Brett Zanotto's three TDs help Franklin Regional rally for win
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Franklin Regional junior Brett Zanotto didn't have fond memories of Offutt Field before Friday's WPIAL Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference against Greensburg Salem. He does now.
Zanotto's 2012 season ended there with an ankle injury. But a three-touchdown performance erased those bad memories.
No. 8 Franklin Regional (3-1, 3-1) rallied from a third-quarter deficit to defeat Greensburg Salem, 42-20, and Zanotto played a big role.
“It was a crazy game,” Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta said. “I knew it would be a dogfight. We're not playing well. Because of injuries we started four sophomores.”
One of the biggest losses was tackle Adam Mihoci, who is out with a knee injury.
“What I liked is when they scored, we scored,” Botta said. “Last week against Highlands, we deflated when we got behind.”
Zanotto, quarterback Charan Singh and running back Paul Emanuele combined to rush for 290 yards against Greensburg Salem, which dropped its third consecutive game.
“I just wanted to come out and put up some big numbers, and I was able to do that,” said Zanotto. “It took some time to stop them. We had to make few adjustments, and eventually we were able to hold them.”
Singh rushed for 103 yards, and his 44-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter gave Franklin Regional the lead for good, 21-20. Emanuele rushed for 101 yards, and Zanotto tacked on 86 yards on only six carries.
Zanotto, who scored twice in the first half, added a 33-yard score in the fourth quarter to extend the Franklin Regional lead to 28-20.
Greensburg Salem hurt itself by committing three turnovers in the fourth quarter. Zanotto's third touchdown of the game came after Nate Fleck recovered a Lenny Grebeck fumble.
Colin Jonov and Kent Thomas intercepted Brady Mason passes in the fourth quarter, with Thomas returning his 6 yards for the final score.
Mason, a junior, played well in his first start of the season. He completed 10 of 17 passes for 164 yards. Simeon Stevens caught five passes for 122 yards, and Grebeck rushed for 123 yards on 19 carries.
“The biggest thing about this game is we made a couple plays,” Greensburg Salem coach Dave Keefer said. “We made plays in the first half, and we came out and played well in the third quarter, and then we just missed on two or three plays. The fourth quarter got away from us, and we lost focus.”
After Zanotto scored on a 9-yard run in the first quarter, Greensburg Salem grabbed a 13-7 lead on Grebeck's 13-yard score and Marvin Barclay's 17-yard touchdown pass from Mason.
Zanotto scored on a 6-yard run to give Franklin Regional a 14-13 lead at halftime.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- South Fayette football team distributes Steelers tickets to Carlynton, Wilkinsburg
- 2014 Valley News Dispatch football all-stars
- High school notebook: WPIAL adjusts to accommodate Armstrong merger
- Through the years: Bell-Avon rings out in program’s finale
- Close loss in title game cannot diminish Clairton’s ‘great season’