First-place in the Tri-County South Conference is on the line tonight as Monessen travels to Beth-Center in one of the better games of the night.
The Bulldogs are new to the Tri-County but it did not take long before they established themselves as one of the elite teams in the conference. Beth-Center is very balanced offensively. Sophomore Jeff Tarley is off to a strong start, while classmate Joshua Lockett and freshman Deshan Brown provide big-play ability.
Then, add senior quarterback Dom Moore to the mix and it's a potent blend.
Moore is one of the more underrated players in Class A. He can run and throw, plus he's tough on defense. The guess here is his passing stats won't be much against Monessen's secondary, which boasts Division I prospect Sheldon Miller, one of the top juniors around.
The keys for the Bulldogs will be their ability to mix plays and run against Kevin Parker and Monessen's defensive line. I don't see B-C passing for more than 100 yards in this one.
As for Monessen, the talent needs to remain consistent in a tough environment. Beth-Center is a difficult place to play. Many good teams have traveled there and left losers.
Sophomore quarterback Terrance Stepoli could be key.
On paper, this looks like a close one. Great talent on both sides. And, as Monessen coach Andy Pacak told me Thursday, expect these two youthful teams to be a factor in Class A the next couple years.