After suffering 1st loss, Quaker Valley turns attention to Seton-La Salle
What was the driving force behind the Quaker Valley football team's 49-15 loss to South Fayette last week?
Was it the Lions' high octane offense or their stifling defense?
“South Fayette was South Fayette,” Quaker Valley coach John Tortorea said. “That was the problem. They are a very good football team. We knew they were going to come at us. They are an upper-level team. We saw where we stand, and we will get better from it.”
The Quakers were able to keep up in the first quarter and even forced a Lions punt — a rare occurrence especially in the first half. But things turned sour quickly as J.J. Walker scored on a 10-yard touchdown run 10 seconds into the second frame — the first of four second quarter scores.
Grant Fetchet scored on a 22-yard run and Brett Brumbaugh connected with Justin Watson on two touchdown passes as the Lions went into the break up 35-0.
The Quakers showed promise on two drives in the first half but both stalled after bad snaps that sent the offense backward. Both plays had quarterback Dane Jackson lined up outside of his normal spot at quarterback as the team searched for a spark.
“We tried a new formation,” Tortorea said. “We just couldn't execute. That unfortunately shot us in the foot. But that didn't lose it for us. South Fayette played almost perfect. They did a great job.”
Jackson ran for 96 yards on 11 carries but completed only four passes for 18 yards. Aaron Cunningham added 49 yards on the ground.
“We knew we had to stop (Jackson),” South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. “Outside of him, we knew their running backs are tough. They are good football players. They've run over everybody. We were excited about the challenge of having to stop them.”
The 15 points surrendered was the most given up by the Lions this season.
“We told the guys we are in the playoffs, and we will not see a better team than that in the first round,” Tortorea said. “This loss does not define us. We need to get better from it.”
The Quakers will need to forget the South Fayette game quickly as the Seton-La Salle Rebels come into Chuck Knox Stadium Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Seton-La Salle is coming off a 46-7 win over Burgettstown. The Rebels (5-1, 5-1) got it done on the ground and through the air as quarterback Tyler Perone threw for 136 yards and three touchdowns, while Danzel McKinley-Lewis, Tom Rizza and Brandon Aiello all scored rushing touchdowns.
Quaker Valley and Seton-La Salle have one major thing in common — their only losses were to South Fayette. The Rebels fell to the Lions, 45-3, in Week 5.
The game will have major implications on the postseason as the winning team will be in the driver's seat for a home playoff game in the WPIAL first round.
“We are going to throw this out of our system tonight,” Tortorea said after Friday night's game. “I told the guys we are probably not going to watch film on it. (South Fayette) is loaded and sometimes you don't match up well. Our focus is now on Seton-La Salle.”