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Brentwood stuns Crusaders football team

| Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
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Senior quarterback Nico DiPaolo threw for 82 yards against Brentwood. Randy Jarosz | for the Signal Item
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Alex Plutto and the Bishop Canevin football team travel to Serra Catholic Friday for their regular season finel. Randy Jarosz | for the Signal Item

Bishop Canevin football coach Bob Jacoby didn't mince words after his squad's 42-7 loss to Brentwood last week.

“We embarrassed ourselves,” the longtime Crusaders coach said. “We came out and had no fire at the beginning of the game, and it snowballed.

“We really embarrassed ourselves. We didn't have much heart in it, at all.”

Brentwood struck early, scoring touchdowns in the first quarter on short runs by Justin Bauer and Chris Shortley.

The score remained 14-0 until halftime. But the Spartans started the rout in the second half. Brentwood scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and two more in the fourth to take a 42-0 lead.

Junior running back Mark DeSchon scored the lone Crusaders touchdown on a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

The Crusaders' defense was shredded by Brentwood junior Justin Vickless, who ran the ball 21 times for 183 yards,

The win by Brentwood (5-3) gave it a berth in the postseason. Bishop Canevin (5-3) already had clinched a playoff spot. The squads will represent the Black Hills Conference in Class A along with Clairton (8-0) and Monessen (7-1).

The injury toll started to mount as the Crusaders saw linemen go down. Senior center Jim Dlugos and junior guards Matt Mox and Tanner Richardson were injured.

“This is the second week in a row we took a physical pounding,” Jacoby said. “The difference is (against Brentwood), we had no fire at all.”

The loss to the Spartans — along with a 53-15 loss to Clairton in Week 7 — was the first time the Crusaders lost back-to-back games since losing three straight to Sto-Rox, Seton-La Salle and Steel Valley during the 2009 season.

The team already was short, as playmaker Jim Tersak was on the sideline. The senior leads the team in rushing with 468 yards and 12 touchdowns and is a presence at defensive end, recording 48 tackles and five sacks.

“He will be back for playoffs,” Jacoby said. “He injured his shoulder, and we have kept him out to be cautious.”

Things will be a little easier for the Crusaders in the final week of the regular season as they travel to Serra Catholic. The Eagles have struggle, having been outscored, 49-6, on average.

While it may appear to be an easy victory, it will be a crucial game, as the Crusaders try to right the ship heading into the WPIAL postseason.

“We need to continue to practice and practice hard,” Jacoby said. “We need to keep working.

We will have to have a really short memory and get back to what we were doing well early in the season.”

Kickoff for Bishop Canevin's showdown with Serra Catholic is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at nsmith@tribweb.com or 412-388-5813.

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