Friday, November 9, 2012

More on South Fayette/Beaver Falls

Again, this was supposed to go up today, but we apparently had some technical issues. Sorry for the lateness and the apparent disappearance.

If you go to Beaver Falls, I'm guessing you don't like South Fayette very much, considering the Lions have ended the Tigers' season each of the past two years.

In 2010, that was a 55-28 win in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals for South Fayette. A year ago South Fayette won, 24-14, in the first round of the playoffs, despite three interceptions from QB Brett Brumbaugh.

I'm hoping this year's game is more like last year's and less like the 27-point win from two years ago, though I don't expect the South Fayette coaches and players to feel similarly.

I talked to South Fayette coach Joe Rossi on Thursday, and he figured the two keys would be stopping the run and getting points when the Lions have the ball. (Magic formula, right? But no, seriously, it's not all boring, coachspeak.)

The Tigers (8-2) rely mostly on a pair of running backs, Damian Rawl (128-987-11) and Robert Bell (115-762-11); last week Rawl and Bell contributed to a 450-yard rushing effort during a 28-14 win over Freeport, with quarterback Dan Stratton contributing two rushing scores. Stratton can throw, too, and has completed 50 percent of his passes for 1,389 yards and 18 TDs.

As for the scoring part, check this out: South Fayette (10-0) ran 31 offensive plays to 70 for Freedom during a 49-13 win last week. Talk about scoring quick.

Quarterback Brett Brumbaugh was just five of 12 for 115 yards, 82 of those coming on a long touchdown -- his only one -- to Justin Watson.

"We can’t have any three-and-outs because we know that’s what teams will try to do to us – keep Brett and the receivers off the field," Rossi said. "We know we’re not going to possess the ball for a long time, but we know, every drive, we need to try and get points out of it."

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