Burrell outlasts winless Lancers
TribLIVE Sports Videos
There was plenty of offense to go around as Burrell defeated Deer Lakes, 49-32, in the Class AA Allegheny Conference finale for both teams Friday night at Lancers Stadium.
In a game that featured 689 yards rushing, it was Burrell junior running back Ryan Sowol who stole the show, gaining 257 yards on 27 carries and scoring three touchdowns.
Burrell (4-5, 3-5) led at halftime 28-10, but an interception by senior quarterback Cody Wolfe on the opening drive to begin the second half gave Deer Lakes life. The Lancers capitalized as sophomore running back Hunter Burns sprinted 62 yards for the touchdown. The 2-point conversion was good, making the score 28-18. Burns finished with 21 carries for 166 and one touchdown.
After a 10-yard touchdown pass by Wolfe to senior receiver Nick Pattock, Deer Lakes again answered with a 47-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Josh Plocki. Deer Lakes clawed to within 11 thanks to the scores. Plocki rushed for 117 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Burrell, though, smothered any hope of a Deer Lakes comeback as Sowol scored his third touchdown on the night from 2 yards to open the scoring in the fourth.
“Ryan will tell you all that is possible through his line and all the other players around him,” Burrell coach Kevin Horwatt said. “Ryan's work ethic speaks for itself. But again, it's up to all these guys, all 11 on the field. You can just see the camaraderie they have right here. It's what made tonight possible.”
The loss completed a winless first season for Deer Lakes coach T.J. Wiley.
“Even though we're 0-9, I want to be here, and this is truly where I want to be and build here,” Wiley said. “We got a great group of young kids. Anybody that's followed us knows that we're loaded with young kids. My kids are already asking me when the weight room will be open. In the midst of this bad season, if you will, not one kid on my team has quit all year. These kids have battled all year and persevered and fought through, and that says so much about their character.”
D.J. Vasil is a freelance writer.
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.
- Football coach Loughran settles in at Fox Chapel
- Kiski Area to host Alle-Kiski Valley 7-on-7 Passing Competition and Big Man Challenge
- Franklin Regional’s passing attack on display at annual WCCA tournament
- Several Alle-Kiski football teams eye season at Heinz Field
- Norwin football uses WCCA 7-on-7 event to prepare for upcoming season
- PIAA takes steps to shorten football season 1 week
- Franklin Regional football makes good use of summer work
- Brentwood track coach returning to Mt. Lebanon sideline