In honor of ... well ... nothing in particularly, really. Here are seven things that I think about Week 5.
1. Peters Township linebacker Matt Loether doesn't get enough credit. Kid has 41 tackles -- six for a loss -- to go with three sacks and two forced fumbles in four games, three of them wins. Running back Mike Minjock gets a lot of attention -- and rightfully so given his 66 carries for 531 yards and 11 total TDs. But Loether makes plays. Leader of the defense, too.
2. Avella's winning streak will continue this weekend, ironically as the Eagles (4-0) play a team that looks an awful lot like them circa 2008 in Geibel. Probably won't be close either. The Gators are struggling with numbers, and their coach quit. But give them a lot of credit for sticking it out.
3. At least two teams will have a good night on Friday: Canon-McMillan and Bentworth. Both are winless and have been outscored by a combined 313-61. But the Big Macs host winless Plum, and Bentworth welcomes 1-3 Vincentian, a first-year program whose only win came against Geibel. A Canon-McMillan win would snap a 20-game losing streak. Here's all in on both ...
4. Ringgold will upset West Mifflin. Yes, the Titans are undefeated, but look a bit closer and you'll see that their four wins have come against the bottom four teams in the Class AAA Big Nine Conference, who are a combined 2-12. Rams coach Matt Humbert will call me crazy for writing this but go with me here: Ringgold could also win out. They're at Albert Gallatin (0-4) and at Elizabeth Forward (2-2) before coming home to play Highlands (0-4) and Trinity (2-1). At minimum, that should be one heck of a Week 9 game.
5. I have a hunch that South Fayette may go to the ground during Friday night's game against Seton-La Salle. The Brumbaugh brothers, bonded by passing. Luke and Brett will square off in what everybody would expect to be a passing fest. So why not, if you're Lions coach Joe Rossi, throw a curveball. What the heck do I know, of course. But I wouldn't be shocked if Grant Fetchet (44-294-2) and Zach Walker (23-92-4) played larger roles.
6. Waynesburg could have an enjoyable two weeks -- and the Raiders should really take advantage. After games the next two weekends against Southmoreland (0-4) and Charleroi (0-4), Waynesburg closes at Yough, at home against Jeannette and at Wash High. Yikes.
7. Have a feeling Monessen will upset Bishop Canevin. Nothing against Canevin -- I know they returned a lot, Crusaders coach Bob Jacoby is one of the best, and they've been pegged as 1a to Clairton in the Class A Black Hills -- but I have a tough time seeing the Greyhounds (and specifically WVU recruit Chavas Rawlins) being bottled up two weeks in a row.