In its bid to conquer a third straight undefeated opponent, West Catholic's defense needs to switch gears.

In the PIAA Class AA state quarterfinals and semifinals, the Burrs ousted a pair of run-oriented foes. Next up, in a championship game noon Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium, is pass-happy South Fayette.

Lions quarterback Christian Brumbaugh, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior ticketed for William and Mary, has completed 226 of 339 passes for 3,615 yards and 50 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

South Fayette, the District 7 champion, is located in McDonald, about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Here is a closer look at the game:

Coaches. South Fayette's Joe Rossi owns a 61-33 record (.649 winning percentage) in nine seasons. Before taking over the Lions, he coached at District 7's Riverview, a Class A school. In 12 seasons with the Burrs, Brian Fluck is 108-49 (.688).

TV. The game will be televised live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

Quick facts. In the Class AA state basketball final last March, South Fayette nipped Strawberry Mansion, 49-47. After dropping two of its first three football games, West has won 11 straight by a combined score of 450-94.

Mad bomber. For his career, Brumbaugh has thrown for 7,052 yards, a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League record, and 86 TDs. Last week, in a 49-12 romp over Forest Hills, he was 21 of 31 for 362 yards and six TDs.

Quality slasher. West's Brandon Hollomon, a 5-11, 155-pound senior tailback, has carried 127 times for 1,444 yards and 17 TDs. With 3,151 career yards, he is 8 yards shy of his brother Rob's school mark.

Spread attack. The Lions' pro-style offense is also spurred by 5-11, 175-pound senior halfback Jeff Davis, who has carried 197 times for 1,555 yards and 15 TDs. Fullback Trevor Fiorentini, a 5-10, 210-pound junior, has rushed 30 times for 265 yards and six scores.

Stifling unit. West's defense, yielding 9.8 points per game, is led by end Jim Lynch (82 tackles), inside linebackers Kevin Burns (97) and T.J. Waters (69), and outside linebacker Anthony McDonnaugh (57).

Receiving threats. Brumbaugh's top targets are Tyler Challingsworth (71 catches for 1,047 yards, nine TDs), Davis (48 for 738, 10), Josh Patterson (37 for 601, 13), and Zach Hollingsworth (36 for 792, 11).

Special teams. On kick returns, Davis and Challingsworth are both averaging 27.8 yards. Tyler Lee has booted three field goals and hit 75 of 82 extra-point attempts.

Analysis. Brumbaugh, able to connect on passes all over the field, has the arm to expose a secondary's weaknesses. West, though, has the speed and athleticism to counter a full-fledged aerial assault. With 205 yards and four scores from Hollomon, the Burrs win a wild one.

Pick: West, 35-31.

Projected Starters for West Catholic and S. Fayette

South Fayette (15-0)

OFFENSE

No.   Player   Pos.   Ht.   Wt.   Yr.   

21   Tyler Challingsworth   WR   6-0   165   Sr.

73   Nick Faraci   LT   6-2   285   Sr.

69   Tyler Chabalie   LG   6-0   240   Sr.

62   Kevin Hitlan   C   6-1   195   Jr.

57   John Schwab   RG   5-11   240   Sr.

60   Sean Lacinski   RT   6-3   285   Jr.

17   Eric Myers   TE   6-1   205   Sr.

12   Josh Patterson   WR   6-0   165   Sr.

10   Zach Challingsworth   WR   6-3   175   Jr.

7   Christian Brumbaugh   QB   6-4   200   Sr.

24   Jeff Davis   RB   5-11   175   Sr.

DEFENSE

66   Luke Mortensen   DE   5-10   190   Sr.

73   Nick Faraci   DT   6-2   285   Sr.

61   Nick Guyan   DT   5-11   210   Jr.

44   Brian Haney   DE   6-0   150   Sr.

1   Tanner Courtad   OLB   6-4   205   Sr.

11   Zach Fisher   OLB   6-0   180   Sr.

17   Eric Myers   ILB   6-1   205   Sr.

25   Trevor Fiorentini   ILB   5-10   210   Jr.

29   Ben Meredith   CB   5-8   145   Sr.

3   Mike Fetchet   CB   6-0   150   So.

21   Tyler Challingsworth   FS   6-0   165   Sr.

West Catholic (12-2)

OFFENSE

No.   Player   Pos.   Ht.   Wt.   Yr.

10   Quran Kent   WR   5-7   155   Sr.

75   Rodney Linder   LT   6-0   275   Sr.

51   T.J. Waters   LG   6-3   215   Jr.

64   Dom DiGalbo   C   6-4   255   Jr.

52   Mike Makor   RG   6-3   310   Jr.

55   Eric Wyant   RT   6-3   225   Jr.

41   Jim Lynch   TE   6-4   210   Sr.

7   Jaelen Strong-Rankin   WR   6-4   190   Sr.

6   Anthony Reid   QB   6-1   185   Sr.

23   Dion Givens   FB   5-11   190   Sr.

21   Brandon Hollomon   HB   5-11   155   Sr.

DEFENSE

41   Jim Lynch   DE   6-4   210   Sr.

64   Dom DiGalbo   NG   6-4   255   Jr.

42   Kris Padgett   DE   6-4   210   Sr.

49   Tristin Freeman   OLB   6-0   210   Jr.

51   T.J. Waters   ILB   6-3   215   Jr.

56   Kevin Burns   ILB   5-11   175   Sr.

18   A. McDonnaugh   OLB   6-2   215   Sr.

14   Blaize Schieler   CB   5-10   150   Jr.

21   Brandon Hollomon   CB   5-11   155   Sr.

11   Kevin Malone   FS   5-11   170   Jr.

9   Dave Sherman   SS   5-11   180   Sr.

- Rick O'Brien

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