South Fayette runs over Steel Valley
Steel Valley coach Rodney Steele might want to inquire about moving the game with Century Conference foe South Fayette to later in the season.
Playing it in Week 3 isn't working for the Ironmen.
For the fourth straight year, Steel Valley started 2-0 by blowing out their first two opponents only to have South Fayette ruin their party.
Grant Fetchet rushed for 147 yards and touchdown runs of 24, 1 and 48 yards, and J.J. Walker added three more rushing touchdowns as South Fayette relied on its ground game instead of the right arm of Brett Brumbaugh in a 42-7 victory.
It was the sixth straight year the Lions defeated Steel Valley and the sixth straight year a Brumbaugh quarterbacked that victory. Brett's brother, Christian, beat the Ironmen three times.
“That's a very good team over there,” Steele said. “But we hung right with them. The score is not an indication of this game. Our defense played well.”
Steel Valley (2-1, 2-1) couldn't muster offense to hang with South Fayette (3-0, 3-0), especially after speedy running back D'Andre Pickens sprained his ankle on the third play of the game after ripping off a 59-yard run.
Pickens, who entered the game second in the WPIAL with 517 yards rushing, played one more series but was held to 12 yards on five carries before getting shut down.
“We understand that it's part of the game, (but) when you have a stud like that, you can see what he is capable of doing,” Steele said. “When he carries, lighting strikes. Right after that, the thunder hit, and here we go.”
Steel Valley managed 20 yards of offense without Pickens until DeWayne Murray broke off a 72-yard touchdown run late in a 42-0 game.
“That is equivalent of us losing Brumbaugh,” South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. “The game is going to change.”
With Pickens out, South Fayette forced the Ironmen to throw.
Enter South Fayette's defense. The Lions sacked Connor Stevens four times and picked him off once.
“They didn't throw the ball the first two games because they didn't have to, so we wanted to force them into throwing the ball,” Rossi said.
South Fayette got two short Walker touchdown runs in the first half to lead 14-0 at halftime.
“They played a defensive scheme that they haven't played all year, and we kind of figured it out at halftime,” Rossi said.
Fetchet broke a 25-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the second half, then later scored from 1 yard out to make it 28-0.