Blogger's note: Peters Township boys golf claimed the area's first WPIAL championship of the 2010-11 school year Thursday at Cedarbrook. The Indians rolled to the Division I team title by a whopping 16 strokes as none of its top 6 golfers finished with a round higher than 80. If memory serves correct, it's the third WPIAL team title for PT since David Kuhn became head coach.
Which football teams will turn in equally dominating performances tonight?
Baldwin (1-5) at Peters Township (4-2)
Judging by record, this Great Southern Conference contest looks like a matchup. Upon closer inspection, Baldwin has played competitive football against some of the WPIAL's premier teams in Thomas Jefferson, Mt. Lebanon and even Erie McDowell. Last year, Peters Township entered the conference schedule with a 4-0 mark against shoddy competition. Baldwin beat them in the conference opener to start a four-game losing streak.
Trinity (4-2) at Thomas Jefferson (5-1)
With three future Division I linebackers in Andrew Sweat (Ohio State), Michael Yancich (Penn State) and Brandon Weaver (Ohio), Trinity believed 2007 was the year it finally hung tough and got past Thomas Jefferson. The game even drew national attention as TJ featured future Pitt lineman Lucas Nix and the telecast was picked up in several FSN regional markets. The game was close at halftime before TJ pulled away. Fast forward to today and Trinity feels this game is its best chance to knock the Jaguars off the top of the Big Eight Conference perch since. The Hillers will need a few big plays to do so.
Beth-Center (5-1) at Avonworth (5-1)
A non-conference game at this point of the season rarely means much but these two teams have been among the best in Class A throughout the season. The Antelopes haven't lost since the season opener against Bishop Canevin, while Beth-Center is coming off a loss to Monessen where the Bulldogs struggled offensively. To steal this one from an Avonworth defense that hasn't allowed a point in a month, Beth-Center must run the football behind an undersized offensive line better than it did last week.