Shady Side Academy runs past Deer Lakes
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Deer Lakes coach T.J. Wiley knows it is essential to have short-term memory when playing football.
And that's what he and his team will need after falling to Shady Side Academy, 63-0, on Friday night in a Class AA Allegheny Conference game at Michael J. Farrell Stadium.
Shady Side Academy (2-0, 2-0), ranked No. 6 by Trib Total Media in Class AA, totaled 371 yards, with 323 coming via a punishing rushing attack. The Lancers (0-2, 0-2) managed just 51 yards of total offense.
In his second game as coach, Wiley didn't put any of the blame on his team.
“It's completely my fault, I'll take the blame,” Wiley said. “It's not my kids' fault. I didn't have the kids ready to go. We just got beat top to bottom. There's no way around it. I'll have to get the kids better prepared. We will have to work harder and do a better job.”
Things started off sour for Deer Lakes and didn't get any better in the second half.
Down 49-0, Deer Lakes turned the ball over on downs at its own 47-yard line. Shady Side Academy needed only one play to score, as sophomore Eric Harris ran in untouched from 47 yards out to make it 56-0.
Harris added another touchdown late in the fourth quarter, this time from 2 yards out, to make it 63-0. He finished with nine carries for 112 yards and three touchdowns.
Shady Side had four different players reach pay dirt. Senior running back Jarred Brevard started the scoring with a 52-yard touchdown run.
Senior running back Dennis Briggs added two scoring runs, while junior wideout Lewis Berry scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Charles Calabrese. Berry also scored on a 62-yard run.
“We had watched them on film and we thought they did some things we could exploit,” said Shady Side coach Dave Havern, whose team will take on Valley (2-0, 2-0) in a first-place clash next Friday. “We like to run the football around here, and we did a pretty good job.”
Senior quarterback Josh Plocki passed for 30 yards and ran for 27 for the Lancers.
“We set some goals when I got the job,” Wiley said. “Every goal that we have set as a team is still reachable. That's what we are going to hang our hats on.”
D.J. Vasil is a freelance writer.
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