Class AA preview-South Fayette (7) 14-0
Written by: Billy Splain on Thursday, December 12th, 2013
They’ve been here and it wasn’t exactly pretty. South Fayette came to the title game with high hopes in 2010. West Philadelphia Catholic had other ideas as they scored 50 points to just 14 for the Lions. Coach Joe Rossi know’s his team was awestruck that year and hopes this years squad has learned from that memory. “This is all business and hopefully we can bring home the win” said Rossi
Keys to winning on Offense:
-Take to the air. The Lions are averaging 240 passing yards per game. But in the playoffs those numbers are higher. The Lions are averaging 300 yards passing in the playoffs. Led by Junior qb Brett Brumbaugh the Lion passing attack is key for Joe Rossi’s team to bringing home state gold. Brumbaugh has thrown for an incredible 3,618 yards and 38 touchdowns this year. And when he throws it he’ll most likely be looking for Justin Watson, who leads the Lions with 1,442 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns. He needs 144 yards to break the WPIAL’s single-season record. Brunbaugh also has Connor Beck. Beck caught 10 touchdown passes this year while racking up 1,057 yards in receiving.
-Keep balanced. While the Lions LOVE to throw the ball coach Rossi knows you have to keep a defense honest. “Imhotep has good speed. They make big plays and they are big up front,” Rossi said. Rossi will turn to Grant Fetchet on the ground. Fetchet has 1,331 yards and 21 tds on the year. They also have J.J. Walker with 19 scores on the year
Keys to Victory on Defense:
-Control the line. “eighty-five percent of the time they’re running the ball. We have to keep an eye on which backs are in as they all have different styles” said Rossi. The Panthers have rushed for nearly 303 yards per game this year and are led by a giant front line that averages a mammoth 290 pounds per man. “That’s going to be a big challenge for us, we’ll have to find a way through that line.
-Don’t give up the big play. “They’re fast and can light you up quick.
-Get pressure on the qb. Spencer Girman, Anthony Davidson, Zach Walker have combined for 21 sacks. They’ll need to keep the pressure on a qb in Andre Dreuitt who has thrown for nearly 1,500 yards and 22 scores. “Their quarterback and receiver are nice players but they normally rotate four to five running backs into the game, said Rossi. So we have to find a way to stop them and not give up the big play”.
Keys on Special Teams:
“Well, we aren’t sure about our returner Roman Denson, who injured his leg last week but we’ll just have to keep our lanes and play our game” said Rossi.
South Fayette Schedule:
8/30 @ McGuffey* (AA) W 41-14
9/06 Keystone Oaks* (AA) W 59-0
9/13 @ Steel Valley* (AA) W 42-7
9/20 Burgettstown* (AA) W 74-7
9/27 Seton-LaSalle* (AA) W 45-3
10/04 @ Quaker Valley* (AA) W 49-15
10/11 @ Riverside (Ellwood City) (AA) W 49-0
10/18 South Park* (AA) W 48-0
10/25 @ South Allegheny* (AA) W 42-0
11/01 Greensburg Central Catholic (AA) W 49-0
11/08 Seton-LaSalle (AA) W 31-7
11/15 Beaver Falls (AA) W 35-7
11/23 @ Aliquippa (AA) W 34-28
11/30 @ Karns City (AA) W 57-21
12/07 @ Hickory (AA) W 23-20
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