McKinley's record-setting night leads Greensburg Salem over Derry
Greensburg Salem running back Dom McKinley forced his team to edit the record books Friday night.
McKinley rushed for a school-record 336 yards on 24 carries in a 56-6 win over Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference opponent Derry (0-8, 0-7).
The previous record of 316 yards was set by Matt Adams in 2008.
“Breaking the record wasn't even in my mindset,” McKinley said. “I was just worried about getting a win for my team.
“Anything can happen. It's football.”
McKinley ran for five touchdowns but secured the win on his first two carries, scoring on runs of 61 and 41 yards. His other scores went for 86 and 1 yard in the second quarter and 17 yards in the third quarter.
“I found out with about two minutes left in the game,” McKinley said. “I don't want to take any glory for myself. I owe my offensive line everything. It all started with them and they finished it.”
It was clear from the start that it could be a special day for McKinley. He finished the first quarter with 133 yards and had 265 before halftime.
McKinley's 336 yards rushing were more than half of his season total (652) coming into the game.
“Dom's worked his tail off all year and he deserved what he got tonight,” Greensburg Salem coach Dave Keefer said. “It was a special night for him and it was a special night for our team.”
Despite committing 11 penalties, Greensburg Salem punished the Trojans for 511 total yards. Quarterbacks Brady Mason and Adam Indof and running back Connor Forkey each added a rushing TD.
The Golden Lions were dominant on the defensive side of the ball as well, holding Derry to just 129 total yards.
The Trojans' only score came in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard run by quarterback Kyle Holmes.
“Our kids executed,” said Keefer. “That's what it comes down to.”
Gary Horvath is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.