Peters Township head coach Nick Milchovich said of Peters Township's 21-14 win over Bethel Park Friday night, "It might be the biggest win in the history of the program."
At first glance, it seems like hyperbole.
Upon closer inspection, Milchovich might be spot on.
Peters Township last made the WPIAL playoffs in 2003, when it played in Class AAA. That team featured future Division I players in Doug Fife and J.J. Knabb as well as Jim Gallagher. That team did not register a name-brand win like Peters Township did last night.
All the Indians need to do to clinch its first spot in the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs is win one of its final four games.
Holding Bethel Park to 14 points has to be a confidence-booster for a defense that was smarting after last week's performance at West Mifflin.
Then, there's the play of senior quarterback Austin Hancock.
He completed 9 of 11 passes for 115 yards and his 22-yard touchdowns was the winning score. Hancock has been amazingly accurate this season. Through five games, he has completed 38 of 49 passes (77.6 percent) for 587 yards and four touchdowns. He's also rushed for three scores.
* Fort Cherry has a quarterback in junior Tanner Garry who can make throws downfield and along the sideline. I came away impressed with Garry's ability to hit the quick six-, seven- and eight-yard hitch during the Rangers' 28-21 overtime loss at Brentwood.
Fort Cherry receivers Ryan Babirad, Tyreke Brown and Nate Bellhy – in his first year playing football – are sure-handed, run after contact and get open on third and fourth down.
Tailback Gary Kiefer, who hurt a shoulder in the game but continued to play, is tough. He picks up three or four yards when it looks like nothing is there. Kiefer can also break the big play.
The Rangers gang tackle on defense and are a physical bunch.
Yet, Fort Cherry is 2-3 following the loss.
Breakdowns in pass coverage were evident as Brentwood quarterback Cory Bauer tossed four touchdowns. The Rangers are going to have to get better play in the secondary as they hunt for a playoff spot out of the Black Hills Conference.
The only other problem I noticed came on special teams. I don't recall a kickoff returner catching a ball on the fly. Balls hit the ground, rolled toward the goal line and gave Fort Cherry unnecessarily poor field position.
Should Fort Cherry find a way to put everything together, I say the Rangers could find themselves winning at least one playoff game.
* Fort Cherry won the overtime coin toss and elected to play defense first, as most teams do in such situations. Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel told me after the game he'd do the same thing if the Spartans won the coin toss.
Brentwood scored on its first play of overtime and kicked the ensuing extra point. The pressure was immediately placed on Fort Cherry to score.
At the high school level, with teams getting the ball at the 10-yard line in overtime, I'd like to see the team that wins the coin toss go on offense first.
Well, for starters, 10 yards is not far to go to get points, whether it come via touchdown or field goal. Second, if a team scores first and makes the extra point, it places a lot of pressure on the other kicker to make the extra point if his team scores a touchdown.
Pressure on a high school kicker is a lot different than pressure on Jeff Reed.
I'm just sayin'.
* Newsflash - Ringgold completed two passes, doubling it's season total to four. The Rams have one fewer completion than wins.
* I'd like to hear some predictions on Keystone Oaks at South Fayette and Beth-Center at Monessen. I'll offer mine later in the week.
* The lopsided scores continued Friday night.
Chartiers-Houston 41, Bentworth 14. Clairton 65, Avella 0. Ringgold 42, Albert Gallatin 7. South Fayette 48, Burgettstown 7. Keystone Oaks 37, Washington 0. Carmichaels 42, West Greene 0. Jefferson-Morgan 43, Mapletown 6.
There have not been an overwhelming number of competitive football games this season.
* Back to Bellhy. The 6-5 senior is known as a basketball player and he came close to averaging 30 points as a junior.
If I'm a local college football coach, I'm talking to Bellhy. He caught every passes thrown his way against Brentwood, whether it was over the middle or along the sideline. After every catch, he turned upfield for extra yards. With a solid frame, he fought off some contact.
Bellhy would be a project, but he might be worth the risk.