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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Seton-La Salle quarterback Luke Brumbaugh.
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Coach: Greg Perry

2011 record: 11-1, 7-0

Date Opponent Time

8.31 at South Allegheny* 7:30

9.7 at McGuffey* 7:30

9.14 Keystone Oaks* 7

9.21 at Steel Valley* 7

9.28 South Fayette* 7

10.6 at Burgettstown* 2

10.12 Quaker Valley* 7

10.19 at Mohawk  7

10.26 South Park* 7

*conference game

Statistical leaders

Passing Luke Brumbaugh

99-188, 1,484 yards, 14 TDs

Rushing Kevin Hart *

232-1,777 yards, 29 TDs

Receiving Dylan Boccella*

29-401 yards, 3 TDs

*Graduated

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Seton-La Salle has a reputation for running a potent offense thanks to a quarterback zinging the ball to receivers.

This season, the pieces are in place for the Rebels to again run that type of system, but with a twist as a tight end — 6-foot-5, 240-pound Pitt recruit Scott Orndoff — looks to be the go-to target.

“We have a big tight end, and that's something we have to utilize on offense,” said Greg Perry, the Rebels' eighth-year coach. “We have to get the ball into his hands ... He can get in space and create problems.”

Specifically, Orndoff, who caught 20 passes as a wide receiver last year, will create matchup problems for opposing defenses at his new position.

“Obviously, everybody knows the tight end can be the quarterback's best friend when he's in trouble,” Perry said.

Overall, Seton-La Salle has six returning starters on each side of the ball from a team that went 11-1 and advanced to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals last season.

At quarterback will be senior Luke Brumbaugh, who threw for 1,484 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2011.

His experience and precision will make the Rebels an aerial threat.

In addition to Orndoff, Brumbaugh's primary targets will include senior wide receivers Lou Rotunda and Tim Blair.

Junior Tom Rizza will be the feature back, replacing standout Kevin Hart.

“They will be the guys we will get the ball to,” Perry said.

J.T. Colosimo, Nick Agliori and Rob Beck return on the offensive line.

Senior captain Nick Sywyj, a three-year starter at inside linebacker, will lead the defense. Sywyj will be joined by Beck at linebacker, while Agliori and Colosimo will line up on the defensive line. Cornerbacks Rizza and Blair return as starters.

Steel Valley and South Fayette stand in the way, but Perry believes a Century Conference title is possible.

“Our first goal is to try to make the playoffs,” Perry said. “We'll take care of our own business and see what happens after that.”

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