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Football: Second title is twice as nice for South Fayette

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the South Fayette football team.

2014 1218 SouthFayette Football(Photo: South Fayette teammates pose for photos after defeating Dunmore in the PIAA Class AA championship game at Hersheypark Stadium Saturday afternoon. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Numbers are soaring around the South Fayette football team at a historic pace.

There is the 32 consecutive wins, which is good enough for fourth longest in WPIAL history.

There are the 263 yards and 95-yard touchdown jaunt that junior running back Hunter Hayes put up in the PIAA championship game. There are the mulitple records senior quarterback Brett Brumbaugh has that makes him the most prolific passer in WPIAL history.

But it is a number as simple as two that holds the most meaning. It stands for the consecutive state championships the Lions have after defending their crown on Saturday in Hershey with a 28-16 come-from-behind victory against Dunmore."

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Football: South Fayette makes it back-to-back PIAA titles

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Craig Meyer covered Saturday's PIAA Class AA championship between South Fayette and Dunmore.

2014 1214 SouthFayette Football(Photo: South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh holds the championship trophy after defeating Dunmore in the PIAA class AA championship at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"HERSHEY, Pa. — With his team 5 yards from its end zone, Hunter Hayes stood in the backfield with a clear objective — gain a few yards and give South Fayette some breathing room in a game in which little had come easy for one of the state's most prolific high school offenses.

As he took the ball and bounced to the right side of his offensive line, he saw teammate Ryan Schmider throw a block on an outside linebacker, one that opened the kind of gaping hole that gave him wide eyes and a clear, uninterrupted path.

Playing against a team named the Bucks, the Hunter had cornered his prey and helped deliver his team the ultimate prize — a state championship.

A 95-yard touchdown run from Hayes in the third quarter, the longest such run in PIAA championship history, was the highlight of a game in which he rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns to lead South Fayette to a 28-16 victory against Dunmore in the Class AA final Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium."

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Football: Repeating won't be easy for South Fayette

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett previews Saturday's PIAA Class AA championship between South Fayette and Dunmore.

2014 1212 SouthFayette Football(Photo: South Fayette's Nick Ponikvar dives for yardage against Hickory in the PIAA class AA semifinal in Slippery Rock Saturday afternoon, December 6, 2014. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Jack Henzes is a former history teacher at Dunmore High School who also used to teach science and is now a driving instructor.

In football, Henzes has made his own history, the latest chapter focusing on driving his team to another state championship game.

When South Fayette (15-0) tries to retain its PIAA Class AA title Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium, the Eagles will face a coaching legend. Henzes is the second-winningest coach in Pennsylvania high school football history, having won 396 games in 48 seasons, the last 44 at Dunmore, located near Scranton. Berwick coach George Curry has won 446.

"What an unbelievable run he's had," South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. "We looked at the numbers. He started coaching [at Dunmore] in 1971. That's four years before I was born. That puts it into perspective for me. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.""

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Football: South Fayette boasts a strong defense, too

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the South Fayette football team.

2014 1211 SouthFayette Football(Photo: South Fayette's Ryan Schmider gets by Hickory's Joey DeJulia for a touchdown after he intercepted the ball in the PIAA Class AA semifinal at Slippery Rock Saturday afternoon. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"There is no disputing the fact South Fayette is on the cusp of reaching the zenith of PIAA Class AA football for the second consecutive year, largely because of its offensive prowess.

At least that's what most people believe.

After all, this is a Lions team that features senior quarterback Brett Brumbaugh, who Saturday in a state semifinal against District 10 champion Hickory became the PIAA's all-time career passing yardage leader, surpassing Port Allegany alumnus Matt Bodamer. His 10,984 yards and a current 31-game winning streak in which South Fayette has scored 1,394 points for an average of 45.0 per game are a testament to the offensive prowess this team musters every week.

This Lions team might be just as good defensively."