Leps enter playoff race
ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP — After starting 0-2 in the Big 7 Conference, Belle Vernon Area High’s football team wasn’t anywhere near the playoff picture.
The Leps are today,
Thanks to BVA’s deceiving 21-13 win over Ringgold at James Weir Stadium and West Mifflin’s 28-0 loss to Trinity, the Leps (4-3, 2-2) and Titans (5-2,2-2) are tied for third place.
Both teams need one more win to make the playoffs.
The Leps’ final two games are at unbeaten Thomas Jefferson Friday and home with Elizabeth Forward, while the Titans visit Ringgold before hosting TJ.
Ringgold coach Lloyd Price was impressed with the Leps.
“I think Belle Vernon can hang with them (TJ),” said Price. “They have a good team and I’m sure Aaron (Krepps) will have them ready.”
Krepps, meanwhile, wasn’t pleased with his team’s fourth quarter performance against the Rams (2-5, 0-4) after taking a 21-0 lead.
“We were doing a good job of containing (Dylan) Patch until the fourth quarter when we got sloppy,” he said. “I wasn’t happy with our play in the final period.”
The Leps tackled the Rams’ elusive junior quarterback seven times in the first three periods and three times in the fourth quarter.
Patch went into the final period with minus two rushing yards before gaining 58 yards.
The Leps led 7-0 at halftime on Brandon Dilmore’s 40-yard touchdown toss to Ian Dobbins with 2:04 remaining in the first quarter to climax a five play, 64-yard drive.
The Leps had a 42-yard touchdown run by Matt Green in the opening 3:34 wiped out by a holding penalty.
Ringgold’s lone scoring opportunity in the first half was a 34-yard field goal attempt by Skyler Fransko which was blocked by the BVA line at 6:29 in the second period.
The Leps made it 14-0 on the first play of the fourth quarter when Dilmore went in from one yard out to end a seven play, 50-yard drive.
Dilmore’s 26-yard pass to fullback Spencer Lynn on a fourth and six was the key play, putting the Leps on the Rams’ 5-yard line.
Less than three minutes later, the Leps had a 21-0 cushion after Green went in from the eight.
Sophomore Adam Cole blocked a Derrick Fiore punt to give the Leps possession at the Rams’ 10.
“The blocked punt proved to be a big play,” said Price.
The Rams got on the scoreboard when sophomore Percy Law broke three tackles after catching a pass from Patch and took it 34 yards with 7:52 remaining.
A 31-yard run by Patch was the big gainer in the 74-yard drive.
Patch trimmed the lead to 21-13 when he raced in from 12 yards out with 1:15 remaining before Fransko missed the extra point.
“Too little, too late,” said Price. “We didn’t quit when we were down 21-0. I was proud of our kids for fighting back.”
NOTES: Green finished with 119 yards on 21 carries. Patch completed 12 of 24 passes for 131 yards … Ringgold had 39 rushing yards going into the fourth quarter.