Welcome to the Class A playoff party Beth-Center.
Even though I picked the Bulldogs to finish second to Monessen in the Tri-County South and to beat Jefferson-Morgan Friday night, can't say I expected a 48-0 whitewashing.
Word on the street is B-C is the most underrated team in Class A and Jeff Tarley is the classification's best runner that you have yet to hear about.
The Bulldogs lost their opener at Carlynton, a game they led 21-0 before everything that could go wrong, went wrong. They shrugged off that and blew out the last three opponents.
The Varsity Letters is looking forward to Beth-Center's home game against Monessen Friday night. The Greyhounds haven't scored a point against a good team this year.
And hats off to Beth-Center. Any time a four-place finish (like last year) is a down year for a football team, it's one heckuva football program.
* As many big plays as Fort Cherry made during its 41-24 win against Serra Catholic, the Rangers defense was the most impressive aspect of the victory.
Fort Cherry's secondary eliminated the big-play passes of quarterback T.J. Heatherington, the shiftiest runner I've seen this year, by far. The defensive line played superior football after halftime, which allowed outside linebackers Gary Keifer and Sam Guidi make big tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
* Congratulations to FC's Derric Stankus, who scored a career-high four touchdowns on the day his grandmother died.
Considering his performance and the Jim Garry Stadium dedication, did anyone else attending the game feel like higher forced were at work? I sure did.
* In my humble opinion, two conference championships will be determined this Friday when Fort Cherry travels to Clairton (Black Hills) and Monessen plays at Beth-Center (Tri-County South).
* What's going on with the Canon-McMillan offense? If memory serves correct, one touchdown in three games. Four turnovers against Butler is not a winning road formula.
* Big bounce-back win for Trinity. It re-established the Hillers as one of the top three teams in the Class AAA Big Seven.
Speaking of big games, Trinity plays a huge one Friday night against Chartiers Valley.
* Add McGuffey to the list of teams with an impressive bounce-back victory.
* Clairton plays Fort Cherry and Chartiers-Houston in consecutive weeks.
The Rangers and Bucs are playoff teams for certain. How well they play against Clairton could demonstrate how long each enjoys the postseason.
Clairton and Rochester are the big boys in Class A. Right now, Fort Cherry and Chartiers-Houston are Nos. 3 and 4.