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South Fayette runs over Steel Valley

Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - South Fayette running back Grant Fetchet leaps over Steel Valley defenders on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr.  |  For the Daily News</em></div>South Fayette running back Grant Fetchet leaps over Steel Valley defenders on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - Steel Valley running back D'Andre Pickens stiff-arms South Fayette's Conner Beck on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr.  |  For the Daily News</em></div>Steel Valley running back D'Andre Pickens stiff-arms South Fayette's Conner Beck on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - Steel Valley quarterback Connor Stevens makes the handoff to running back DeWayne Murray on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr.  |  For the Daily News</em></div>Steel Valley quarterback Connor Stevens makes the handoff to running back DeWayne Murray on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - South Fayette linebacker Ryan Schmider intercepts a Steel Valley pass during the third quarter on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr. |  For the Daily News</em></div>South Fayette linebacker Ryan Schmider intercepts a Steel Valley pass during the third quarter on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - South Fayette's J.J. Walker rumbles through Steel Valley's defense on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr.  |  For the Daily News</em></div>South Fayette's J.J. Walker rumbles through Steel Valley's defense on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh throws downfield against Steel Valley on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr.  |  For the Daily News</em></div>South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh throws downfield against Steel Valley on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - South Fayette wide receiver Justin Watson is upended by Steel Valley's D'Andre Pickens during a pass play on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr.  |  For the Daily News</em></div>South Fayette wide receiver Justin Watson is upended by Steel Valley's D'Andre Pickens during a pass play on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - South Fayette running back Grant Fetchet is confronted by Steel Valley's Derlan Smith on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Steel Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr.  |  For the Daily News</em></div>South Fayette running back Grant Fetchet is confronted by Steel Valley's Derlan Smith on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Steel Valley.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - South Fayette running back Grant Fetchet attempts to outmaneuver Steel Valley's DeWayne Murray on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr.  |  For the Daily News</em></div>South Fayette running back Grant Fetchet attempts to outmaneuver Steel Valley's DeWayne Murray on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - Steel Valley running back D'Andre Pickens makes his way through the South Fayette defense on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr.  |  For the Daily News</em></div>Steel Valley running back D'Andre Pickens makes his way through the South Fayette defense on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - South Fayette running back Grant Fetchet is brought down by Steel Valley's defenders on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr. |  For the Daily News</em></div>South Fayette running back Grant Fetchet is brought down by Steel Valley's defenders on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Steel Valley.

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Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 11:03 p.m.
 

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.

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at mkaboly@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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