Lions roar past Imhotep, 41-0

Published Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 am (Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 am)

Prognosticators predicted a rout in the PIAA Class AA football championships. They were right. Only South Fayette, not Imhotep Charter, ran away with the title.

In recording their sixth shutout of the season, the Lions preserved their undefeated record (16-0) and claimed their first-ever state championship for football. In blanking the Panthers, 41-0, South Fayette shattered several records, including largest margin of victory for a state final in the AA classification.

“Everybody said (Imhotep Charter) was a great football team, but when you play with your heart, and play with these kinds of seniors, it’s something special,” South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. “Their minds were right the whole way.

“There’s nothing sweeter than this,” he added. “It’s just tremendous.”

Brett Brumbaugh and Justin Watson were tremendous as they established new Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League single-season records for passing (3,917) and receiving yards (1568). They hooked up for two pivotal scoring strikes that staked the Lions to a 21-0 advantage 15 seconds into the second stanza.

Brumbaugh completed 18 of 25 aerials for 299 yards. He tossed TD strikes of 6 and 64 yards to Watson as well as a 53-yard score to Logan Sharp, all in the first half. Watson finished with six receptions for 126 yards while Conner Beck followed with six grabs for 73 yards. Beck also intercepted a pass and returned the pick for a 46-yard scoring, staking the Lions to a 35-0 halftime lead. Sharp finished with three catches for 83 yards.

JJ Walker and Grant Fetchet rushed for 4- and 10-yard touchdowns to cap the Lions’ scoring.

Imhotep Charter, which was flagged for a state championship record 16 penalties for 64 yards, finished the season at 13-3 overall. The Panthers, who had entered the game averaging 47.1 points and 303 yards rushing, were limited to 23 yards on the ground. Andre Dreuitt-Parks completed 8 of 18 pass attempts for 125 yards.

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