Last week's slate, full of promise on paper, primarily delivered a bunch of blowouts. Fort Cherry at Bentworth and Woodland Hills at Canon-McMillan proved competition and worth the price of the ticket - possibly even worth braving the torrential rains, like the ones drenching Hiller Field last Friday.
With the fourth weekend, conference games abound. Here's the best of the bunch:
1. (tie) Beth-Center at Jefferson-Morgan (4 stars)
These two neighbors meet annually. It's also a hotly contested game and now that both are in the Tri-County South Conference, a lot more is up for grabs. Beth-Center (2-1, 1-0) is fresh off a blowout and looks ready to contend. Jefferson-Morgan (3-0, 1-0) has found a way to remain competitive despite last year's large senior class. For those in the mood for atmosphere, if you have never attended a game at J-M's Parker Field, check it out.
Monessen is still the team to beat in the conference. This game could determine second place or a possible conference champion.
Serra Catholic at Fort Cherry (4 stars)
Fans of tradition will want to be at Fort Cherry as several alumni will be on hand to watch the dedication of Jim Garry Stadium. It's going to be a special night in the McDonald area.
Also, these are two of the better teams in Class A at this point. A Fort Cherry win legitimizes the Rangers as contenders.
2. Trinity at Elizabeth Forward (3 stars)
At 1-2 overall and 0-1 in conference, Trinity can not afford to fall further behind in the Class AAA Big Seven. The Hillers must find their power offense and grind it out against an undefeated Elizabeth Forward.
3. Ringgold at Thomas Jefferson (2 3/4 stars)
This Big Seven game between undefeated Ringgold and powerhouse Thomas Jefferson may provide a glimpse into the remaining five games for the Rams.
TJ is the prohibitive favorite but if Ringgold can makes things competitive ... well, let's wait and see. TJ looks absolutely dominant.