Friday night's game did little to clear up the jumble in the Class AA Interstate Conference. If anything, the conference is tighter going into the eighth week.
Consider, McGuffey outmuscled Charleroi, 22-9, behind a heavy dose of power running and gang tackling. Washington scored the final 18 points to upend Jeannette, 24-16, in what had to be a fun game to watch. And, finally, Greensburg Central Catholic blanker Brownsville.
So, after first-place Mt. Pleasant (7-0), which wrapped up a playoff berth given its victories over McGuffey, Wash High and Greensburg Central, there is a five-team tie for second place.
That's right five teams.
The Highlanders, Prexies, Cougars, Centurions and Jayhawks are all 5-2.
Here's a small sample of upcoming games:
Charleroi vs. Washington,
Washington vs. McGuffey,
Mt. Pleasant vs. Charleroi,
Greensburg C.C. vs. Jeannette.
It's going to be a wild two weeks.
** Trinity receives plenty of criticism on this board from posters and I'm guessing none of them envisioned the Hillers going to West Mifflin and blanking the previously 5-1 Titans, 28-0.
I'm wondering if even the most die-hard Hillers supporters saw that happening.
Ken Wilkins caught two long touchdown passes and Trinity, which can still make the playoffs, showed a lot of guts in dominating a good football team.
** Baldwin's 21-17 victory over Upper St. Clair makes things quite interesting in the Great Southern Conference, where Bethel Park looks like a lock to win again.
Baldwin and Mt. Lebanon, a 41-20 winner over a Canon-McMillan team which played without Mike Hull (illness), are tied for second place. Meanwhile, USC and C-M have one win apiece and Peters Township sits in last place.
The Indians can make the playoffs with wins against USC and C-M in the upcoming two weeks.
** Must agree with a post I just read from a Wash High fan. There's no need to apologize or use conditions as an excuse for the Prexies' win over Jeannette. Both teams played on the same field.
The same thing could be said for about half the games played last night in Class AA and A.
As for Washington, it marks the biggest win since a shutout at Aliquippa in the first round of the 2005 playoffs. Yep, Washington became a team to reckon with last night.
And the Prexies will continue to improve as they find ways to get the football to Bryan Thomas and Zach Barnes.
** Put Fort Cherry in the same category as Trinity - a team facing considerable adversity which came away with a convincing win.