Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unbeaten Start Has Burgettstown Juiced Blue Devils Go 3-0 for First Time since 2000, Tied for Century Lead

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unbeaten Start Has Burgettstown Juiced Blue Devils Go 3-0 for First Time since 2000, Tied for Century Lead

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Matt Taylor knows things are going well when he looks at his sideline and sees some familiar faces observing the Blue Devils second-teamers on the field.

"When the starters are out in the third and fourth quarters, good things are happening," said Taylor, in his eighth season as head coach of the Burgettstown Area High School football team. "We're one of the few teams that are 3-0."

It's the first time since 2000 that the Blue Devils have won their first three games.

Burgettstown took its third game in as many decisions under sunny skies on Saturday afternoon with a 26-6 Class AA Century Conference victory against South Allegheny.

The Blue Devils have two more home games this season, and both will be played on Saturday afternoons since the four poles supporting the lights at venerable Hill Memorial Stadium were deemed unsafe.

"We're hoping [Saturday afternoon football] is in place for one year," Taylor said. "It's my job to make sure [the team] is prepared."

So far, Taylor's plans have worked. Burgettstown captured non- conference victories against South Side Beaver, 33-7, and Deer Lakes, 54-14, before earning that 20-point win against South Allegheny. The Blue Devils' next game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Steel Valley's Campbell Field.

Taylor is at his happiest when Burgettstown embarks on a time- consuming drive that results in a touchdown.

"It really demoralizes [an opponent] when you have an 11- to 13- play drive that takes up a lot of time," the coach said. "But we've also had some quick strikes that were set up when the defense forced some turnovers."

The most potent weapon in the Blue Devils' arsenal has been John Dugas, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior tailback. Dugas rushed for 105 yards and raced 35 yards for the opening score this past Saturday. He has rushed for 298 yards, an average of just under 100 yards a game.

Taylor is pleased with Dugas' versatility. …

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