Monday, August 27, 2012

From Dugie's desk: Week 1 marching orders

Alright, so it's finally that time, the time to reveal the Observer-Reporter's Week 1 coverage plan for the first Friday night of high school football, "stolen" from the desk of sports editor Chris Dugan.

Not sure if I would expect this to be released so early in the week as the season goes on; in my experience, Week 1 assignments are always way early, then they gradually come closer to Friday as the seasons wears on.

Looks like I'll be grabbing a Grateful Dead disc for my ride to Greensburg:

Mackey: Washington at Greensburg Central Catholic, 7 p.m.
Joe Tuscano: Carmichaels at Jefferson-Morgan, 7 p.m.
Kevin Jacobson (stringer): McGuffey at South Fayette, 7 p.m.
Matt Shetler (stringer): Elizabeth Forward at Trinity, 7 p.m.

My game should be exciting because it pits a Washington team that loaded with skill players and should be very good this season against one of the perennial powers in Class AA.

Carmichaels and Jefferson-Morgan could battle it out for the Tri-County South title considering Monessen is now in the Class A Black Hills. And Jacobson's game is Ed Dalton's first at McGuffey -- good luck with that. Same goes for Ryan Coyle, who's taking Dalton's spot at Trinity and has a little easier task with Elizabeth Forward, though the Warriors did get a talented transfer from West Miffin in JaQuan Moore. Good dual-threat QB to watch.

*Editor's note: Had one small change ... Tuscano will now be covering EF/Trinity. Another stringer, David Floyd, will handle Carmichaels/Jefferson-Morgan.


  1. Week 1 is here. Hoping to see some familiar names since Mackey has taken over.

    Interesting picks for the Blackhills by the OR staff. I'm not as high on Imani as the OR panel.

    My predicted Standings:

    1: Clairton
    2: Brentwood
    3: Bishop Canevin
    4: Char Houston
    5: Monessen
    6: Carlynton
    7: Fort Cherry
    8: Imani Christian
    9: California
    10: Serra Catholic

  2. If Justice Rawlins stays healthy, and Chavas Rawlins performs, I have a really tough time seeing Monessen missing the playoffs.

    Brentwood (my alma mater) will be an interesting one to watch, too. Lots back.

  3. To me Brentwood & Clairton are the clear playoff teams(they may have a rematch at Heinz) and there isn't much seperation between Char Houston, Monessen, & Bishop Canevin. The last playoff spot just may come down to Gardner Points. I'm giving the nod to Char Houston at this point because they gave both Brentwood & Bishop Canevin all they could handle and let the games slip away at the end.

    Not ready to give Monessen the nod just yet. Gotta see how they perform against much stiffer competition. If they was in the TCS they'd be my clear #1 from that league. But giving up 65 to Springdale & 45 to Beth Center isn't exactly a dominating defense IMO.(and I understand they had a few injuries but still)

  4. And believe it or not I was a little impressed w/ Kaleb Susko's arm. He adds another dimension to Char Houston's Jet Sweep offense(whatever you call that lol)