Jeannette, Pryor Dismantle Southmoreland

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A standing-room-only crowd of more than 3,000 fans jammed into Russ Grimm Field to see if upstart Southmoreland could handle quarterback Terrelle Pryor and No. 1 Jeannette.

And while Southmoreland (2-2, 2-1) was able to do some good things on offense, it was still no match for the powerful Jayhawks (4-0, 4-0).

Pryor rushed for 143 yards on three carries, rushed for three touchdowns, threw a touchdown pass and completed all seven of his passes for 171 yards, as Jeannette rolled to a 64-7 victory in a WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference game.

"We're fortunate that we have some great players," Jeannette coach Ray Reitz said. "We do have a lot of offensive weapons and we try to stay balanced."

Reserve running backs Dane Vaughn and James Derry even got into the action. Vaughn rushed for 119 yards on three carries and scored on runs of 65 and 47 yards, and Derry had 109 yards on four carries and scored on runs of 15 and 84 yards.

Jeannette outgained Southmoreland, 578-182, and the Jayhawks did all that in just 25 offensive plays.

"There is a reason they're No. 1 in the state," Southmoreland coach Brian Pritts said. "Not only do they have Terrelle, they have Jordan (Hall), Jerry (Harris) and Mike (Matt). They make you prepare for so many things. And their quickness on defense is tough to simulate."

Jeannette's defense set the tone early, when Moziah Harris blocked a Southmoreland punt on the Scotties' first possession. It took Jeannette four plays to score, as Pryor completed the 15-yard drive with a 5-yard run around right end. Derry caught a shovel pass from Shaw Sunder for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

Pryor raced 63 yards for a score later in the first quarter to up the Jeannette lead to 15-0. …