Trinity tramples Greensburg Salem
By Paul Schofield
Saturday, September 6, 2008
This was supposed to be a season of change for Greensburg Salem.
After spending two years in the Greater Allegheny Conference, which was expected to help the program rebound, Greensburg Salem moved back to the Keystone Conference and was hoping for better results.
The 0-2 start is far from what Greensburg Salem coach Casey Cavanaugh expected. About the only thing Cavanaugh knows about his team so far is that it's getting a lot of practice playing from behind.
Trinity (1-1) scored on its first three possessions, rolled up more than 390 yards of offense and cruised to a 31-13 victory over Greensburg Salem on Friday night in a non-conference game at Hiller Field in Washington.
In last week's season opener, Hempfield roared to a big lead before Greensburg Salem made a fourth-quarter comeback in a 27-20 loss.
"We can't play from behind and expect to win," Cavanaugh said. "We didn't have a healthy fullback, and that limited what we wanted to do offensively. We were hoping to perform a lot better."
Greensburg Salem didn't help its own cause, committing costly penalties (five for 54 yards) and allowing long returns and big runs.
Trinity junior tailback Dan Miller ended the opening drive of the game by scoring on a 1-yard run. The TD capped a 53-yard, 11-play drive. Miller carried eight times during the drive for 57 yards. He finished with 134 yards on 21 carries
The Hillers made the score 12-0 on their next possession, as quarterback Andrew Steratore, the son of NFL official Gene Steratore, tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Joe Havrilak. That three-play drive started at the Greensburg Salem 40. Steratore completed 5-of-11 passes for 125 yards, including three to Alex Grey for 97 yards.
"We challenged the players after last week's loss at Canon-McMillan," Trinity coach Ed Dalton said. "We practiced twice on Monday, and we wanted to go right at them. We wanted to play Big 10 Conference football.
"Greensburg Salem came in with a good game plan, and I fully expect them to challenge for the Keystone Conference title. Our big offensive line dominated them."
Trinity also scored on its third possession, as senior fullback Zach Waters reached the end zone on a 12-yard run. Waters finished with 73 yards on 11 carries.
Greensburg Salem's offense was stymied by the Trinity defense, especially by junior defensive end Kenny Wilkens, who sacked Golden Lions quarterback Steve Fagert three times in the first half.
Mike Cleveland capped the first half by booting a 23-yard field goal to make the score 22-0 at the break.
Waters scored his second touchdown -- a 4-yard run in the third quarter -- to increase the lead to 29-0.
Greensburg Salem produced only 16 yard on offense in the first half.
Fagert, who set the school's single-game passing mark last week, played well in the second half. He tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Adam Short, who made a good adjustment near the goal line to make the catch.
Fagert also hit Drew Manley on a 20-yard scoring strike late in the fourth quarter. Overall, he completed 10-of-21 passes for 149 yards.
"The season starts next week for us," Cavanaugh said. "That's when the conference games begin, and we're 0-0. We have to find away to stop the run and win the battle of the field position. Right now, we're not doing that."
Greensburg Salem plays host to Albert Gallatin next Friday, while Trinity plays host to Thomas Jefferson.
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