Bethel Park football coach Brian DeLallo knows what his team has to do to emerge with a victory when it travels to South Fayette for a key Allegheny Six Conference football clash at 7 p.m. Oct. 8.
“We need to take care of the football, play great defense and solid special teams. Our offensive and defensive lines must also play well,” said BP Brian Delallo. “It’s cliche, I know, but that’s what we need to do.”
In the final tune-up before conference action, a 28-13 victory over Franklin Regional, BP flexed its muscle on the line. Zak Vincent, Anthony Celletti, Sam Sciullo, Braedon Del Duca, Toby D’Andrea, Aidan Campbell and Aidan Currie excelled.
“Our offensive line did a great job,” DeLallo said. “They opened holes in the run game and protected very well. Defensively, we played a strong game. Our kids are playing our base defense at a high level.”
Troy Volpatti got Bethel Park’s ground game in gear and Max Blanc was able to spread the ball around to multiple receivers.
Volpatti rushed for two touchdowns, measuring five and three yards.
After five games, Volpatti led the team with 378 rushing yards, for an 8.4-yard average per carry, and nine touchdowns. He also ranks second on the team with 14 receptions for 197 yards, behind Aidan Currie, who has 16 grabs for 255 yards.
Blanc completed 16 passes for 245 yards and scoring strikes of 42 yards to Jack Kirchner and seven yards to Joe Thimons against the Panthers.
Blanc ranked fifth in the WPIAL among quarterbacks with 59 completions for 901 yards and five touchdowns after Week 5.
In South Fayette, the Black Hawks must content with an equally balanced attack.
Landon Lutz controlled the offense in a 35-7 win against Latrobe. He completed 15 of 24 passes for 160 yards and three scoring strikes: two to Ryan Kovatch and one to Logan Harcarik.
In his first four starts, Lutz has completed 44 of his 71 passing attempts for 576 yards and six touchdowns. He has also rushed for four scores.
Logan Yater, who leads the team in receiving yards, had four catches while Harcarik had five against the Wildcats.
Nate Deanes dominates the ground game. A sophomore, he rushed for 105 yards and a 30-yard touchdown against Latrobe. For the season, he has 343 yards on 61 carries and 63 yards on five reception.
Deanes is also the team’s leading scorer, ahead of placekicker Justin Caputo, who has 17 extra points and one field goal.
“(South Fayette) always has a sophisticated passing game, but you can’t sleep on their run game,” DeLallo said. “Anytime a team is balanced, in terms of run and pass, they are more difficult to defend.
“We have a ton of respect for them, their players and their coaches.”