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Christopher Horner | Trib Total Media
South Fayette's Dan Trimbur (left) celebrates his touchdown reception with Ryan Schmider during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class AA championship game against Aliquippa Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Heinz Field.

Dan Trimbur sat at his locker stall at Heinz Field, staring in stunned silence at the celebration surrounding him.

South Fayette had defended its WPIAL Class AA championship, but Trimbur couldn’t quite comprehend his contributions.

“It was all starting to sink in,” he said, “how amazing it was.”

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound sophomore receiver had five catches for 54 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown, in the WPIAL final.

“I was thinking how awesome it would be to catch a touchdown at Heinz Field,” Trimbur said, “but I didn’t expect it.”

What Trimbur expected least was to provide the winning points. He kicked four point-after tries, but it was his 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in the 31-22 victory over Aliquippa.

Not bad for a kid who played soccer “maybe in fourth grade” but volunteered to kick when senior Brian Coyne was injured.

“In the moment, I was trying not to think about it,” Trimbur said of his kick. “I was just thinking about making it. I just tried to kick it straight.”

Trimbur was an unlikely hero for South Fayette. He has 23 catches for 368 yards, but didn’t start until senior Roman Denson injured his finger. All four of Trimbur’s touchdowns have come in the playoffs, one in each game, each bigger than the last.

South Fayette offensive coordinator Andrew DiDonato was impressed with how Trimbur ran deep routes and made several first-down catches but kept his composure to make the kick.

South Fayette coach Joe Rossi sees similarities between Trimbur and former stars Zach Challingsworth and Justin Watson.

“We put a lot on his shoulders,” Rossi said, “and he did a great job.”

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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