Team of the Week - Washington
Numbers rarely lie and they certainly didn't in Wash High's 61-27 win over Quaker Valley at Wash High Stadium.
The Prexies rushed for 541 yards and four players - Jaylin Kelly, Jordan Thomas, Zach Barnes and Shai McKenzie - topped 100 yards rushing.
Washington's offensive line turned in a performance of a lifetime as Kelly rushed for three touchdowns. Barnes and Thomas each had two, while McKenzie topped it off with a 90-yarder during late-game duty.
Runner-up - Carmichaels
Zach Barnes, Washington
Christian Brumbaugh, South Fayette
Trae Cook, Monessen
Cody Durant, Beth-Center
Tanner Garry, Fort Cherry
Cameron Geresti, Avella
Jaylin Kelly, Washington
Daniel Lis, Chartiers-Houston
Demetrius Louis, Ringgold
Ryan Mundell, Carmichaels
Nick Zupper, Waynesburg
Jordan Thomas, Washington
Game of the Week - Carmichaels 15, Frazier 14 (OT)
Two playoff hopefuls from the Tri-County South Conference took the field in Frazier and, for four quarters, the defenses ruled as the Mikes and Commodores were tied, 7-7, at the end of regulation. Frazier struck first in overtime on a five-yard run from Josh Guiser. Kyle Rodriguez's extra point gave Frazier, who was a sturdy 4-1 in conference, a 14-7 lead.
Carmichaels got the football and countered with Zach Mundell's second rushing touchdown of the game to make it 14-13. Head coach John Menhart, in a gutsy move, went for two points and quarterback Josh Mundell scored the game-winning run. After an 0-3 start in conference play, Carmichaels is 3-3 in the TCS and looking good for a postseason berth.
Menhart's decision proves an old adage that too often gets overlooked - you play for the win on the road.
Weird, wild stuff - Ringgold is 7-0 for the first time. Repeat - Ringgold is 7-0 for the first time. ... Monessen has won 17 straight Tri-County South games. The Greyhounds' last conference loss was at Beth-Center in 2008. ... Hopewell junior Rushel Shell has past a laundry list of local legends the past two weeks to climb all the way to fifth on the WPIAL's all-time list. The record held by Fort Cherry's Mike Vernillo appears to be in Shell's sights. ... On the same weekend as Shell continued his rapid climb, Ryan Brumfield of Owen J. Roberts became Pennsylvania's all-time rusher as he now has 7,451 career yards.