WPIAL Class AA semifinal capsule: South Fayette vs. Seton-La Salle
CLASS AA SEMIFINALS
NO 1 SOUTH FAYETTE (11-0) vs. NO. 5 SETON-LA SALLE (10-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Peters Township
Top-seeded South Fayette squares off against Century Conference rival Seton-La Salle in the Class AA semifinals Friday night at Peters Township.
South Fayette defeated the Rebels, 41-14, in Week 8 and has won four in a row against the Rebels, including a 31-7 win in last year’s quarterfinal round.
South Fayette is the two-time defending WPIAL Class AA champion and reigning PIAA champion. The Lions are riding a 27-game winning streak.
“In (Class) AA football, it begins and ends with South Fayette. They are the team that everyone is chasing,” said Damon Rosol, Seton-La Salle’s first-year coach. “After seeing them on film 11 times this year, one thing that they do, which is something you see out of high-level, championship programs, is capitalize on your mistakes and make you pay.
“Obviously, everyone around these parts knows about Brumbaugh, but his assortment of weapons are multi-talented, too. We can’t get caught up in the moment, so to speak, like we did last time. That game was a learning experience for us, and I like to think we are better for it. We are playing pretty well in all three phases of the game and need to ramp it up even more this week. In these types of games, every play is meaningful.”
No. 5 Seton-La Salle, like the Lions, employs a high-scoring offense. The Rebels are averaging 27.5 ppg.
“They’re a tremendous football team,” said Joe Rossi, South Fayette’s veteran coach. “They have outstanding skill players in (Danzel) McKinley-Lewis and (Paris) Ford, and their quarterback is a two-year starter.”
“They’re solid on both sides of the ball; they’re skilled at the linebacker position. They’re just a good team.”
The teams have been meeting annually in conference action since 2002. Seton-La Salle dominated the series until recently.
“We’ve played (Seton-La Salle) in the playoffs since 2011. We’ve had some great games with them,” said Rossi, whose team has scored 40 or more points 10 times this season.