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Sadler

Name: Jimmy Sadler

School: Chartiers-Houston

Sport: Football

Class: Senior

Sadler’s week: The 6-0, 175-pounder rushed for six touchdowns and 286 yards in a 41-14 victory over Waynesburg in a Class AA Century Conference game. The six touchdowns in a game and 286 rushing yards were the most in head coach Terry Fetsko’s 17-year career with the Bucs.

Sadler ran for touchdowns of 37, 1, 26, 28, 12 and 70 yards. His 286 yards came on just 18 carries.

“I never had a game like that,” said Sadler. “My mentality was to make every run count because I didn’t know if this was going to be my last game or not. I played 100 percent the whole game. The line was a big thing. They just kept calling my number.”

The half ended in a 14-14 tie but Sadler scored twice in the third quarter and two more times in the fourth to put the game away.

“That second half was fun, for sure” said Sadler.

Fetsko said Sadler is always a big part of the offense. He felt a game like this was just waiting to come out.

“He’s a focal point of the offense,” said Fetsko. “We were able to run the ball and he was picking up yardage and was having a great game. We kept feeding him the ball.”

Sadler has 685 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in seven games.

In Fetsko’s tenure, Brad Banas and Phil Henderson were 1,000 yards rushers in a season. Danny Lis had 926 rushing yards in his senior season.

Baseball is his sport: Sadler’s heroics in football doesn’t change his mind about his top sport: baseball.

Sadler is a shortstop for the Bucs and missed last spring because the coronavirus caused the season to be canceled. He received a partial scholarship to play at West Virginia University. He played on the Allegheny Pirates team in the fall league this year, hitting around .400, and is considered a rising prospect.

“The Allegheny Pirates are basically the Pirates scout team,” Sadler said. “I had fun; that was the main thing.”

Sadler’s schedule included three games each weekend. He also played for Team Ohio in a summer league.

“I’m hoping to get drafted out of high school,” said Sadler. “If I don’t get drafted out of high school, then I’ll go down and play for West Virginia University.”

Compiled by Joe Tuscano

Assistant Sports Editor

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling.

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