Saturday, September 1, 2007

Friday night lights, Week 1

The opening week of high school football never ceases to surprise. Here's a few random thoughts from the Friday that was:

1. Congrats to West Greene and first-year head coach Charles Harris. The Pioneers engineered a come-from-behind 19-18 win over Chartiers-Houston in Harris' head-coaching debut. The Bucs have been pegged as a playoff team out of the Black Hills Conference, so this win is sweet and surprising.

2. Look out Quad-A. Canon-McMillan romped all over Trinity, a team I still believe can make some noise in Class AAA despite this dispappointing showing. The Big Macs have the coaching, they have as much speed as any team in the WPIAL, a good quarterback, strong offensive line, same thing up front on the defense and there is no way there is a better sophomore in the WPIAL than Mike Hull. He's the area's next superstar and C-M is going to be playing in the postseason.

3. Don't panic Trinity. True, a 34-13 loss was not expected (hey, even I picked the Hillers to win). This loss should truly test Trinity's leadership. Teams of the past would be headed for a 3-7 season. These guys have the talent to regroup. It's up to the senior leadership to ensure it happens.

4. I like the way Waynesburg plays defense. It's going to take some time for all those underclassmen to get used to playing Scott Orndoff's new offense.

5. Wash High QB Chad Smith threw a football 45 yards across his body while rolling left Friday night at Waynesburg. Colleges need to check this guy out.

6. College should also look into Prexies receiver Ramonte Barfield.

7. Clairton 41, Jefferson-Morgan 2. Sounds lopsided but the Rockets may be one of the few teams to score against Clairton this year. Yep, the Bears are that good.

8. Peters Township QB Tyler Porco looked impressive throwing the football. South Fayette QB Jon Taglianetti looked good running the ball.

9. Isn't it amazing how Beth-Center always finds ways to win?

10. Losing to Geibel is never a good thing.

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