With all the hype surrounding the dedication of Jim Garry Stadium and all the returning alumni, it's easy to look past this game. It's going to be one of the key contests of the Black Hills Conference season.
Serra Catholic, the defending WPIAL Class A champs, lost by one to North Catholic in the opener. The Eagles bounced back with two blowout victories. True, the score against Burgettstown looked close but Serra nearly rushed for 400 yards.
Slowing the Eagles' ground game, led by quarterback T.J. Heatherington, will be key for Fort Cherry if the Rangers are to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in conference.
By now, it's known Fort Cherry can score points with quarterback David Phillips, a strong group of backs led by Nate Crossey and big-play receiver Josh Snatchko. I expect the Rangers will put some points up in this contest.
How well they defend Serra with an inexperienced defensive line will determine the outcome.