Random thoughts as Saturday morning quarterbacks scramble to fire coaches after double-digit victories.
How bout them Eagles?
Avella's 44-28 victory Friday night over Geibel Catholic in a non-conference game my not go down as one of the great wins in school history but it has to be one of the most satisfying.
The Eagles went into the year with 18 players dressed and 19 on the training camp roster. They also came into the year with a 27-game losing streak and were 1-51 in their previous 52 games.
During a visit to camp, Avella's players and coaches talked about winning one game and what that would mean for a program on the brink of extinction. The Eagles got that win and did so convincingly.
Congratulations Avella. The players and coaches deserve it.
* We all know about the considerable talents of Canon-McMillan senior Mike Hull, which were on display during Friday night's win at Trinity. What we didn't know was how well the Big Macs' other skill position players would perform under the lights.
Well, it sure looks like quarterback Zach Hoffman, running back Alex Adams and receiver Alec Schram are good football players. Hoffman made play after play during the first half to keep drives alive. Adams played like, well, a lot like Mike Hull. Schram, at 5-7, led C-M in rushing and receiving.
* Scratch the prediction about McGuffey finishing second in the Class AA Interstate Conference following its season-opening loss at Mt. Pleasant. To me, that was the most surprising result of the night.
McGuffey managed just 105 yards of offense in the 17-6 defeat. With games against Greensburg Central Catholic and Jeannette, finishing second will be difficult unless the offense gets going.
* I picked South Fayette to finish fourth in the Class AA Century Conference. While I may have overrated McGuffey, I may have underrated South Fayette based on its 34-6 victory over South Park.
How's this for production? Lions running back Jeff Davis has six carries for 118 yards and four touchdowns.
Of course, in a conference that includes Keystone Oaks, Seton-La Salle and Sto-Rox, finishing higher than fourth would be a nice achievement for a young South Fayette team.
* Beth-Center came into the year with new starters at quarterback, running back and fullback. The Bulldogs beat Carlynton, 24-6, last night behind a balanced offense. DeShan Brown rushed for 100 yards and Sal Faieta threw for 100.
Carlynton is far from a WPIAL power, that's not the point. What the Varsity Letters wants to say is that, over the past six to eight years, Beth-Center has been Washington County's most consistent football team and that's a tremendous credit to head coach Ed Woods and his coaching staff.
No matter the turnover, B-C wins and, more often than not, contends for conference championships. At a school with a declining enrollment, that's a difficult task.
* Trinity must get better play from its defensive line.
Part of it was the offensive schemes run by Canon-McMillan, the other part of it was being worn down by Mike Hull, but the Hillers front four struggled to make plays. They'll have to for Trinity to make an impact at the Class AAA level.
* Two of the last three games John Menhart has coached at Carmichaels have been against Fort Cherry.
Last night, the Mikes lost to the Rangers, 28-12. Back in 2002, Carmichaels crushed Fort Cherry in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals. That ended up being the last game coached by Jim Garry.
Menhart returned to coach the Mikes this year after Mike Bosnic took the post at Wash High.
* If Washington's offensive line plays as well as O-R sports writer Joe Tuscano said it did against Waynesburg, there's no reason for the Prexies not to compete with McGuffey, Mt. Pleasant and others for the final two playoff spots in the Interstate Conference.
Wash High always has the skill players. It needs the tough guys up front to go with them.