Brumbaugh caps varsity career with close to 3,500 passing yards
Seton-La Salle's varsity football team has compiled an 18-4 overall record in the past two seasons, and has advanced to the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal round in both years.
An instrumental player in the Rebels' recent success was senior Luke Brumbaugh, who ranked among the WPIAL's leading passers both seasons.
Brumbaugh, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback, threw for 3,451 yards and 36 touchdowns in his stellar varsity career.
He completed 111 of 204 passes for 1,795 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2012, and 98 of 188 passes for 1,484 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2011.
“We had a lot of players play well for us this season,” Greg Perry, Seton-La Salle's head coach, said. “Luke Brumbaugh and Scott Orndoff had their good years again, which was not a surprise.”
Seton-La Salle ended up with a 9-2 overall record this season, finishing second behind rival South Fayette in the Century Conference.
The Rebels zipped past Greensburg Central Catholic, 28-10, in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs, before falling to Washington in the quarterfinal round, 33-17.
“We like to win championships and didn't get one this season,” Perry said, “so we have to get back to work and try to get things going toward our goal — which is at least a conference championship.
The local squad outscored the opposition by a 306-78 difference in the regular season, and by a 351-121 margin on the year.
The Rebels averaged 31.9 ppg offensively and 11 ppg defensively, and started the year with consecutive shutouts against South Allegheny (35-0), McGuffey (42-0) and Keystone Oaks (45-0).
They added another shutout late in the season against Mohawk (35-0).
In total offense, Seton-LaSalle picked up 1,813 yards in the air and 1,690 yards on the ground.
“Nick Agliori, J.T. Colosimo and Dustin Miller were solid on our lines,” Perry said.
Agliori (6-3, 250), Colosimo (6-2, 260) and Miller (6-foot, 240) are seniors.
“Our seniors will be missed,” Perry said.
Lou Rotunda, a 5-11, 200-pound senior wideout, led the team's receiving corps with 48 catches for 910 yards and nine touchdowns.
Rotunda also was the Rebels' leading scorer with 11 touchdowns (66 points), as he also reached the end zone on a 31-yard interception return and a 19-yard fumble recovery.
Three other leading receivers for the Rebels were 6-5, 250-pound senior tight end Scott Orndoff (18 receptions, 313 yards, 6 touchdowns), 5-10, 170-pound junior running back Tom Rizza (16-203) and 6-foot, 175-pound senior wideout Tyler Slagle (13-138, 2).
“Lou Rotunda was our leading receiver, and Tyler Slagle was solid there also,” Perry said.
Rounding out the team's host of pass-catchers this season were sophomore Dequay Broadwater (5 receptions, 91 yards, 1 touchdown), senior Tim Blair (5-79), junior Dom DelGreco (3-27), sophomore Rick Mellick (2-34, 1), senior Nick Sywyj (2-8), junior Kevin Curran and senior Mike Reinmund.
Two Seton-La Salle players combined for more than half the team's total rushing yardage, as Rizza ran for 550 yards and scored five times on 102 carries, and Sywyj rushed for 330 yards and scored six times on 48 attempts.
“Nick Sywyj was our leader on both sides of the ball,” Perry said. “We had great leadership and solid play from Nick; he will be missed a lot.”
Mellick chipped in with 291 yards and five TDs on 46 carries, while Broadwater and junior Brandon Aiello netted more than 100 yards apiece on the ground.
Next in line in scoring, behind Rotunda, were the likes of Orndoff (42 points), DelGreco (39), Sywyj (38), Rizza (38), Mellick (36), Brumbaugh (32) and Broadwater (24).
DelGreco accounted for 39 point-after touchdown kicks and one field goal.
Rounding out the Rebels' scoring were Slagle, with two touchdowns, and sophomore Jacob Blahut, Aiello, junior Gino Diperna and junior James Ross, who registered one touchdown apiece.
“(The 2012 season) brought with it more injuries than any year I have been at Seton,” Perry said. “We lost Tim Blair early on. Rob Beck, a returning two-way starter, missed half the season. And Nick Agliori played hurt towards the end.
“We are looking for big things next year from Tom Rizza. He will be counted on for a leadership role. Dequay Broadwater, Rick Mellick, Jacob Blahut and Tyler Perrone will have big roles, along with Dom DelGreco.”
Nine Seton-La Salle players intercepted passes this season, led by Sywyj's three interceptions, Matt Reinmund's two and Rizza's two.
Rotunda, senior Matt McGervey, Ross, Brumbaugh, Broadwater and Orndoff also picked off passes.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.