The opening week of the high school football season saw its share of surprises:
® Waynesburg, winless a year ago, won at Wash High.
® McGuffey shut out Mt. Pleasant, which won a Class AAA conference in 2007.
® Monessen suffered from turnoveritis.
What will happen during the second weekend of high school football? We won't know until after the games are played. Here's the ones the Varsity Letters wants to see:
1. Canon-McMillan vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic at Carnegie Mellon University (4 1/2 stars)
This Quad-A non-conference contest kicks off Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. PCC won PIAA and WPIAL titles a year ago but lost several top players to graduation. A few of this year's starters – including starting quarterback Nolan Krivijanski – are injured. This game is more important for C-M. Beating a tradition Quad-A power could establish the Big Macs as a championship contender.
2. Clairton at Monessen (4 stars)
Last week, Monessen was shut out at home by Rochester in a game many believe will be a WPIAL Class A championship preview. This week, it does not get any easier for the Greyhounds as Clairton comes to town. Monessen must cut down on turnovers to have a chance.
3. McGuffey at Greensburg Central Catholic (3 1/2 stars)
McGuffey rolled Mt. Pleasant, 28-0, to open its season. Greensburg Central Catholic easily won at Charleroi. As usual, the Centurions are loaded with talent. They were last year too but that did not stop the Highlanders from pulling the Class AA upset of the year. If McGuffey wins again, it won't be as much of a surprise.