Team of the Week - South Fayette
Several quality candidates were considered this week but no one, with all due respect to Ringgold, posted as quality a road win as South Fayette - the No. 3 Class AA team in the Observer-Reporter rankings.
The Lions won their seventh consecutive road game behind their balanced offense, highly successful fourth-down conversions and an opportunistic defense that helped South Fayette overcome several mistakes.
Tanner Courtad returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter. The defense made Steel Valley's Delrece Williams, the WPIAL's second leading rusher through two weeks, work for his 122 yards. Williams had 29 carries.
Quarterback Christian Brumbaugh threw for three touchdowns, including two on fourth-down passes.
Runner-up - Ringgold
Christian Brumbaugh, South Fayette
Jeff Davis, South Fayette
Mykel Dorsey, Chartiers-Houston
Andrew Erenberg, Peters Township
Derrick Fiore, Ringgold
Damond Goggins, Ringgold
Gary Kiefer, Fort Cherry
Quad Law, Ringgold
Danial Lis, Chartiers-Houston
Alec Schram, Canon-McMillan
Jake Sofran, Beth-Center
Tanner Courtad, South Fayette
Game of the Week - Ringgold 36, Hollidaysburg 21
Ringgold's run as one of the WPIAL's top rushing offenses continued in a tough test of character, and one seriously long bus ride, to Hollidaysburg, which, like Ringgold, entered the Keystone Conference contest with a 2-0 record.
The Rams (1-0, 3-0) trailed early but, behind a trio of 100-yard rushers, rallied and ended this one in a runaway.
Ringgold, which plays Greensburg-Salem in a key game this week, rushed for 463 yards. Quarterback Quad Law went for 168 with two touchdowns on 16 carries. Damond Goggins had 162 yards on only 15 carries. Derrick Fiore, one of the district's leading rushers, finished with 133 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
Weird, wild stuff - Beth-Center leads the WPIAL with 163 points scored, seven more than Clairton (156). The Bulldogs have played one team (Frazier) with a winning record but hit a tough four-game stretch starting this week. Beth-Center plays (in succession) Carmichaels, California, Monessen and Avonworth. The latter two games on the road. ... Winless Charleroi played Greensburg Central Catholic without Quentin Briggs, Klye Shannon and Cory Altemara. As rough as the start of the season's been for the Cougars, Briggs and Altemara may return this week against East Allegheny. ... Rochester has not allowed a point. ... Clairton, Chartiers-Houston and Brentwood are all undefeated. No other team from the Black Hills Conference has a winning record and four - Avella, Bentworth, Carlynton and Serra Catholic - are winless.