I also talked to Peters Township coach Rich Piccinini and a few players about the Indians' game Friday night against visiting Upper St. Clair. Conference rival. Geographic rival. And for once, for the first time in a long time, it means something, as both teams enter 2-0 overall, 2-0 in the Class AAAA Southeastern Conference.
Of course Peters Township also has an incredibly tough test Friday night ... which Piccinini knows full well given that he was the defensive backs coach at USC for two years before becoming the head coach at Peters prior to the 2011 season.
Plenty of storylines in this one, and I hope to provide you with a look at several over the next few days.
Until then, here are our marching orders for Friday night.
I'm also going to attach the "Other Top Games" section for my Friday story that may/may not appear in the print edition, depending on space.
Upper St. Clair (2-0, 2-0) at Peters Township (2-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. -- Yours truly
Charleroi (0-2, 0-2) at Washington (2-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. -- Chris Dugan, Greene County historian
Monessen (2-0, 2-0) at Fort Cherry (2-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. -- Kevin Jacobsen, freelancer
Ringgold (1-1, 1-1) at Belle Vernon (1-1, 1-1), 7:30 p.m -- Matt Shetler, freelancer
Other Top Games:
Class AA Century Conference
Steel Valley (2-0, 2-0) at South Fayette (2-0, 2-0), 7 – Maybe someone will finally be challenged. These two have outscored their four opponents by a combined 171-13. No seriously. Look it up.
Class A Black Hills
Monessen (2-0, 2-0) at Fort Cherry (2-0, 2-0), 7:30 – The Rangers are off to a surprising, undefeated start. Monessen passed a tough test last week, beating Brentwood by a touchdown despite having minus-19 yards of total offense in the second half.
Class A Tri-County South
Carmichaels (1-1, 1-1) at Beth-Center (2-0, 2-0), 7:30 – The Mikes get a well-rested team for the second week in a row; both Beth-Center and last week’s opponent, Frazier, had scheduled games against Geibel, which forfeited the first two weeks of the season.