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South Fayette’s Christian Brumbaugh was too much for Freeport on Friday night.

The senior quarterback had another outstanding night, as the Lions advanced to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals with a 47-13 victory at Seneca Valley’s NexTier Stadium.

Brumbaugh passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns and jumped into fourth place on the all-time WPIAL yards passing list. He has 5,926 career yards, passing Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Heuther, Pine-Richland’s Jake Long and Steel Valley’s Luke Getsy.

South Fayette (11-0) will play Beaver Falls in the Class AA semifinals next Friday. The Lions are looking for their first WPIAL title since 1964. Freeport finished 7-4.

“They had five good receivers,” Freeport coach John Gaillot said. “We rolled the dice on a three- or four-man rush, but he got about seven or eight seconds back there and someone becomes open.”

South Fayette came up with the first big break: Zach Fisher intercepted a pass at the Freeport 25. Jeff Davis got the scoring started on the sixth play of the drive with a 1-yard burst.

Freeport moved the ball well twice, once to the South Fayette 8, and, after a 79-yard screen pass from Brumbaugh to Zach Challingsworth, to the 11 before losing the ball on downs.

“We got inside the 20 twice and came up with nothing,” Gaillot said. “We had to be flawless against a team like that.”

After a 28-yard scoring pass to Davis, Freeport marched 64 yards in five plays. Derek Durand caught a sideline pass and, instead of going out of bounds, sprinted toward midfield to get the Yellowjackets on the scoreboard with 42 seconds left in the half, cutting the margin to 20-6.

But Brumbaugh led the Lions 70 yards to make it 27-6 at halftime.

“We practice our two-minute drill on Thursday nights,” he said. “That was a big drive in the game.”

South Fayette scored twice in 59 seconds to open the second half. A 26-yard pass from Brumbaugh to Davis put the PIAA’s running-clock rule in effect.

Durand hauled in another pass from Lynch that covered 79 yards with 43 seconds to go. Jake Campbell rushed for 101 yards to finish the season with 801. Durand finished with 824 receiving yards.

“I’m really proud of our kids,” Gaillot said. “They really stepped it up after the Deer Lakes loss.”


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