Team of the Week – Ringgold
Ringgold went undefeated through the season's first seven weeks but questions concerning the Rams lingered. Was Ringgold legit? Could Ringgold's fast start be attributed to the schedule? Was the defense capable of stopping a big-play back? Would the big-play offense continue to produce?
The answers to all questions are "Yes" after Ringgold's 24-13 victory over Franklin Regional.
The Rams are 8-0 for the first time and claimed the Keystone Conference championship with their impressive performance. Ringgold popped big plays, got a kickoff return for a touchdown, created turnovers on defense and stuffed Franklin Regional's running game.
Runner-up – South Fayette
Zach Challingsworth, South Fayette
Dakota Conway, California
Keith Cox, McGuffey
Mykal Dorsey, Chartiers-Houston
Derrick Fiore, Ringgold
Corey Garry, Fort Cherry
Austin Hancock, Peters Township
Quad Law, Ringgold
Kyle McWreath, Trinity
Jake Sofran, Beth-Center
Jordan Thomas, Washington
Brady Kunsa, Monessen
Game of the Week – South Fayette 42, Seton-La Salle 35
Two undefeated teams. A Thursday night platform with the FSN cameras there to televise the game on tape delay. This contest lived up to the hype, and then some.
Each offense made big play after big play. Receivers cut through defenses. Running backs Kevin Hart and Jeff Davis sliced through running lanes. Defenses gasped and often looked helpless in stopping the opponent.
At the end of this marathon, South Fayette wrapped up a second consecutive Century Conference championship but the loss of offensive tackle/defensive end Nolan Spicer (left knee injury), most likely for the rest of the season, tempered the celebration.
Weird, wild stuff – With two interceptions against Franklin Regional, Ringgold defensive backs Niko McPherson has seven on the season. … Mt. Lebanon's Luke Hagy has six touchdowns the past two years against Peters Township. … Winning teams from the Observer-Reporter coverage area averaged 42.2 points per game. ... A total of seven games were competed with the 35-point mercy rule in effect.