Springdale shuts out Serra |

Springdale shuts out Serra

McKEESPORT: Springdale running backs Wayne Mundekis and Mike Landers combined to rush for 249 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-0 Eastern A Conference victory over Serra Catholic Saturday.

Sprindale dominated Serra Catholic in all three phases of the game as the Dynamos improved to 4-1overall and 3-0 in conference play.

Springdale and Serra Catholic came into the game traveling different routes.

Springdale, in the midst of a four-team battle for first place in the Eastern A Conference, played to remain on top of the playoff chase.

Serra Catholic slipped to 0-3 in conference play. The Eagles came into the game riding a 19-game losing streak, longest in the WPIAL.

The Dynamos’ defense recorded its third shutout this season.

“We’re certainly proud of the defensive unit,” Springdale coach Chuck Wagner said.

Serra’s first-team offense competed against Springdale’s second-team defense throughout the fourth quarter, but failed to earn a first down.

“We also feel good about the reserves. They showed great pride and preserved the shutout,” Wagner said.

Springdale gave up 13 rushing and 43 passing yards to Serra.

“They were beating us up front,” Serra coach Jeff Barlock said. “They were very physical and fundamentally sound. They don’t arm tackle you, they put pads into you.”

Serra quarterback Tim Stash completed 5 of 16 passes but failed to lead the Eagles into Springdale territory until late in the second quarter.

Springdale got off to a fast start thanks to Mundekis, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound sophomore. On the Dynamos’ first offensive play, Mundekis gained 73 of his 134 yards by running up the middle and cutting right for a touchdown run that set the tempo for the game.

Mundekis hit the century mark in rushing yards early in the second quarter and soon added a 16-yard touchdown run to give Springdale a 21-0 lead.

Landers racked up 115 rushing yards including a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 27-0. Landers also caught two passes for 66 yards.

Springdale quarterback Jon Molnar completed 4 of 11 passes for 84 yards.

Molnar, who was under pressure from Serra’s pass rushers all afternoon, ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

“Wayne (Mundekis) and Mike (Landers) are getting better every game,” Wagner said. “Those two are maturing every game. The sky is the limit for both of them.”

Springdale continues conference play 1 p.m. Saturday at Wilkinsburg.

“Next week is as big as you can get at this point in the season,” Wagner said.

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