South Fayette races past Seton-La Salle
Brett Brumbaugh could tell.
With the razor-sharp practices the South Fayette football team had this week, the Lions' junior quarterback figured Friday night's Class AA Century Conference showdown with Seton-La Salle ought to be fun.
As usual, Brumbaugh was on the mark.
Brumbaugh threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns, Justin Watson had his biggest game of the season and South Fayette's defense was stifling during a 45-3 win for the second-ranked Lions.
“This week we've had the best three practices we've had our entire careers,” said Brumbaugh, who completed 20 of 26 passes. “We just came out focused on another level.”
This was supposed to be the week in which South Fayette, which had crushed its previous four opponents by an average of 47 points, finally was challenged.
But the Lions used a first-quarter interception and early blitzes to coast to another easy win.
“They've been scoring points all year long,” Rebels coach Greg Perry said. “They played a good defensive game; they got a lot of pressure on us with some blitzes that we haven't seen before. They're a good team.”
Two of Brumbaugh's touchdown passes went to Watson, a Penn recruit who had seven catches for 157 yards. Logan Sharp caught the other score and finished with 35 receiving yards.
Grant Fetchet ran for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns for South Fayette (5-0, 5-0), which triggered the mercy rule by halftime.
Kicker Brian Coyne converted all six of his extra-point attempts and booted a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
“Our defense makes stops. We get back on the field. We score,” Brumbaugh said. “You can't be any happier. They get down, and they're not even thinking about coming back. There's nothing better than that.”
South Fayette scored on six of its first seven possessions, including its first two offensive plays: a 5-yard J.J. Walker run and an 80-yard pass from Brumbaugh to Watson.
After a 32-yard field goal from Seton-La Salle's Dom DelGreco, Brumbaugh fired two more touchdown passes.
“We always have close games (with Seton-La Salle),” Watson said. “Couple plays just here and there, but once it got out of hand, the tables just turned.”
Fetchet had a 12-yard score and followed it up with a touchdown from 16 yards with less than two minutes left before halftime.
The Lions held Seton-La Salle to 56 yards in the first half, only 4 of them coming on the ground. South Fayette had 370 yards by halftime.
Linebacker Zach Walker had two sacks and one interception. Defensive lineman Ben Berkovitz had two sacks, and J.J. Walker intercepted Tyler Perone a second time.
The strong start was reminiscent of 2012, when South Fayette built a 21-0 lead and cruised to a 51-12 win.
“We knew they would try to jump on us — a reversal of last year — so fortunately we got the (Zach Walker) interception,” South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. “We were able to play good defense and go from there.”