Leechburg loses to Brentwood
BRENTWOOD: Brentwood got all the points it needed in the first half Friday, scoring five touchdowns in the first 24 minutes and cruising to a 35-14 victory over Leechburg in a Class A Eastern Conference game at Herb Troy Memeorial Field.
Leechburg’s defense held Brentwood (1-2, 2-3) to just 6 yards rushing in the first half, but could not stop junior quarterback Andy Lauterbaugh from completing eight passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
“When you can’t get heat on the quarterback, and he has that much time to throw the ball, you’ve got trouble,” Leechburg coach Mark Jones said. “They burned us on the pass.”
Lauterbaugh, who sustained a concussion in the Springdale game two weeks ago, threw touchdown passes of 9, 33 and 14 yards.
Brentwood stunned Leechburg by scoring three touchdowns in a four-minute span in the second quarter to turn a 6-0 game into a 27-0 rout.
Leechburg (1-2, 2-3) scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter as the clock continued to run due to the 35-point mercy rule.
Leechburg’s Zach Ridenour caught touchdown passes of 30 and 26 yards from quarterback Nathan Whitlinger in the fourth quarter.
Ridenour’s second touchdown was set up when Nathan Cockroft recovered his first of two onside kicks in the game’s waning moments.
“I said to the kids at halftime, 35-0, you’re not walking out of here with zeros,” Jones said. “Even though it wasn’t against their first-teamers, my kids didn’t quit.”
Ridenour led all pass-catchers with 115 yards on five receptions. Whitlinger finished 5 of 11 for 115 yards.
A bright spot for the Blue Devils was their defense against the rush — limiting Brentwood to only 29 yards on the ground.
“We had a hard time running the ball,” Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel said. “We could pass block, but we couldn’t run block. Our biggest guy on the line only weighs 200 pounds.”
Leechburg will play host to Clairton next Friday in its homecoming contest.