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WPIAL Class AA semifinals preview: South Fayette vs. Beaver Falls

Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh looks to pass against Seton-La Salle during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Peters Township High School.

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South Fayette

RB, Sr.

5-foot-11, 160 pounds

The Lions' starting halfback, Fetchet leads the team with 1,048 yards and 17 TDs on 112 carries. Fetchet scored twice and rushed for 104 yards in the Lions' 49-0 win over Greensburg C.C. in the first round, but was held under 100 yards and kept out of the end zone in a 31-7 win over Seton-La Salle in the quarterfinals.

how they got here

SF: Beat No. 15 GCC, 49-0, in the first round; beat No. 10 Seton-La Salle, 31-7, in the quarterfinals.

BF: Beat No. 11 Summit Academy, 50-26, in the first round; beat No. 14 Yough, 43-7, in quarterfinals.

statistical leaders

SF: Passing: Brett Brumbaugh, 155-240-2,512, 29 TDs; Rushing: Grant Fetchet, 112-1,048, 17 TDs; Receiving: Justin Watson, 44-1,066, 15 TDs.

BF: Passing: Dan Stratton, 73-117, 1,458, 17 TDs; Rushing: Damian Rawl, 132, 1,096, 13 TDs; Receiving: Sage Curry, 14-432, 5 TDs.

by the numbers

BF: All-time: 619-394-52

Playoff appearances: 14

Last title: 1984

SF: All-time: 417-367-39

Playoff appearances: 18

Last title: 2010

Prediction South Fayette, 35-28.

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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 10:09 p.m.

class AA Semifinals

No. 2 South Fayette (11-0) vs. No. 6 Beaver Falls (9-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Montour

Century Conference champion South Fayette had the most explosive offense and stingiest defense in Class AA, but its 31-7 win over Seton-La Salle in the quarterfinals worried some in the program.

“Come playoff time, not every game's going to be a blowout,” South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh said. “We know that.

“We needed a game like that to show that we can play in a game that comes down to the wire.”

The Lions will see their toughest test of the year Friday when they meet Midwestern Conference runner-up Beaver Falls — a team that fell just shy of 500 total points.

Beaver Falls coach Ryan Matsook said his squad will embrace the challenge of attempting to knock off one of the top teams in Class AA and its star QB, Brumbaugh.

South Fayette's previous dominance against MAC competition is something Matsook is familiar with and not backing down from.

“We've got our work cut out for us,” Matsock said. “We haven't proven that we can beat them, and certainly they should be the favorite in it.”

South Fayette averaged 48 points per game while allowing 4.8. Beaver Falls averaged 41.4 points per game while allowing 18.

For the Lions, this is a game they've been waiting to play since last season. South Fayette lost in the semifinals, 26-14, to Washington last year.

For Brumbaugh, he wants a shot to play at Heinz Field with a WPIAL title up for grabs.

“We came up a game short last year,” said Brumbaugh, who threw for a WPIAL-record 463 yards last week. “We don't want to experience the same ending this year.”

— Brian Graham

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