Seton-LaSalle – Keystone Oaks Preview
Written by: Josh Funk on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
The Game: Seton-LaSalle (7 AA) @ Keystone Oaks (7 AA)
Date: Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, from Dormont Stadium in Dormont Borough
2008 Record: Seton-LaSalle (7-1), Keystone Oaks (8-0)
About Seton-LaSalle: Remember the earlier part of the decade when Lou Cerro was leading the Rebels to a pair of WPIAL finals appearances? Well, Seton-LaSalle is still good, but they are doing things a little bit differently than their previous offensive juggernauts of 2002 and 2004. Interesting fact: starting Pitt quarterback Bill Stull was the field general of that ’04 Rebel team which defeated Aliquippa 42-35 at Heinz Field. Stull threw for 5,572 yards in his career, good enough for 40th all-time, according to the Pennsylvania Football News Resource Guide.
The Rebels are 7-1, but have only scored 165 points, an average of just over 20 points per game. But the green and gold defense has surrendered just 58 points, shut out four opponents, and held two other opponents to a touchdown or less.
Seton-LaSalle’s defense will be tested, though, by the Keystone Oaks offense, which is averaging 35 points per game.
About Keystone Oaks: Preseason, few could honestly say they saw this coming from Keystone Oaks, but here the Golden Eagles are – 8-0 and in position to earn not only a Century Conference championship, but also one of the top seeds and a home game in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs.
KO is led by a dynamic backfield duo of Dion Wiegand and Jordan Maddox. Wiegand and Maddox have combined for 1,621 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns this season. The two comprise a very large percentage of the KO rushing yardage and touchdown output. KO averages 239 rushing yards and has scored 34 rushing touchdowns. Wiegand and Maddox average 194 of those 239 yards per game and have scored 88 percent of the Eagles’ rushing touchdowns.
Corey Bellovich has thrown for over 660 yards and three touchdowns while completing nearly 56 percent of his passes. Bellovich’s favorite target is Robert Haley, who has caught 17 passes for 324 yards and a score.
KO’s last WPIAL playoff appearance came two years ago, when the Eagles finished 6-4. In the four seasons leading up to 2008, KO was a combined 13-23 (.361).
Seton-LaSalle and Keystone Oaks information from Maxpreps.com.
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