Christian BrumbaughThis week’s First Commonwealth Athlete of the Week is Christian Brumbaugh, a senior quarterback for the South Fayette football team.

What is the best way to follow one of the finest seasons, team and individual, in program history?  Do it again…and he did, capping off another stellar campaign by the Lions with another huge night on the stat sheet in what proved to be an easy playoff tune-up for the Century Conference champs.

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Brumbaugh showed once again why he is the leading passer in the WPIAL by completing a near-flawless 15 of 17 attempts for 205 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, then took a seat in the second half to enjoy South Fayette’s 48-13 rout of Quaker Valley last Friday.  The Senior Night victory marked the end of a second consecutive undefeated regular season by the Lions.

A 39-yard TD pass from Brumbaugh to Josh Patterson set an early tone for this Week 9 contest, giving South Fayette a 6-0 lead prior to Tyler Yee’s extra point, and he ended a 21-point first quarter by finding Trevor Fiorentini in the end zone from four yards out, which put the game out of reach.

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Brumbaugh hooked up with perhaps his favorite target, Tyler Challingsworth, for a 21-yard score in the second quarter.  Later in that frame, after a long scoring run by Jeff Davis and subsequent P.A.T. put the mercy rule into effect, Brumbaugh hit Davis with a 34-yard scoring strike to up the Lions’ comfortable advantage to 41-0.

The 2010 regular season saw Brumbaugh, one of the WPIAL career leaders, top District 7 by throwing for 2,034 yards, completing 139 of 207 passes in the process, which adds up to a 67.1 completion percentage.  Over the last two regular seasons he has hurled 50 TD passes, and the 27 he threw this year were the most in a regular season by a WPIAL quarterback since former Pitt QB Bill Stull threw 28 for Seton-LaSalle in 2004.

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Tune into the next edition of The Post-Gazette High School Football Show Presented by First Commonwealth Bank this Saturday morning, back at its regular time of 8:00-10:00, on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan and, as the Post-Gazette’s Mike White and MSA’s Don Rebel name our next First Commonwealth Athlete of the Week!