For playoff-contending teams, or teams trying to make Week 9 meaningful, the final two games are must-win situations.
Charleroi (5-2) at Washington (5-2)
Last week, McGuffey demonstrated how to slow Charleroi running back Quentin Briggs - gang tackling. The Highlanders are a physical football team but that doesn't mean Wash High can't take some of those tactics, use their overall speed and put them to use.
That could be the key to this key Interstate Conference game. If Wash High makes tackles near the line of scrimmage early, it will benefit the Prexies greatly. Charleroi, meanwhile, must find ways to slow the Prexies' emerging group of playmakers.
One way to do so is to pressure quarterback Marquis Brown, who can break down a defense with his scrambling.
Burgettstown (3-4) at Fort Cherry (5-2)
For all the tribulations Fort Cherry went through in weeks five and six, the Rangers can still finish in second place in the Black Hills Conference and host a home playoff game. To do so, beating Burgettstown is a must as is Serra Catholic losing to Clairton next week.
The Rangers shook off two bad performances last week at Frazier. Not an easy thing to do for a team rife with underclassmen.
Burgettstown, on the other hand, needs this game to stay in the playoff picture. The Blue Devils have good skill players but depth and lack of size have hurt against top teams. Size and depth don't always matter in a rivalry as heated as thi.