For two Century unbeatens, opportunity to measure up
Neither Seton-La Salle nor South Fayette has allowed a touchdown against its first-string defense. Both are high-scoring. Both are unbeaten.
And yet their coaches wonder how good they really are.
“It's interesting because neither one of us really has been tested yet,” said Seton-La Salle coach Greg Perry, whose No. 2 Rebels will host No. 4 South Fayette at Baldwin on Friday. “I think we've both been pointing to this week to actually get a barometer of how good we could be or how good we are.”
So far, they've been dominant. Both are 4-0 in the Class AA Century Conference, where they've won with ease. Almost too much ease.
Just once have Seton-La Salle's starters played in the fourth quarter; that was in last week's 34-7 victory over Steel Valley. The Rebels' other wins were 35-0 over South Allegheny, 42-0 over McGuffey and 45-0 over Keystone Oaks.
South Fayette's starters have yet to see the fourth quarter in wins over McGuffey (42-6), Keystone Oaks (53-0), Steel Valley (50-0) and Burgettstown (56-6).
“We've both kind of played the same teams, so we really haven't had a good gauge,” South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. “We're happy with the results, obviously, but this will be the first real matchup to see how good your team is.”
Both teams have a Division I pass catcher: Seton tight end Scott Orndoff and South Fayette wideout Zach Challingsworth are Pitt recruits.
And both have a Brumbaugh at quarterback: Brett, a sophomore, starts for South Fayette. Luke, a senior, starts for Seton-La Salle.
It's a family feud the brothers don't always relish. Their first meeting was last year's WPIAL quarterfinals, which Seton-La Salle won, 21-13.
“They'd rather not have to deal with (the attention), to be honest,” Perry said. “They just want to play the game ... now that they've already done it once.”
In that playoff game, Brett Brumbaugh was 18 of 34 for 150 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Luke was 7 of 15 for 54 yards, but he'll be used more Friday.
Lou Rotunda leads Seton's receivers with 14 catches and three touchdowns. Orndoff (6-5, 250) has six catches and two touchdowns.
Challingsworth (16-440-6) heads a talented set of Lions receivers. Connor Beck, Justin Watson and Mike Fetchet also have caught touchdowns from Brett Brumbaugh, who became the starter as a freshman.
South Fayette junior Grant Fetchet leads the Lions in rushing (44-294-2). Sophomore Rick Mellick (45-268-5) is Seton's leading rusher.
Seton-La Salle won both meetings last season, including 33-10 in Week 8. South Fayette won in 2010 (42-35) and 2009 (21-14).
“Everyone's expecting a shootout like two years ago,” Rossi said, “but you've got to remember that neither starting defense has given up a touchdown. It will be interesting to see how either defense responds when they get scored upon.”
Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.