Blogger's note: This will be the final Week in Review until the start of boys and girls basketball season.
Team of the Week – Monessen
Every bracket in the WPIAL playoffs featured some sort of upset (at least in terms of how teams were seeded) but one trendy pick that did not become reality was Chartiers-Houston beating Monessen.
Monessen, the No. 4 seed in the Class A playoffs, jumped out to a 7-0 lead on its first possession and the Greyhounds never looked back as they rolled to a 33-0 victory.
Monessen's defense allowed just three first downs (one by penalty) and kept C-H quarterback Daniel Lis in check. The Bucs gained a little over 60 yards, with 41 coming on one pass play. Brett Crenshaw and Trae Cook were part of a run game that churned out 250 yards rushing and each scored a pair of touchdowns.
Runners-up – Beth-Center and South Fayette
Ryan Babirad, Fort Cherry
Deshan Brown, Beth-Center
Christian Brumbaugh, South Fayette
Aaron Cook, Monessen
Brett Crenshaw, Monessen
Sal Faieta, Beth-Center
Nick Faraci, South Fayette
Derrick Fiore, Ringgold
Trevor Fiorentini, South Fayette
Eric Meyers, South Fayette
Jake Sofran, Beth-Center
Andrew Erenberg, Peters Township
Game of the Week – Bishop Canevin 24, Fort Cherry 16
In one of two competitive games involving a local team, Fort Cherry saw its season end in a back-and-forth affair at Jim Garry Stadium against one-loss Bishop Canevin.
The Rangers led 9-6 in the second quarter after a Tanner Garry touchdown pass to Nate Bellhy, the Crusaders tied the game on a 30-yard field goal from Jacob Schnelbach with 2:13 left before halftime. Fort Cherry then had a touchdown called back on a holding penalty. The Rangers ended up punting.
Bishop Canevin then surged to a two-touchdown lead in the third quarter before a Garry touchdown pass to Ryan Babirad got the Rangers within five. Fort Cherry had a couple chances in the fourth quarter but came up empty.
Weird, wild stuff – Moving Ringgold and Franklin Regional to the Keystone Conference was supposed to strengthen the league, but the Keystone was one of two conferences to go 0-4 in the first round. The Interstate Conference was the other. ... Springdale – Monessen's opponent in the quarterfinals – knocked the Greyhounds out of last year's playoffs, the fourth time since 2004 the Dynamo ended Monessen's season. ... California's Dakota Conway caught 15 touchdown passes this year, which is believed to be a Washington County record.