Manley guides Golden Lions over Cougars
Entering the season, Greensburg Salem senior quarterback Anthony Manley was considered one of the top players in the Keystone Conference. On Friday night, he proved that he is truly a cut above the rest.
Manley accounted for two touchdowns, one after returning from a laceration, as Greensburg Salem held on for a 14-6 victory over Yough in front of a capacity crowd at Cougar Mountain.
Manley completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Jones early in the second quarter before leaving the game on the following defensive series to receive treatment for a cut to his non-throwing hand. He returned at the start of the second half, and his 6-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter extended the Golden Lions' lead to eight and proved to be the game-clincher.
"Anthony did a wonderful job for us tonight," Greensburg Salem coach George Kemerer said. Manley completed 7 of 12 passes for 72 yards and rushed for another 28.
In addition to Manley's efforts, Greensburg Salem once again benefited from a defense that made just enough plays to win. Despite totalling 205 yards of offense and 14 first downs, Yough managed only six points. Trailing by eight with 55 seconds to play in the game and on its own 39, Yough quarterback Mike Sedunov completed a pair of passes to Brad Janiro, moving to the Greensburg Salem 25. However, three plays later on fourth-and-8 from the 23 with 13 seconds remaining in the game, Sedunov's pass to the end zone was broken up by Josh Zerbini to preserve the victory.
"Sedunov is a tremendous playmaker, but fortunately we were able to hang on for the win," Kemerer said.
Sedunov completed 12 of 23 passes for 142 yards and rushed for a team-high 61 yards. Janiro caught eight passes for 102 yards.
"We had our chances," Yough coach Rich Bowen said. "I'm extremely proud of our team's effort. They never quit."
Yough (2-1, 0-1) let an opportunity slip by in the second quarter as it had first-and-goal on the Greensburg Salem 3. Three plays later, the Cougars had lost 3 yards, and a bad snap on the ensuing field goal attempt sent them away without any points.
Yough, which lost its 17th consecutive conference game, will look to bounce back Friday at Mt. Pleasant.
"It's going to be important to see how we bounce back, and if we learn from this loss," Bowen stated.
Greensburg Salem (2-1, 1-0), the defending Keystone Conference champion, won its seventh straight conference game and will host Uniontown on Friday.