First, all four football teams with grass fields have moved to turf. Here's a list of the changes:
***No. 5 Monessen/No. 12 Apollo-Ridge will now be played at Charleroi
***No. 4 Jefferson-Morgan/No. 13 Neshannock has been shifted to Waynesburg High School
***No. 7 Beth-Center/No. 10 Union will be at California High School
***No. 3 Wash High/No. 14 Shady Side Academy will be at W&J's Cameron Stadium
Secondly, I've been waiting a couple weeks now to write something about Trinity RB Patrick Frey, who has quietly had one heck of a season. (Quietly, I guess, because we've been lucky enough to have 1,000-yard running backs this season named McKenzie, Minjock, Mundell, Duchi and Conti. But quiet ain't exactly Frey's running style, I know that.)
If we handed out a Comeback Player of the Year award, I'm pretty sure Frey would get it after suffering what I was told -- wasn't on the beat yet, but I was told numerous times about the gruesomeness of this injury -- was a pretty nasty leg injury.
Broken tibia. Broken fibula. A metal rod that was inserted in Frey's leg.
Nevertheless, Frey has returned to power the Trinity running game. Frey has 155 carries for 901 yards and 10 touchdowns this season for the Hillers, who were seeded No. 12 and will travel to Montour in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs on Friday night.
He has also run for more than 100 yards five times and averages 5.8 yards per carry.
"He's our go-to guy," said Trinity coach Ryan Coyle.
And the leg?
"It never bothers me now," Frey said after Trinity's 31-30 victory at Ringgold in double-overtime this past Saturday.
Frey carried a season-high 29 times -- I had 31, but I always defer to team stats -- against the Rams for 149 yards and a touchdown, including a key 6-yard run in overtime that set up QB Don McWreath's 1-yard touchdown run.
"It’s tough with Pat because he’s a two-way starter, like a lot of our guys are," Coyle said. "We’ve tried to get them in the mentality and physical condition to be able to go both ways. We tried to use Pat smartly on defense, so we could keep him fresh for offense.
"They took away some of our passing game with Corey [Hunsberger], which we’ve been successful with. So we had to go to running the football and spread it around to keep them honest. [Frey] came up big for us."