Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Short-handed GCC happy with win
Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 3:07 PM
“When you have so many guys out and guys playing different positions, you never know,” Thomas said. “We know we can play better, but we’ll take it after a short week.”
A short week, meaning four days of practice for the Centurions (8-2), who celebrated their first conference title in 12 years.
“We didn’t even practice Monday because we had 18 kids out sick,” Thomas said. “We couldn’t do much of anything.”
Thomas said the players tested and their ailment was flu-related, not covid-19. Even workouts Tuesday through Thursday were not at full strength.
“We had to wait to get some guys back,” he said. “We had so many come in and out. We’re glad to come out and get that win.”
Top of the mountain
The Cougars (3-7) had not won three games in a season since 2018.
It is the first winning season for the team since 2013.
Southmoreland clinched a playoff spot in Class 3A.
This is the first time in program history the Scotties have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
In a rush
Eight local players rushed for over 100 yards on the final Friday night of the regular season.
They included Robby Fulton of Latrobe (184 yards), Quinton Martin of Belle Vernon (174), Gino Caesar of Hempfield (157), Da’sjon Craggette of Greensburg Central Catholic (157), Robbie Labuda of Mt. Pleasant (155), Carson Heinle of Kiski Area (121), Connor Flemm of Kiski Area (112) and Amari Mack of Greensburg Central Catholic (112).
Martin scored five touchdowns, including an 80-yard run and two receptions, while Caesar and Labuda found the end zone three times.
Caesar had 33 carries.
Cody Rubrecht of Greensburg Salem did not reach 100 yards (he had 93), but he scored four TDs three ways — on two rushes, a punt return and an interception return.
He finished the season with over 1,000 yards rushing and passing.
About the Ws
GCC (8-2) finished the regular season with the most wins among Westmoreland teams.
Belle Vernon (7-2) and Ligonier Valley (7-3) were next, while Franklin Regional (6-4), Penn-Trafford (6-4), Latrobe (6-4), Burrell (6-4), Mt. Pleasant (6-4) and Monessen (6-4) all won a half-dozen games.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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