Seton-La Salle football team slated to play home opener at Baldwin Stadium
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Seton-La Salle will kick off its 2013 football season Saturday at “home” against Century Conference foe South Allegheny.
The game will be held at Baldwin Stadium and will start at 1 p.m.
“South Allegheny looks to have some pretty good skill players. The quarterback and tailback both can hurt you with their athleticism,” Greg Perry, Seton-La Salle's head coach, said. “We look to battle them and try to contain their speed.”
South Allegheny advanced to the playoffs in 2012 for the first time in 26 years.
After a season-opening loss to Seton-La Salle, the Gladiators went on a seven-game winning streak to catapult into the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.
“What those kids did last year was special,” Pat Monroe, South Allegheny's head coach, said. “But now new people get a turn, and they've all been in this program for awhile now. I feel good about them and about where we're going.
“Getting back to the playoffs is certainly a realistic goal, and I feel like the talent is in place to make that happen. There are a lot of gifted athletes on this football team, a lot of kids who can grow and be very good. As a staff, our job is to mature that talent as quickly as possible.”
The Gladiators are led by senior quarterback Ty Cook, junior running back DaVonte Johnson and senior tight end Kordell Thompson. There also are three starters back on their offensive line — senior Mark Tortice and juniors Zack Young and Seth Hitchens.
“Being the first game, we don't know a whole lot about them,” Perry said. “They dominated Carrick and Vincentian in their scrimmages.”
South Allegheny's only two regular-season defeats last year were to Century Conference powerhouses Seton-La Salle and South Fayette.
Seton-La Salle started off the 2012 season with three consecutive shutouts, including a 35-0 win against the Gladiators in the season opener.
The Rebels played in their second preseason scrimmage last week at Montour.
“We held our own,” Perry said.
The passing-receiving combination of junior quarterback Tyler Perone and junior wide receiver Danzel McKinley-Lewis stood out for the Rebels.
“Danzel was a big weapon on offense catching at least five balls. Tyler was very accurate and has been very good in both scrimmages,” Perry said.
“Mike Kalnas, our leader on both lines, was solid. Dom DelGreco also has had a good (preseason) camp.”
Kalnas is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior who anchors both the offensive and defensive lines for the Rebels.
DelGreco, a senior starter at wide receiver and defensive back, was a Tribune-Review high school preseason all-star selection at the kicker/punter positions.
Seton-La Salle has defeated South Allegheny by scores of 35-0, 38-14 and 41-14 the past three years.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or email@example.com.
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