Brumbaugh battle goes to South Fayette
The little brother has bragging rights but probably won't use them.
“Without him, I couldn't have done what I did today,” said South Fayette sophomore Brett Brumbaugh, who threw four touchdowns in Friday night's 51-12 “Brumbaugh Bowl” victory over rival Seton-La Salle and older brother Luke.
Brett will celebrate the lopsided win, but he didn't enjoy watching his brother struggle during his three-interception night.
“Whatever happens in the game happens,” Brett said. “He's still my best friend until the day I die.”
The younger Brumbaugh had the best game of his young career, throwing for 374 yards and touchdown passes of 28, 8, 9 and 9 yards. He completed 19 of 33 passes. Three of his receivers topped 100 yards in a victory that gives South Fayette (5-0, 5-0) the inside track to the Class AA Century Conference title.
Zach Challingsworth had nine catches for 130 yards, Justin Watson had four for 125 and Conner Beck added four for 100. Challingsworth had one touchdown, and Watson scored two. All three had catches that made the sophomore quarterback smile.
“I think they're the best group in the WPIAL,” Brett said. “I don't think they can be covered.”
Turnovers hurt Seton-La Salle (4-1, 4-1), including a fumble by sophomore Dequay Broadwater on the Rebels' first kickoff return. That allowed South Fayette to score 14 points before Seton's offense was on the field.
Down two touchdowns, the Rebels couldn't catch up. Luke Brumbaugh completed 5 of 14 passes for 35 yards and three interceptions. His first pass was returned 32 yards by Mike Fetchet, giving South Fayette a 21-0 lead with 8 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first quarter.
“I thought we shot ourselves in the foot a couple times tonight,” Seton coach Greg Perry said, “and you can't go that against a very good football team.”
Both quarterbacks had an interception returned for a touchdown (Seton's Tom Rizza returned one 52 yards), but South Fayette's offense was better. Grant Fetchet had 103 yards on 15 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown in the third. Seton-La Salle's offense was missing sophomore Rick Mellick, the Rebels' leading rusher through four games.
Neither team's first-string defense had allowed a point all season, streaks that ended in the first quarter. But most of the attention fell on the brothers. They had met once before — in last year's WPIAL quarterfinals, when Luke Brumbaugh's Seton-La Salle won, 21-13.
“It's hard to play against him,” Brett Brumbaugh said, “but it's fun because it's just like old times in the backyard or downstairs playing ( video games).”
They live together in South Fayette, but Luke transferred to the private school. The two talked all week, but rarely about football. They spoke briefly Friday morning, then exchanged texts before the game.
“I told him good luck, I love you and I'll see you at the end,” Brett said.
Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.