Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murray Puts Big Hurt on Rebels Running Back Rushes for 196 Yards; Ironmen (4-0) Sprint to Victory

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murray Puts Big Hurt on Rebels Running Back Rushes for 196 Yards; Ironmen (4-0) Sprint to Victory

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Steel Valley coach Rod Steele pulled some sheets of paper from his pocket.

"We had a whole script of plays to run," Steele said.

But that script ended up on the editing floor. Steele eventually decided to ad-lib and this Class AA Century Conference showdown turned into DeWayne's World.

DeWayne Murray, Steel Valley's gifted junior running back, provided a happy ending to Steel Valley's script. He ran 21 times for 196 yards, got stronger as the game wore on and led Steel Valley to a 27-21 victory against Seton-LaSalle at Peters Township.

Murray (5 feet 8, 180 pounds) used his strength and speed to torture Seton-LaSalle's defense. He helped Steel Valley lift its record to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference while Seton-LaSalle dropped to 3-1 and 3-1.

"You start to get a feel for how the game is going and you don't need the script," said Steele. "I got a feel for how the game was going and just decided to start giving the ball to DeWayne. That was the feedback I was getting from upstairs [in the press box] and what I saw at field level. So, we just went with him."

Murray, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman and sophomore, had been bothered by an ankle injury the past two games, but Seton-LaSalle was the one that ended up hurting. His 47-yard touchdown run in the third quarter proved to be the difference in the game as it put the Ironmen ahead, 27-21. Seton-LaSalle made it 27-21 late in the third quarter on Lionel Deanes' 35-yard run, but the Rebels never seriously threatened again.

"I think DeWayne was the difference. He reminds me of Ray Zellars," said Steele, referring to a star running back at Oliver High who graduated in 1990 and then went on to play at Notre Dame and in the NFL. "DeWayne is a 325-pound bench-press guy. He squats over 500. He is just so strong. He was dragging people in this game."

Steel Valley's speed was the big difference in the game, as well as the Ironmen's defense which did not give up big plays to Seton- LaSalle receiver Paris Ford and Deanes. …

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