Checking in a final time with thoughts and observations on local high school football.
Friday night Trinity coach Ed Dalton said that, for whatever reasons, the Hillers "can't seem to get over the hump." And he's right. They can't win the big one. Here's one possible reason - team speed.
Trinity football players need to get over to the track team this spring. Few teams are as strong as Trinity and I've never seen a group look as imposing coming off the bus. But when it comes time to play, Trinity lacks speed. That was evident last night.
Montour won the game because it was more physical than Trinity, but also because the Spartans had superior speed.
Wasn't overly impressed with Montour's offense, though I think QB Edgar Banks is a premier playmaker, but the Spartans defense should carry the team to the WPIAL championship game. And teams that play defense like that always have a chance to win titles.
The varsity football careers of Andrew Sweat and Mike Yancich, the two most heavily recruited players in Trinity history, came to an end last night. Both played superior defense. Both will be solid college football players. I truly believe Sweat has a chance to play Sundays and guys like Yancich come around about once a lifetime. Yancich has the speed and strength to make a big-time impact at the next level.
Congrats to Monessen on win No. 600 - no sweeter way to get it - and advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 1996. The Greyhounds are 11-0. 11-0! That's impressive, but not as impressive as Serra Catholic, their opponent in the semis.
Local football is coming to an end but that does not mean the Varsity Letters will stop. Keep checking in as, this week, my all-time all-star team from my time at the O-R will be published. Also, we'll be talking soccer, basketball, heck, we'll even hit up rifle.