Good morning, folks, and Happy Tuesday. Had a few leftovers from my game last night at South Fayette and figured I would share them here, as well as some links from the Observer-Reporter's coverage from last night's games.
On the surface, last night's non-section game between Wash High and South Fayette wasn't anything special, the same for most non-section games in late January. But there's more to a matchup between these two teams than that.
Players grew up together competing in Brownson House summer leagues. The schools' football teams met in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals. They were both trying to erase the stink from three-game losing streaks.
And while it would be easy to say this game could serve as a pivot point for Wash High -- it was hands-down the Prexies' best performance of the season -- what about where this takes South Fayette, which only 18 days ago had knocked off Montour and was tied for Chartiers Valley for the lead in Section 5-AAA?
"Probably," Lions coach Rich Bonnaure told me after the game. "We've showed signs."
Bonnaure brought up an excellent point, too. With a section that includes Chartiers Valley, Montour and Keystone Oaks, you're bound to have a letdown or down -- which I would qualify losing to South Park by 13 and Preston, W.Va. by 26 on consecutive nights; no shame in a four-point loss to Chartiers Valley.
"We knew with the schedule we would have some ups and downs," Bonnaure said. "The section is so tough. Seems like you have to get up every game in the section, then you fall flat a couple time out of the section."
Fair enough. And here are the promised links:
Wise, Wash High send message to South Fayette
Defense is best offense for McGuffey
Carmichaels girls get win, set up key section game
Charleroi at McGuffey photo slideshow