Canon-McMillan at Trinity
A passionate rivalry turned more heated following last year's win for Trinity when members of the Hillers team rang the bell at Canon-McMillan. That's considered one big 'no-no' to Big Macs fans.
The action has served as a motivating factor for Canon-McMillan, which is looking to improve from last year's disappointing 1-8 season. The Big Macs should be better, and Trinity is adjusting to the triple-option offense.
Since there's no bell at Hiller Field, what can Canon-McMillan do if it wins?
Charleroi at Mt. Pleasant
Injuries to key players early derailed what appeared to be a promising season for Charleroi in 2010. Senior Quentin Briggs, one of those injured players last year, is healthy and could become a 4,000-yard career rusher if his production returns to the level he experience as a freshman and sophomore. He rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns those two years.
Mt. Pleasant won at Charleroi, 20-13, in last year's opener and once again qualified for the playoffs out of the Interstate Conference. The Vikings return a majority of players from last year's team.
Next week, Charleroi plays its first home game at its new stadium.
Washington at Clairton
Clairton took any suspense out of this attractive matchup last year with one of the more dominating defensive performances against the Pexies seen at Wash High Stadium. Washington did not gain a first down in a 41-0 loss.
So what makes this game attractive this year? Well, the Bears did lose a few top players last year though they remain the favorite to win a fourth consecutive WPIAL Class A championship.
Washington boasts its share of athletes. All four members of a 1,600 relay team that established a WPIAL championship meet record during the spring are on the football team, but the Prexies will be without starting quarterback Josh Wise (mono).
Sophomore Chase Caldwell will start at quarterback.