Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ready for Week 9?

Sorry for the brief intro here. Like the rest of this week, been running all over the place -- seemingly to McMurray a lot, not a trip to Chipotle in sight -- for non-high school football coverage. And more of the same tonight, as I'm covering Peters/Seneca Valley boys soccer.

I know this blog hasn't been bumping like it was the past few weeks, but there's been a lot of for-print coverage that has taken priority.

I trust, though, that you liked Bob Gregg's story today. I know I did. Gotta love people who are that into breaking down playoff scenarios. I am, but I think I like reading about them more than anything. Here's a link.

Before I run out the door, here's a look at Week 9 in the WPIAL. Will post the Week 9 statistical leaders and what we're covering tomorrow night when I get back.

Five to watch:

RB Shai McKenzie, Washington -- Can he win the WPIAL rushing title? With 116-1,578-24, he's currently 35 yards up on West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler, 43 on Burrell's Cole Bush. Should have plenty of room to run against Waynesburg (1-6, 1-7).

WR/RB/DB/KR Joey Wall, Ringgold -- When Ringgold was winning -- the Rams were 3-1 before losing three of four -- Wall was making plays. A lot of them. Two defensive scores against Laurel Highlands; three TDs against Albert Gallatin, all different ways. A similar performance would help against Trinity.

RB Demetrius Louis, Ringgold -- Has been hobbled with injuries since Week 5, but Ringgold coach Matt Humbert told me that he practiced all week and appears the healthiest he's been in weeks. If his groin/hamstring issues are behind him, look out.

QB Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette -- After a ho-hum week last week -- 10 of 22 for 142 and 2TD -- look for Brumbaugh to respond nicely against visiting South Allegheny. Back at home, on the turf, an outright conference title on the line ... lot to like there.

WR/RB/DB/P/KR Corey Hunsberger, Trinity -- Not the only jack of all trades on this list. (See Wall, Joey) But Trinity's playmaker has scored nine touchdowns five different ways. Ringgold will be keying on Trinity RB Patrick Frey (752 yards, 9 TDs), but if Hunsberger can make a few things happen ...

Game to watch (other than the GOTW): South Allegheny at South Fayette, Friday, 7
On paper, the Class AA Century Conference title is up for grabs between one team that's 7-0 (South Fayette), another that's 6-1 (South Allegheny). But think about this: South Allegheny lost to Seton-La Salle by 35; South Fayette beat the Rebels by 39. Seems a rather large difference there. Couple of milestone to watch, though. Lions WR Zach Challingsworth needs 139 yards for a 1,000-yard season, QB Brett Brumbaugh 56 for 2,000.

Team with the most to gain: Trinity
Easy one here. The Hillers can snag the No. 3 spot with a win over Ringgold ... but would likely miss the postseason with a loss. (Only way they can make it is if Albert Gallatin beats Belle Vernon, which isn't very likely.) Though much left scientific, Trinity has alternated win-loss-win-loss this season, and Friday, for what it's worth, extrapolates out to win.

Team with the most to lose: Peters Township
The obvious reference to Trinity making the playoffs noted, Peters Township is in a precarious spot, too. The easy way of doing things: win and get in. But if the Indians lose at Canon-Mac on Friday, they'll have to hope for the wild card spot in Class AAAA. And losing three straight and four of five doesn't exactly add a nice sparkle to that resume.

Sleeper pick of the weekend: Burgettstown
I don't know how much of a sleeper pick this is considering the Blue Devils host Keystone Oaks (1-7). But they're playing under the lights at B'town for the first time in two years thanks to a $61,000 fundraising effort to replace the light poles at Hill Memorial Stadium. And what better way for some of Burgettstown's seniors to end their careers with a win, under the lights, on Friday night? One of those seniors, WR Graham Lescallette, has 15 catches this season for 178 yards.

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