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GREEN MACHINE: South Fayette defeats Summit Academy

Written by: on Saturday, September 11th, 2010


HERMAN, Pa. – As kickoff drew near between South Fayette and Summit Academy, there was almost a basketball-like atmosphere.

The Summit Academy student section, clad in dark blue shirts and khaki shorts, was cheering loudly and the Knights’ percussion section (strategically placed behind the SF bench) was aiding in the pre-game revelry.

Then, South Fayette went out on the field and, marching to the beat of its own drum, put up a basketball score on the red and blue.

South Fayette (2-0) rolled to 21 first quarter points and invoked the mercy rule with 7:22 left in the third quarter to down Summit Academy (1-1) 50-22 Saturday afternoon in Herman.

The Lions, who ranked in many statewide polls, amassed more than 300 yards of offense and led at one juncture, 50-8.

“It wasn’t pretty today,” said South Fayette head coach Joe Rossi.  “There were a lot of factors – playing on a Saturday afternoon, the hour and a half bus ride, a lot of factors.  But (at the end of the day) we got a win.”

South Fayette won in spite of itself at times – the Lions committed seven penalties for 66 yards and the line sometimes didn’t protect senior field general Christian Brumbaugh long enough, leaving #7 running for his life and making some hurried throws, one of which resulted in an interception.

But the mistakes did little to level the playing field, at South Fayette jumped to a quick 21-0 lead within the first 5:19 of the game.

Trevor Fiorentini scored on a two-yard run, and Tyler Challingsworth returned a Knight fumble 34 yards and caught a 10-yard scoring pass three plays after Summit muffed a kickoff.

The Lions added two more first half touchdowns – a 13-yard scoring pass from Brumbaugh to Josh Patterson and a six yard run by Jeff Davis – to take a 35-8 lead into intermission.  Davis invoked the mercy rule with 7:22 left in the third quarter with a 31-yard touchdown run and Brumbaugh capped the scoring with a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter.

Brumbaugh finished the day 14-of-25 for 156 yards and two scores.  Davis ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries.  South Fayette ran 50 total plays – 25 runs and 25 passes each – and finished with 326 yards of total offense.

Talk about balance.

“50/50 is our goal,” Rossi said.

And even though the Lions had quite an advantage up front, they still went to the air often, even in the fourth quarter with a running clock and the outcome long decided.

“We’ve got the best QB around,” Rossi said. “And we still have young wide receivers who need work – we lost our top two receivers last year who had 41 and 31 catches.”

Summit Academy got as close as 21-8 in the first quarter, but was never really a threat.  Quarterback Andre Williams threw for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added 12 rushing yards and a score on 10 carries.  Running back Tyrone Simms paced the Knights’ ground game with 65 yards on three carries – including a 58-yard run in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown.

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