Only four games remain in the regular season. Each week climbs in significance. This week is no exception.
The Varsity Letters is looking forward to these Friday matchups:
1. Clairton at Chartiers-Houston (4 stars)
OK, we know Clairton is manhandling opponents. We know the Bears are, by far, the fastest team in Class A. We realize they are good enough to give some Class AAA and AA schools a good game.
Right now, the only thing standing in the way of a Black Hills Conference championship for undefeated Clairton is undefeated Chartiers-Houston.
The Bucs, off to their best start in years, want to take away the big play. Against Clairton, that's not easy. If C-H can accomplish that major task, expect a competitive game.
2. Ringgold at Chartiers Valley (3.75 stars)
Not many people outside the Ringgold locker room figured the Rams would have an opportunity to finish second in the Class AAA Big Seven. Beating a very good Chartiers Valley team would be the biggest step in making that happen.
Last week, Ringgold quarterback Shane Mountain threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns. He'll need similar production and Ringgold will need big plays from Simon Bekavac and Jake Spaziani to curtail the Colts' high-powered offense.
The Varsity Letters has been on the CV bandwagon for weeks. Both teams are better than people think.
3. California at Carmichaels (3.5 stars)
Anytime these two tangle, whether it's baseball, basketball or football, postseason implications follow.
This one could determine second place in the Tri-County South if Monessen continues to struggle.
California runs a balanced offense - Winston Clements is a big-time end zone threat - while Carmichaels is pass happy. The Mikes finally have senior quarterback Joby Lapkowicz back. His big-game experience could come in handy.
4. Jeannette at McGuffey (3 stars)
Last week, Charleroi became the first team to score against Jeannette. Yep, without Terrelle Pryor, the Jayhawks are still a viable championship contender.
McGuffey helped itself last week by beating South Allegheny. Plus, the Highlanders turned in a competitive performance at Greensburg Central Catholic.
5. Peters Township at Mt. Lebanon (2.5 stars)
At 1-0 in the Great Southern Conference, Peters Township can basically clinch a Quad-A playoff berth with a victory at winless Mt. Lebanon. (How weird does that sound?)
The Indians are improving behind sophomore quarterback Austin Hancock, who has found a reliable receiver in Brandon Hoffman.