Pittsburgh Central Catholic at Canon-McMillan
Tonight's game will be broadcast live on PCN. ESPN Radio from Pittsburgh will be in attendance. That means this non-conference game carries significant interest outside the region.
And why not?
Pittsburgh Central Catholic is the state's top Class AAAA team according to the Patriot-News of Harrisburg. The Vikings, as usual, are loaded with talent. Sophomore running back Damian Jones-Moore, all 5-6 of him, rushed for 204 yards in the season opener. Canon-Mac must find a ways to limit his impact.
I want to see how Canon-McMillan's offensive line handles PCC's defensive front. The five new starters performed well against Trinity as the Big Macs rushed for over 300 yards.
East Allegheny at Charleroi
One thing that sets WPIAL football apart from other regions across the country is tradition and some of the proud Cougars tradition will be on display tonight.
Members of Charleroi's 1959 WPIAL Class AAA championship team will be honored in a pregame ceremony. How good were those Cougars? Well, nine starters went on to play Division I football.
Both teams may be 0-1 but East A played Jeannette and Charleroi faced Greensburg Central in Week 1. The Varsity Letters believes Charleroi is a playoff contender this year. If sophomore Quentin Briggs finds holes behind lineman Zach Hooks tonight, expect Charleroi to even its record.
Greensburg Central Catholic at McGuffey
On paper, this looks like a mismatch. GCC is ranked No. 1 Class AA team in the state by the same publication that has PCC on top of Class AAA. The Centurions have quarterback Trent Hurley, running back David Miller, a massive front line and great receivers.
It's looked like a mismatch on paper the past two years as well but both proved to be competitive contests.
McGuffey upset GCC in 2007 and, last year, were trailing by five midway through the third quarter.
Mt. Pleasant at Washington
Prexies faithful came away encouraged by the season-opening shutout victory at Waynesburg. Wash High utilized several playmakers in the contest, while quarterback Marquis Brown and running back Zach Barnes turned in strong performances.
Wash High will need more of that tonight against Mt. Pleasant, a team which qualified for the Class AAA playoffs two years ago.
The Vikings defeated McGuffey in the season opener and held the Highlanders to 105 total yards.
The Varsity Letters also is looking forward to see how Burgettstown competes at Beth-Center. The Blue Devils look like an improving team. Playing at Beth-Center is a difficult task.