Burns, Deer Lakes run over South Allegheny
It was a familiar sight for Deer Lakes on Friday night at Lancers Stadium.
Playing in front of a packed crowd on homecoming night, the Hunter Burns show was on full display, and the senior running back didn’t disappoint. He rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as Deer Lakes ran over South Allegheny, 41-0, in nonconference action.
Burns did all of his damage in the first half as the Deer Lakes offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage with ease, creating big lanes for Burns to run through.
He scored on runs of 24, 37 and 3 yards as Deer Lakes (3-0) entered the half leading 35-0 over South Allegheny (1-2).
He also had an 87-yard touchdown run called back because of a holding penalty.
“I was hoping it would be more like that,” Deer Lakes coach Steve Sciullo said of the carries. “I didn’t want to get him in the 35s and 40s again. He played really well, and we lost an 87-yard touchdown run. It could’ve been a standout game for him.”
While Burns and the offense stole the show, the Lancers’ defense smothered the Gladiators, allowing 40 yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers.
Senior defensive back Scott Kelly and junior defensive back Jake Spirnock each had an interception. The duo also found chemistry on offense as Kelly threw two touchdown passes to Spirnock, one from 5 yards out and the other from 8 yards.
Kelly attempted just five passes as the Lancers rushed for 344 yards.
“It was tough there for a little bit (because) they had eight or nine guys in the box,” Sciullo said.
“It was a little challenging. We had to break out the old passing game. It’s been rusty. It was nice to go out there and throw the ball a little bit.”
South Allegheny coach Pat Monroe credited Sciullo for developing one of the bigger offensive lines in the WPIAL.
“They’re not just big, they’re well-coached,” Monroe said. “They move better than you would expect.
“We saw them on film, and we know what they’ve done as a group. Obviously, they work hard and feed off the enthusiasm of their coach. They like to do what they do up front, and they’re good at it.”
D.J. Vasil is a freelance writer.