Normally, Friday night thoughts begins with an observation. This week starts with a question.
Who will coach Trinity during next Friday's game at Belle Vernon?
Head coach Ed Dalton was ejected during the first half of Friday's shutout loss to Chartiers Valley following his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. According to rule, anyone ejected from a game must sit out the following week.
* How good is Clairton?
Spoke with a writer who covered the game and he said Fort Cherry played pretty well considering the competition. Clairton won, 55-7.
Clairton is very good and the Bears will take over the top spot in the Observer-Reporter WPIAL Class A rankings.
** The Varsity Letters came away impressed with the overall effort of Beth-Center.
The Bulldogs, baring a major slip, put a stranglehold on the Tri-County South Conference with their 35-13 victory over Monessen.
Sophomore Jeff Tarley and Joshua Lockett, a transfer from T.C. Williams High School of Remember the Titans fame, combine for a dynamic, durable backfield.
Still, the straw that stirs Beth-Center's drink is senior quarterback Dom Moore, who follow the coaches' game plan to near perfection. Moore is one of the toughest players the Varsity Letters has seen this year.
*** Big wins for a couple big-name schools.
Canon-McMillan, which couldn't score at Butler, puts up 28 on stingy Upper St. Clair. Big, big win for the Big Macs and it rekindles conference championship possibilities.
Peters Township also scored with a 9-6 win over Baldwin. If the Indians can beat a winless Mt. Lebanon, they'll make the playoffs in their first year back in Quad-A.
Wash High might not make the playoffs but picking up its first win has to be a sigh of relief for the Prexies.
McGuffey should be able to finish fourth in the Interstate Conference after whipping South Allegheny.
**** Ringgold quarterback Shane Mountain threw for 340 yards in the Rams' comeback victory over Elizabeth Forward.
At 4-1, Ringgold looks more like a playoff team every week. If the Rams can beat Trinity, they could finish third in the Big Seven Conference.
***** Chartiers-Houston certainly made a statement by winning big at Frazier in a game the Varsity Letters figured to be much closer.
At 3-0, 5-0, C-H is off to its best start in years.
Up next? Clairton.
****** Finally, it's good to see Carmichaels senior Joby Lapkowicz return from a broken ankle suffered while sliding awkwardly into home plate during the Mikes win over Serra Catholic in the PIAA Class A baseball semifinals.
Lapkowicz is one of the better multi-sport athletes around and I'm sure Mikes fans were happy to see him throw for 281 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Jefferson-Morgan.