1. What a wild night for the Class A Black Hills Conference.
Fort Cherry scores 71, believed to be a school record. Clairton puts up 55. Serra Catholic totals 51 and Bentworth finishes with 50.
The winning teams averaged 56.8 points. Insane.
2. If things maintain, Beth-Center, Canon-McMillan, Fort Cherry and either Monessen or Carmichaels will host a home playoff game. That's a step up from last year when only Fort Cherry and Monessen played host in the opening round.
3. If Chartiers Valley loses all-purpose player Santino Coury for the season, Ringgold could possibly sneak into second place in the Big Seven Conference. Third place seems more likely, but it is a possibility.
4. Charleroi is much better than its 2-5 record. The Cougars have a stout defense, but one that wears down due to low numbers and the offenses trouble in putting up points.
Charleroi gets good production from the power-I and freshman tailback Quinten Briggs is a name to remember - expect him to join cousin Darrell Harding on the WPIAL's 4,000-yard career rushing list barring injury. The Cougars passing game, however, is unable to keep the opponent from being honest defensively.
5. Nice character win for Canon-McMillan. Trailing to Mt. Lebanon, the Big Macs do what they do best - run Mike Hull and Chad Hagan.
Ditto for Trinity.
When I heard the PA at McGuffey announce Trinity trailed West Mifflin 13-6 during the second quarter, I thought the Hillers season was in jeopardy. As the Varsity Letters stated before, Trinity always finds way to win after a loss.
6. In three games since his return, Joby Lapkowicz has thrown for 10 touchdowns. That's a decade's worth of touchdown passes for some schools.
7. If you haven't already, check out Chris Dugan's column about Avella football in today's Observer-Reporter. A very good read.
8. The Varsity Letters believes McGuffey will break its 14-year playoff drought this year.
9. The Avella football team deservedly is getting attention for sticking through a trying season. Maybe it's time to give the kids at Wash High some credit as well. The Prexies are low in numbers and low on wins. Last night's 67-8 loss at Jeannette was the worst in school history.
Seems so weird to type that sentence considering how strong the High has been over the years.