Team of the Week – Washington
Sure, teams like Trinity, California and Jefferson-Morgan registered more impressive wins than Washington's 41-25 non-conference win against far-from-juggernaut Apollo-Ridge. The Hillers, Trojans and Rockets all entered last weekend with 1-0 records and Washington had suffered a resounding defeat to Clairton.
It was the type of loss that could dismantle a team's season, particularly a team with Washington's youth.
Saturday's win serves as an encouraging sign for the Prexies.
Zach Barnes, shackled against Clairton, rushed for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns while sophomore quarterback Josh Wise threw for three touchdowns on only six completions.
Runner-up – Jefferson-Morgan
Zach Barnes, Washington
Tyler Challingsworth, South Fayette
T.D. Conway, California
Trae Cook, Monessen
Mykel Dorsey, Chartiers-Houston
Demetri Edwards, Charleroi
Andrew Erenberg, Peters Township
Chris Faddis, Jefferson-Morgan
Quad Law, Ringgold
Kyle McWreath, Trinity
Jeff Tarley, Beth-Center
Austin Hancock, Peters Township
Game of the Week – Chartiers-Houston 21, Shenango 20
Count Chartiers-Houston among the surprising teams with a solid chance at starting 3-0 – the Bucs play Serra Catholic this week – and the reason why is a last-second home win over Shenango.
Special teams, which played a key role in J-M's win at Northgate, provided a pair of key plays for the Bucs. Conner Craig returned a kickoff for a 66-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Zach Hamilton clinched the win with a 29-yard field goals with two seconds remaining.
In between, C-H showcased a balanced offense. Mykel Dorsey put together a second consecutive strong showing with 93 rushing yards and a two touchdowns. Danial Lis completed 8 of 12 passes for 119 yards, with five passes for 98 yards going to D.J. Denny.
Weird, wild stuff – Monessen has already scored three defensive touchdowns. … Fort Cherry, a team I pegged for second place in the Black Hills Conference, has been outscored 67-7. … In a 46-13 loss to Union, Avella quarterback Cameron Geresti passed for 216 yards and running back Coltan Kobrys had 150 rushing and 55 receiving according to the Eagles stat girl.