Friday, September 19, 2008

What to watch, Serra Catholic at Fort Cherry

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.


Anonymous said...

yah 3-0 is sure 3-0 for Ringgold. It makes a big difference when your no longer playing AG and Southmoreland. Friday nights loss added to Jeff Petrucci's poor coaching performances. People can say whatever they want about the 41-7 score, but Ringgold was only down 13-7 at half ( should of been winning 7-6) and low and behold Petrucci comes out in the 2nd half with absolutely no adjustments. On the other hand, Cherpak took Petrucci to school, not only did he make adjustments, he made adjustments that limited Ringgold to barely any positive yards in the 2nd half. If Cherpak was coaching Ringgold last night, Ringgold blows out TJ. TJ is not the TJ of the past few years, they are still good, but they are GREAT because of their coach and Ringgold is just as good talent wise, but absolutely terrible when you mix their coach into it.

mike_kovak said...

" If Cherpak was coaching Ringgold last night, Ringgold blows out TJ. TJ is not the TJ of the past few years"

No way.

Anonymous said...

Cherpak has schooled alot of other coaches. Give TJ what they deserve. Big kudos for their team again this year. Is it that hard to admit that they are awesome? If memory serves me right, Trinity was tied at halftime last year with TJ. Quite a nationally televised game to watch. Of course TJ ended up with the win. They are an unbelievable opponent. Even if you can't stand your coach it may be best to let the kids that play for him gather their own opinion. Kids have true honesty, unlike alot of adults.

mike_kovak said...

Cherpak is a great coach, in my opinion, the best in the WPIAL ...

but, Thomas Jefferson continually produces some of the best talent around. Each year, one or two seniors is a legit DI recruit. The Jaguars are well-prepared and always seem to have one of the best offensive and defensive lines in the state.

That's where games are won.