Seton-La Salle routs South Allegheny
South Allegheny coach Pat Monroe summed up his team's 35-0 loss to Seton-La Salle quite succinctly.
“It wasn't a blowout, it was a handout,” Monroe said.
Boy was it ever.
South Allegheny turned the ball over five times, leading to 28 Seton-La Salle points, including defensive touchdowns from Jacob Blahut and Louis Rotunda, as the Rebels opened up their defense of the Century Conference title in style at packed Glassport Memorial Stadium.
“Sure, it looks bad in the newspaper, and actually, we couldn't care less,” Monroe said. “We know we have a good football team that plays hard. We played tough, we hit hard. If you are getting blown up, if you are getting run over that's one thing. We weren't.”
But the Gladiators just couldn't slow down a Rebels defense that held SA to 60 total yards — 30 of which came on a run by Ty Cook on the final play of the third quarter with the score already 28-0.
“Defense is a little bit ahead of the offense right now,” Seton-La Salle coach Greg Perry said. “Our offense will catch up.”
The Rebels' offense got surprisingly sporadic play from quarterback Luke Brumbaugh. Brumbaugh completed 6-of-16 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown passing and running, but was intercepted three times in the first half to keep SA around.
“They put pressure on our quarterback that made him have some errant throws, but when he had to make big throws, he made them,” Perry said. “It's OK, you don't want to be the best you can be in Week 1.”
Sophomore Rick Mellick rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown and Tim Blair caught four passes for 63 yards.
South Allegheny got 38 yards rushing from Dustin Anderson, but the first-year quarterback was intercepted four times — one in each quarter.
South Allegheny (0-1) started the game in impressive fashion by forcing Seton-La Salle (1-0) to a three-and-out.
It was short-lived.
Six plays into their initial drive of the season, Anderson's pass in the near flat was picked by Rotunda and returned 31 yards for a 7-0 Seton-La Salle lead.
SA responded after a disastrous next drive that saw them go backward 30 yards with a DaVonte Johnson interception that was returned 53 yards down to the 20-yard line.
In fact, if it wasn't for the Gladiators' defense, things could've gotten out of hand quickly in the opening half.
Johnson intercepted Brumbaugh moments after the Seton-La Salle quarterback made it 14-0 with a 1-yard sneak early in a second. Delvinn Coleman then picked Brumbaugh in the end zone two minutes later to kill another drive.
It appeared that the it was going to be 14-0 going into the half, but Anderson's middle screen with less than the minute to go was snagged by McGervey and returned to the 15-yard line. It took Brumbaugh two plays to connect with Rotunda in the corner of the end zone to make it 21-0 with 20 seconds left in the half.
“That one right there broke their back,” Perry said.
Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org