Monday, September 17, 2012

South Fayette getting defensive

Much has been made of the South Fayette offense, and for good reason.

Scoring 145 points in three games can tend to generate more than just passing interest.

But not to be overlooked in all of the scoring is the Lions' defense, which has yet to allow a point with its starters in the game.

On Friday, South Fayette held Steel Valley, which had scored 76 points in its previous two games, to zero points and less than 100 yards of total offense in a 50-0 win.

"I think that’s been the surprise so far this season," Lions coach Joe Rossi said. "The front eight have done a tremendous job. [Friday] night, I think in all the years I’ve been here, they swarmed to the ball better than they ever have."

Dylan Nock leads South Fayette with 20 tackles. Pete Cochran has 16, and Brad Haney, Mike Fetchet and Conner Beck each have 12.

The Lions have nine sacks in three games, three by Haney, two by Cochran, Aaron Gross abd Dylan Witt.

Hayden Orler has defended three passes and intercepted two.

"Our defense has been shutting other teams down," said quarterback Brett Brumbaugh, who I profiled for today's high school football notebook. "Have to give a lot of credit to them."

Oh, and those other offensive weapons who didn't get as much love as I might've liked in my for-print story, check this out:

Grant Fetchet: 36 carries, 244 rushing yards, TD
Jared Walker: two rushing TDs
Zach Walker: three rushing TDs
Zach Challingsworth: 12 catches, 304 yards, five TDs
Justin Watson: seven catches, 138 yards, two TDs
Conner Beck: 10 catches, 149 yards, two TD

"It’s hard to defend all those athletes," Rossi said. "Brett does a pretty good job of making sure they all get their touches."

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