agliori, and junior Trey Imler on the inside; along with Orndoff and junior Mike Kalnas at the end positions.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or email@example.com.
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.
- HS highlight reel: Quite a weekend for Penn-Traffod’s Aunkst
- HS highlight reel: Hearings scheduled before WPIAL board
- High school notebook: Plenty to play for in GAC in Week 9
- Charleroi-Cal only 10th game in town
- Latrobe boys soccer team competes in WPIAL playoffs for 1st time in 22 years
- Charleroi’s Shannon Player of the Week
- No. 5 McKeesport pulls away from Norwin
- South Allegheny tops winless Carlynton in brawl-marred game
- Connellsville stays in playoff hunt with win over Kiski Area
- Springdale secures another playoff berth
- Clairton gets its revenge against Monessen