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Shady Side Academy running back Jerred Brevard.
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Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, 8:46 p.m.

Shady Side Academy opened its football season on the right foot on Friday.

Make that the right feet.

Behind the running of juniors Jared Brevard and Dennis Briggs, and an airtight defense, the Indians cruised to a 27-6 win over visiting Ford City.

“We always expect a tough game against Ford City,” coach Dave Havern said. “They've made the playoffs eight out of nine years. To win like we did made it a very good night.”

The SSA defense said good night to the Sabers offense early and kept them tucked in for most of the game, allowing only a late touchdown with the game well in hand. The SSA defense allowed only 28 yards rushing.

“I can't say enough about our defense,” Havern said. “They came prepared.”

As in the past, the Indians relied on a running game featuring power and speed. Brevard, despite a stomach ailment, rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns. Briggs finished with 130 yards and a touchdown.

“We know that we have one of the best backfields in the WPIAL,” Havern said. “They're special kids. They're great athletes and great students. And they're only juniors.”

This week, the Indians will travel to Deer Lakes to take on the Lancers. Deer Lakes opened its season up with a 14-7 loss to Valley. The Lancers return last year's starting quarterback, Josh Plocki, and leading rusher Cody Keenan.

“We expect a tough game,” Havern said. “That will be their home opener and I'm sure they'll be ready to play.” Kickoff is set for 7:30.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or

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