Thursday, September 20, 2012

From Dugie's desk: Week 4

A little late with this post. Preoccupied today with writing the Week 4 preview you'll read tomorrow, centered around Jefferson-Morgan at Avella, a game few thought would mean as much as it does.

It's also fairly interesting because it pits two very similar programs against one another -- as you'll find out if you buy a copy of Friday's Observer-Reporter.

But before we get to this week's marching orders, I wanted to write a little bit about Clairton senior Tyler Boyd's performance tonight at Monessen. In a word: wow. Boyd ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. He also completed two passes for 51 yards and caught two more for another 51 yards and a touchdown. He almost beat Monessen by himself.

Pitt coach Paul Chryst was there tonight, and I doubt it was because it didn't have anything better to do on a Thursday night. No doubt he was there -- hanging out quietly near the goal line on Clairton's side of the field -- to get an up-close look at Boyd, one of the WPIAL's top recruits and someone who's still on the market.

And can you blame Chryst for wanting to get a closer look? Watching Boyd run is incredible, enjoyable. The kid accelerates and kicks it into another gear when some runners are still trying to figure out where to go. Hands down one of the best players I've ever seen at this level ... and someone another writer before the game aptly compared to Terrelle Pryor.

OK, done with that. Onto what's shakin' for Friday:

Jefferson-Morgan at Avella, 7:30 p.m. -- Mackey
Washington at Yough, 7:30 p.m. -- New Castle native Joe Tuscano
Imani Christian at Chartiers-Houston, 7:30 p.m. -- Kevin Jacobsen
Thomas Jefferson at Trinity, 7:30 p.m. -- Matt Shetler

***Also, a reminder to PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send your team's stats my way (jmackey@observer-reporter) this weekend. Season stats through Week 4, please. We plan on running our first installment of the weekly leaders this week upcoming.


  1. Hold on a second ... Tuscano is from New Castle. I always thought he was from Parts Unknown.

    Never heard him mention a word about New Castle.

  2. Boyd is special. It was amazing how Monessen never bothered to touch the edge rushers all night. Chavis could never get his feet set. I think Bishop Canevin/CLairton game will be one to watch.