Points. Points. And more points! What else could anyone expect from two teams outscoring their opponents by a combined 171 - 13 through the first two weeks of the season.
Heading into their week three match up against Steel Valley averaging 47.5 points per game, few doubted whether the South Fayette Lions had the capability to put up 50 against the Ironmen as they did Friday night. But even fewer people would've expected Steel Valley's offense to be as anemic as it was.
The class AA marquee matchup featured the number one and number three ranked quarterbacks in class AA. South Fayette's sensational sophomore Brett Brumbaugh was nearly flawless, completing 12 of his 17 passes for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air while juniors Zach Walker and Grant Fetchet combined for 80 yards and a TD on just 15 carries:
In the first half.
Inconsistent offensive line play and dropped passes plagued Steel Valley senior QB Patrick O'Malley, who seemed uncharacteristically out of sync throughout the evening tossing a pair of interceptions and failing to break 50 yards passing after coming into the contest averaging 168 YPG.
As a team Steel Valley mustard just 66 yards of total offense through the first 2 quarters and trailed 27-0 when the bands took the field at halftime.
After a three and out to start the 3rd quarter, Steel Valley helplessly watched Grant Fetchet slash their defense to the tune of 103 yards while Walker and Brumbaugh added rushing touchdowns in the 2nd half that put the Ironmen away for good.
South Fayette's 50-0 shutout victory marks the second time they eclipsed the half-century mark this season and catapults the Lions to the top of the Class AA standings. The schedule doesn't get any easier for Steel Valley (2-1) as they will host a Seton-La Salle (3-0) team that has yet to allow a point in 2012.
Notes: Only the Gateway Gators (162 pts.) have scored more points than South Fayette (145 pts.) through 3 weeks of WPIAL football. The Lions will be heavily favored over Burgettstown (0-2) next Saturday before the two leading passers in Class AA, brothers Brett and Luke Brumbaugh take their sibling rivalry to the next level when Seton-La Salle (3-0) hosts South Fayette (3-0) Sept. 28 in Baldwin.