Thursday, September 3, 2009
Week 1 – Games of the Week
No more scrimmages, two-a-days or discussions about the depth chart. The WPIAL football season kicks off Friday and the Varsity Letters is providing readers with the best local games to watch.
1. Canon-McMillan at Trinity
The Big Macs owned the previous two meetings but the Hillers believe this is their year. C-M features Penn State recruit and reigning Observer-Reporter Player of the Year Mike Hull. The Big Macs also have depth at receiver but are searching for the right combinations along the offensive and defensive lines. Trinity boasts Michigan recruit Ken Wilkins and linebacker Kyle McWreath, one of the WPIAL's top juniors. The Hillers must find ways to contain explosive running games to make a playoff run.
Also of note, this is the first game in the coverage area to kickoff at 7 p.m.
2. Monessen at Rochester
If Monessen is to climb into the elite of Class A, it starts with an impressive performance at perennial power Rochester. Last year, the Rams shut out the Greyhounds in a defensive battle.
3. McGuffey at Mt. Pleasant
File this into the "Not sure if you noticed" file but every full-timer on the O-R sports staff picked McGuffey to finish second to Greensburg Central Catholic in the always-tough Class AA Interstate Conference. In order for that to happen, the Highlanders must find a way to beat the Vikings on the road. Not an easy task.