Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Must see games, Week 4

A few must-win contests and an intriguing non-conference contest are the ones to watch Friday night.

1. Trinity at Chartiers Valley. The Colts looked good, real good, in lopsided wins over Moon and Peters Township but were shut out by Montour in Week 2. CV has speed and toughness. The Colts are a very tough matchup for Trinity, which plays its first conference game here. The Hillers rebounded from the Week 1 debacle with hard-fought wins over Blackhawk and Hampton, both quality opponents. The winner will challenge Thomas Jefferson for the Big Seven title.

2. California at Monessen. Cordero Jackson is dominating for the Greyhounds, who can actually throw the football with QB Adam Caputo. The last two years, Monessen has not been able to stop Donte Valentino and it must to win this game. The winner establishes itself as the team to beat in the Tri-County South.

3. Canon-McMillan at Shaler. Not a fan of non-conference games at this point, but it's Quad-A and that's how it goes. Canon-Mac rebounded from a blowout at Kiski with a record-setting performance against Latrobe. That game wasn't a test. Playing at 3-0 Shaler will be a big one. If C-M wins here, it might signify the team's biggest win since 2004. Then again, it might not mean much. The Great Southern is looking tougher than anticipated with Bethel Park playing extremely well and Mt. Lebanon overachieving.

Other games:
Class AAAA - Gateway at Norwin
Class AAA - Blackhawk at Hopewell, Montour at New Castle
Class AA - Valley at Ford City, South Fayette at South Park, Beaver Falls at Aliquippa
Class A - Nada. It's a weak slate for the small schools.


Lorenzo said...

California will be in a lot of trouble friday night if the team plays like they did against beth center. Even if they have a great player like donte valentino he cant do everything, he needs a little help from the offensive line this game. I predict it will be a good game IF california comes to play.

mike_kovak said...

I agree with you Lorenzo, Valentino can't beat a quality team like Monessen by himself.

I'm really starting to like the Greyhounds as a drakhorse in Class A. No team is anywhere near as talented as Clairton and until Serra can actually beat somebody, I'll never be sold on them.

So why can't the winner of this game be a title contender?

Monessen can run and throw. Caputo has close to 400 yards passing and that type of balance is rare at this level. This could be the year one of these teams sneaks into the championship game.

Lorenzo said...

Yes, i actually think that if one of these two teams can win out the rest of the season they do have a shot to go deep into the playoffs. Monessen can pass and run the ball very well, but i also think that all Donte needs is a block here and there and he can turn nothing into everything. Against beth center it was 11 against 1, and the game was still close. I actually felt bad for him haha. But you also have to take into consideration how much monessen will want to pass the ball with someone like donte playing safety. He will shut down your deep passing game quick. But we will see how the game goes.Im excited to see the outcome!If California wins this they will have won 3 out 4 against monessen in the past 4 years. That has NEVER happened!!!