New Castle News


November 2, 2012

WPIAL Football Playoffs: Union ready to battle Beth-Center



Gino Faieta, a 6-foot-3, 226- pound junior quarterback, paces the Bulldogs attack. Faieta is 59 of 108 through the air for 817 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

“He has a good arm,” Robinson said of Faieta. “He has good control of the offense and talented skill people around him.

“He’s a pocket guy. He drops back and he can see the field very well, that’s for sure.”

Robinson said Faieta can attack a defense in multiple fashions through the air.

“He can throw it short and he can throw it long,” Robinson said. “He likes to throw the deep ball.

“He’s mobile, too. He can bootleg.”

Anthony Gilpin, a 6-0, 158-pound senior tight end, has 16 receptions for 340 yards. Matt Riggle, a 5-9, 170-pound junior running back, has 16 catches as well for 150 yards.

“They spread the ball around so much,” Robinson said. “Gilpin is pretty good and so are the other guys.”

Cody Durant has a team-best 685 rushing yards for Beth-Center (8-1) on 75 carries. He has 14 touchdowns as well.

“We’ve seen quite a bit of him; he’s one of their top playmakers,” Robinson said. “They like to get him in space. He’s a guy that has to be hit and hit with authority.

“We need to get on him real quick. Wrap up and get him to the ground quickly. He can definitely spin out of tackles and he has a lot of quickness.”

Union’s biggest test might be on both sides of the line.

“They’re big and they can get the power game going,” Robinson said. “We have to teach our linemen to be aggressive and get on the ball.

“Their running game is their strength. We’re going to have to be ready right from the start. They like to get on you right away and make you play from behind.”

The Bulldogs, champions of the Tri-County South Conference, are outscoring the opposition, 40.1-5.1.

“They play multiple fronts defensively,” Robinson said. “They look like a 4-3, a 3-3-4 stack. They’ll play variations of the 50. They try to confuse you with what they’re doing on defense.”

Beth-Center reached the WPIAL playoffs last year, but dropped a 33-14 decision at home to Fort Cherry. Two of last year’s statistical leaders — quarterback Sal Faieta (Gino’s brother) and running back Jake Sofran — graduated.

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