South Fayette routs Steel Valley
Written by: Doug Keklak on Saturday, September 14th, 2013
For a team that threw the ball eight of the first ten times on their initial drive of the game, you would never think it was the running game that would ultimately get them in the end zone all night. That is exactly what happened for the South Fayette Lions Friday night as Grant Fetchet had five rushing touchdowns while backfield counterpart J.J. Walker had two in a 42-7 victory over host Steel Valley.
Steel Valley won the toss and elected to receive. It appeared that the Ironmen would score the first points of the night as they mounted a drive that three plays in saw senior D’Andre Pickens take the ball on a toss sweep and run 53 yards down to the South Fayette 15 yard line. Unfortunately, two plays later Duane Murray took the handoff, was hit by a Lion defender and fumbled the ball. South Fayette recovered deep in their own territory.
As just mentioned, the Lions came out throwing as junior Brett Brumbaugh mixed it up, hitting Justin Watson, Walker, Conner Beck and Fetchet with passes, moving the unit from their own 9 all the way down to the Ironmen 21. However, the drive stalled there and Brian Coyne was sent on the field to attempt a 37-yard field goal but the attempt was wide left and Steel Valley took back over on their own 20.
A short drive netted minus-four yards and Brandon Donovan’s punt was returned into Steel Valley territory. The Lions took over on the Ironmen 43 and need just five plays before Walker scored from a yard out. Coyne was good on the PAT and with 1:34 left in the opening quarter, South Fayette was up 7-0.
Another Lion stop and forced punt on defense lead to another short offensive drive which begat another 1-yard touchdown from Walker. Coyne converted the extra point and the Lions went up 14-0 with 8:10 left in the second quarter.
The teams traded punts with no more scoring until the second quarter clock ran out for halftime.
Beck returned the second half kickoff for South Fayette to the Steel Valley 44-yard line and yet again took the short field and scored relatively quickly. After six plays, Fetchet scored from 25 yards out. Coyne tacked on the conversion and it was 21-0 Lions with just a little under a minute and a half off the third quarter clock.
What was frustrating for Coach Rodney Poole on that scoring drive is that there were three potential turnovers for his Ironmen to take but they could not capitalize. First, Fetchet fumbled on the opening play of the drive but the Lions were able to recover. Also, the two incomplete passes on the drive were both passes that Ironmen defensive backs could have intercepted. The first of which, had Julian Cox held on, would more than likely been returned for a pick six.
After Steel Valley went three and out, they were able to get that turnover as Derek Taylor picked off a Brumbaugh pass deep in Ironman territory. The Steel Valley offense could not get anything going and had to punt the ball back to South Fayette.
The Lions stalled on offense and a botched snap on the punt set the Ironmen up with their best chance to score to that point of the night as they took over first and goal from the 9. However, this just was not the Ironmen’s night as Murray fumbled the handoff on first down and South Fayette recovered.
Steel Valley tightened up and did not let the Lions get any farther than their own 11and forced the punt. The Ironmen started their drive on their own 46 but Connor Stevens’ pass was intercepted on the first play and nearly returned to the house by Ryan Schmider. Fetchet scored from a yard out and Coyne added another extra point and the rout was on as it was 28-0 Lions with 2:47 to go in the third.
South Fayette got the running clock working with 11:36 to go in the game as they needed just one play following a Steel Valley punt to get on the board again as once again Fetchet scored, this time from 48 yards out. The refrain of Coyne is good was true and it was 35-0 Lions.
Yet another Steel Valley three and out led to a punt which was returned by Ramon Denson. Tack on a 15-yard penalty for blow to the head and the Lions started the drive from the Steel Valley 30. This team proved all night that giving them a short field was a bad idea. It took just seven plays to get the final points from the Lions on the board as Fetchet scored from 15 yards out. Brian Coyne finished his perfect six-for-six evening and with 4:23 left in the contest it was South Fayette up 42-0.
The ensuing Ironmen drive was short in length but long in yardage and netted them their only points of the night as Murray scored from 72 yards out. Donovan kicked the extra point and final score was cemented at South Fayette 42, Steel Valley 7. At this point, both teams emptied their bench reserves into the game and with the help of the running clock the game was soon over.
Steel Valley drops to 2-1 and travel to Seton-LaSalle next week. Coach Joe Rossi’s Lions improve to 3-0 and host Burgettstown in one week’s time.
South Fayette 0 0 0 0 – 7
Steel Valley 7 7 14 14 – 42
SF-J.J. Walker 1 run (Brian Coyne kick)
SF-Walker 1 run (Coyne kick)
SF-Grant Fetchet 25 run (Coyne kick)
SF-Fetchet 1 run (Coyne kick)
SF-Fetchet 48 run (Coyne kick)
SF-Fetchet 15 run (Coyne kick)
SV-Duane Murray 72 run (Brandon Donovan kick)
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