South Fayette, Brumbaugh march on

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South Fayette entered the WPIAL semifinals with the best scoring offense and best scoring defense in the WPIAL.

Both were on display Friday night as quarterback Brett Brumbaugh tossed ball all over the field at Montour High School, and the Lions defense shut down a Beaver Falls offense that had been averaging 41.4 points per game.

It added up to a 35-7 South Fayette win.

The second-seeded Lions (12-0) advanced to Heinz Field for the first time since 2010 when Brett's older brother, Christian Brumbaugh, quarterbacked the Lions to a WPIAL final win against Aliquippa.

The Lions and top-ranked Quips (12-0) will meet again at 5 p.m. next Saturday in the WPIAL Class AA final.

South Fayette reached this round last season only to fall to Washington.

"It's bitter losing in the semis," South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. "It hurt last year."

The last time South Fayette reached Heinz Field, Brett Brumbaugh was a ball boy for the Lions. Friday night he was 16 of 25 for 252 yards. He passed for two scores and rushed for another. Justin Watson had a game-high six receptions for 126 yards.

For No. 4 seed Beaver Falls (9-3), it was the fourth consecutive year its season ended at the hands of South Fayette. The Tigers had trouble pressuring Brumbaugh, who was able to pick apart their secondary. On offense, Beaver Falls was 1 for 5 on fourth down attempts and quarterback Dan Stratton was intercepted at the South Fayette 1 and 4.

"To hold this offense, a high-powered offense ... pretty much to zero points, I am proud of the defense, they were awesome," Rossi said.

"We were upset [at halftime]. We should have been up 28-0 early on, we knew we couldn't give them any room to breathe. If we could just come out in the second half and score that one touchdown, we knew they would start to doubt a little bit."

South Fayette did just that.

With a 14-0 lead, the Lions marched down the field on the opening drive of the second half and Brumbaugh connected with Conner Beck on a 12-yard touchdown pass. On the next drive, Beaver Falls turned the ball over on downs on their 33, and on the very next play, Brumbaugh connected with Watson for a 33-yard touchdown pass.

All of a sudden it was 28-0.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, Brumbaugh scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and the ensuing extra point made it 35-0 and activated the mercy rule.

"We came up short last year," Brumbaugh said. "We were ready to play this game."

South Fayette had a 14-0 first-quarter lead after Brumbaugh drove the offense down the field twice on scoring drives that were capped by Zach Walker 1-yard touchdown plunges.


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