Thanks to its 51-0 whitewashing of Southmoreland, Ringgold is 3-0 for the first time in a long time. The Varsity Letters was able to track game-by-game results for the Rams back to the 1997 season. So it's been at least since 1996 since Ringgold won its first three.
While the Rams haven't exactly defeated a murderers' row of opponents' - Peters Township, Albert Gallatin and Southmoreland, they've done what playoff-caliber teams do. Ringgold has beat teams it is supposed to beat, and done it in convincing fashion.
This week, Ringgold faces the toughest test any Class AAA team can face - it plays at Thomas Jefferson. Playing a competitive game against the Jaguars could go a long way.
* Speaking of Thomas Jefferson, the Jaguars never cease to amaze the Varsity Letters with their continued dominance.
* Trinity's body language after TJ jumped out to a 7-0 lead then secured its second fumble recovery was a tell-tale sign of how the remaining three quarters would unfold.
Trinity's players were clearly not interested. The Hillers have a lot of work to do heading into this Friday's game at undefeated Elizabeth Forward.
* Huge win for Canon-McMillan. Huge.
Shutting out Woodland Hills is exactly the type of victory C-M needs to establish itself as a contender. Granted it's a non-conference game, but holding a respected program such as Woodland Hills scoreless makes others notice.
Think of how Trinity's profile grew after beating Penn Hills in the playoffs a few years ago.
One thing the Big Macs do need is a little more offense and it's hard to believe that sentence was just typed considering the talent on that side of the football. They struggled at PCC and failed to score a touchdown against Woodland Hills. Shouldn't be much of a problem, but it is something to keep watching.
* Big night for the Great Southern Conference in general.
Canon-McMillan shut out Woodland Hills. Bethel Park beat North Hills and Upper St. Clair edged North Allegheny on a last-second play.
The Great Southern gained a huge measure of respect this weekend.
* Between Trinity and Wash High, the high school teams in the City of Washington were outscored 90-0 last night.
* Judging by the first three weeks, the Varsity Letters does not feel great about the postseason chances of most local teams.
In Class AAAA, Canon-McMillan will make the playoffs. Consider the Big Macs a sleeper team at this point. They are on the cusp, not quite there though.
In Class AAA, the same thing can be said about Trinity and Ringgold. Both fall in the sleeper category.
In Class AA, things are not looking great after McGuffey lost at home to East Allegheny.
In Class A, Fort Cherry and Chartiers-Houston look like legitimate challengers in the Black Hills Conference. Both are capable of long playoff runs. As for Beth-Center and Jefferson-Morgan in the Tri-County South, never count out those two hard-nosed teams.