Thursday, August 21, 2014

Prexies flex muscles in 2014 debut


The word out of Wash High is the Prexies looked dominant against Uniontown last Saturday in the team’s first preseason scrimmage.

The offense looked unstoppable with large gains coming every play. I can’t say that I’m surprised. With a two-pronged attack in the backfield featuring senior Malik Wells and junior Jordan West, a team like Uniontown does not stand a chance.

The one thing the Prexies will need to do is pass the ball with consistency. Being a one-dimensional team can win a conference, but a WPIAL title in Class AA will require a passing attack that can keep defenses 
guessing.

Wash High has the potential with several speedy receivers who can turn a five-yard catch into a 20-yard gain. I did hear that the defense seemed out of synch in its first scrimmage, but that’s normal. Assignments will be fine-tuned in the Prexies’ second scrimmage Friday night against Albert Gallatin.

The one advantage this team has is its offensive line, which is extremely deep. Mount Pleasant also excelled in its first action at game speed, but the road to the Interstate Conference title runs through Washington.
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  •      The announcement of Quaker Valley senior quarterback Dane Jackson suffering an injury that will force him to miss at least the first three weeks of the season is good news for South Fayette. QV was a potential contender before the injury, but the Quakers face Keystone Oaks, South Park and South Allegheny in that span. I see them starting 0-2, which an insurmountable deficit with the Lions returning a ton of talent.
  •       Charleroi could be a sleeper in the Interstate Conference. New head coach Donnie Militzer has installed a spread offense that has a perfect technician in senior Matt Carr, who led the Cougars to victories at two passing camps this summer. Keep an eye out for junior tight end John Arnold, who stands at 6-9 and weighs 255 pounds. If he can be taught the finer points of the position, Arnold could be a nightmare in the red zone for opposing defenses.
  •        Beth-Center opens with Mapletown next Friday, which could be the Bulldogs’ best test of the season. The Maples have their best team in years that for a Class A program, is deep on the line and has proven players back. I still pick Beth-Center to win the Tri-County South with ease.
  •       Monessen and Charleroi scrimmage Friday night, which is one of the WPIAL’s oldest matchups. Can we please have this as a regular season game? As is the case with other teams in week two scrimmages, both will be playing plenty of freshman, which kills the buzz of the matchup. It should still make for a great atmosphere.


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