Finally, the Great Southern Conference kicks off its season. If you ask me, there's just something wrong about playing a month of non-conference games to start the campaign.
Bethel Park (2-2) at Peters Township (3-1)
Peters Township brings a better record into the game and the Indians are getting fantastic efficiency from senior quarterback Austin Hancock, who has completed nearly 75 percent of his pass attempts, and junior running back Andrew Erenberg, who has raced way ahead in lead for local scoring (70 points, 11 TDs). Bethel Park, however, has played the better competition, including a game against top-ranked Pittsburgh Central Catholic. How well Peters Township tackles Black Hawks' tailback Bre Ford is vital.
West Mifflin (2-2) at Trinity (2-2)
The way Trinity played to start the season made this game look like an afterthought. That's no longer the case after the offense struggles in losses to Belle Vernon and Central Valley. Trinity will look to run but its passing game has sputtered since a season-opening win at Canon-McMillan and defenses are stacking the box. West Mifflin is 2-0 in the Class AAA Big Eight Conference, but those wins came against Elizabeth Forward and South Park. The Titans rallied from a 21-7 fourth-quarter deficit last week against Peters Township only to lose in overtime.
Fort Cherry (2-2) at Brentwood (4-0)
How good is Fort Cherry? The Rangers feel recent wins over Avella and Carlynton better demonstrate their ability than early losses to Western Beaver and mighty Rochester. Quarterback Tanner Garry is healthy and in 6-5 Nate Bellhy, in his first year on the fooball team, Garry has found a big-play target. Bellhy averaged more than 28 points during his junior basketball season.
How good is Brentwood? The undefeated Spartans have looked dominant against mostly inferior competition. Brentwood has allowed just 13 points on the season but the combined record of its opponents are 2-14 and both wins are by Deer Lakes.