Quakers put together near complete effort in win over Seton-La Salle
By Nathan Smith
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Quaker Valley football coach John Tortorea said his team has yet to play a complete game.
But the Quakers' 40-14 win over Seton-La Salle last week was pretty close.
“We went to the next level on all three phases of the game,” Tortorea said. “It was as close to a complete game as we have played. Our young men were extremely focused. It was impressive.”
In what was expected to be a tough battle between two one-loss teams, the score was lopsided by halftime. Tre'won Marshall got the scoring under way in the first quarter on a 9-yard run while Jake Trovato scored on a 54-yard run.
Marshall scored his second touchdown of the night off a blocked punt early in the second quarter. Dane Jackson finished the first-half scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run to put Quaker Valley (6-1, 6-1) up 27-0 at the break.
Aaron Cunningham added a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and backup quarterback Amos Luptak connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass to John Bernard in the fourth to keep the Rebels at bay.
“Our formula on offense is if you stop one guy, we have four or five other guys who can hurt you,” Tortorea said.
The Quaker Valley defense flexed its muscle in the win. The Quakers held the Rebels (5-2, 5-2) 16 points under their season average and — outside of the 49-15 loss to South Fayette in Week 6 — have held three of its last four opponents to two touchdowns or less.
“Our line has done a great job all season,” Tortorea said. “It is all starting to click. Our linebackers are going and doing the extra little things we like to see. And our secondary learned a lot about themselves in that South Fayette game and they were able to transition that into the game against Seton-La Salle.”
Up next: Burgettstown
The Blue Devils don't have a lot going for them. Burgettstown (0-7, 0-6) is winless, surrendering 48 points per game and is averaging only six points per contest.
But Tortorea will not let his team overlook the last place team in the Class AA Century Conference.
“Two years ago we went down there on a Saturday, and they beat us 14-7,” Tortorea said. “That kept us out of the playoffs. They have a lot of pride at Burgettstown. We cannot go in looking at their record and not expect them to play hard.”
The Blue Devils offense is led by running backs Stephen Kotouch and Jacob McKee, who have combined for more than 300 yards and two touchdowns.
The game has some added importance to it. If Quaker Valley can pull out the win, it will clinch its first home playoff game in school history. If the Quakers happen to get upset, South Park can grab the spot with wins over Seton-La Salle and South Fayette in the final two weeks.
“We have some extra motivation,” Tortorea said. “There hasn't been a home playoff game in school history. That's 57 years.”
Kickoff against Burgettstown is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hill Memorial Stadium.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.
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