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District 7 Talk Week 3

Written by: on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Mt. Lebanon – Devils’ victory over Central Catholic proves there’s no clear “AAAA” favorite

Mt. Lebanon put itself on the map, and into the discussion of contenders, when it comes to the WPIAL’s “AAAA” landscape in 2009 after its impressive 36-21 victory against Pittsburgh Central Catholic. But, what Mt. Lebanon’s victory also did was even further dilute the focus of who exactly is a favorite in the WPIAL’s “AAAA” classification this year.

Central Catholic appeared to be the prohibitive favorite, and other teams in the preseason discussion included Woodland Hills, McKeesport, Gateway, North Allegheny, and Penn Hills. Upper St. Clair also has a nice team, as does Bethel Park, but now, Mt. Lebanon should warrant some consideration, too.

Recently, the Great Southern Conference had seemingly come down to either USC or McKeesport, until McKeesport switched conferences and Bethel Park came out of nowhere last season.

Now, the Panthers, Blackhawks, and Blue Devils team up to create a three-headed monster that few teams may want to face. Combined, these three teams are 8-1 in this young season. The lone loss came from Mt. Lebanon when it fell to North Allegheny.

Could the WPIAL “AAAA” champion come from the Great Southern Conference for the fourth time in the last five years? McKeesport won in 2005; USC in 2006; Bethel Park last season.

The way this season has gone so far, anything is far from certain. Except, of course, death and taxes.

Thomas Jefferson – Extends WPIAL winning streak to 40 games

After a point in time, this writer has come up empty with a creative way to state the same facts about Thomas Jefferson: as long as the opponent comes from the WPIAL, the Jaguars, regardless of the situation, will usually find a way to win the game.

With their 34-7 victory against Washington Trinity Friday night, TJ won its 40th straight game against WPIAL competition, a streak which began after a 2005 loss to Franklin Regional in the WPIAL “AAA” finals.

Since the start of the 2002 season, TJ has gone an impressive 96-8 overall (.923), winning four WPIAL titles and three PIAA titles in that span.

Serra Catholic – Produces 100-yard rushing trio in victory

The Serra Catholic Eagles are unbeaten – off to a 3-0 start for the second time in three years. They did something Friday night in a victory against Burgettstown that the red and gold did seemingly with regularity en route to a PIAA runner-up finish in 2007.

Three Eagles, Rob Heatherington, Neal McFarland, and Kyle Taylor each surpassed 100 yards rushing in the game. Combined, the trio totaled 478 yards rushing in the game.

A trio of 100-yard rushers on any given week in 2007 was never out of the question because of the three-headed monster of Chris Loving, Isaiah Jackson, and TJ Heatherington. Each of those athletes ran for over 1,000 yards that year.

Serra plays an upstart Fort Cherry team this week.

South Fayette– Lions might now be known for having more than just a good band

If you want to see a great pregame or halftime show in the WPIAL, you can’t go wrong with South Fayette High School’s “Little Green Machine” marching band. But so far in 2009, the Lions’ football team has been putting on just as good of a show.

South Fayette is off to a 3-0 start, thanks in part to the play of three-year starting quarterback Christian Brumbaugh and junior running back Jeff Davis. Brumbaugh and Davis headline a Lion offensive unit that has roared to an average of 34.3 points per game.

And lest you forget that the Lions’ defense held a highly-regard Keystone Oaks team to just six points through three quarters of action.

The 3-0 start for South Fayette is not unprecedented, though. The Lions have had two other undefeated starts to seasons this decade – a 7-0 start in 2003 and a 6-0 start in 2007.

In fact, from 2003 to 2007, the Lions got off to fast starts totaling a combined 32-3 (.914). But after those fast starts, South Fayette faded down the stretch, going a combined 1-13 (.071).

South Fayette travels to McKees Rocks for a big matchup against unbeaten Sto-Rox Friday night.

District 7 (WPIAL) > 09/18/2009 :
Aliquippa Quips (2-1) 14
Beaver Falls Tigers (3-0) 21
Baldwin Highlanders (0-3) 7
Seneca Valley Raiders (1-2) 22
Belle Vernon Area Leopards (2-1) 21
Chartiers Valley Colts (3-0) 41
Bentworth Bearcats (1-2) 6
Fort Cherry Rangers (3-0) 46
Bethel Park Blackhawks (3-0) 21
North Hills Indians (1-2) 10
Bethlehem-Center Bulldogs (2-1) 28
Carmichaels Mighty Mikes (0-3) 6
Blackhawk Cougars (1-2) 7
New Castle Red Hurricanes (3-0) 33
Brentwood Spartans (0-3) 6
Avonworth Antelopes (3-0) 13
Butler Golden Tornado (0-3) 21
Penn Hills Indians (1-2) 31
Canon-McMillan Big Macs (1-2) 7
Woodland Hills Wolverines (2-1) 37
Charleroi Cougars (2-1) 35
Brownsville Falcons (1-2) 7
Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers (3-0) 12
Avella Area Eagles (1-2) 0
Deer Lakes Lancers (1-2) 21
Ford City Sabers (3-0) 28
Ellwood City Wolverines (0-3) 10
Montour Spartans (3-0) 45
Fox Chapel Foxes (2-1) 21
Franklin Regional Panthers (2-1) 42
Frazier Commodores (1-2) 7
Clairton Bears (2-1) 62
Freeport Yellowjackets (2-1) 42
Apollo-Ridge Vikings (1-2) 13
Geibel Catholic Gators (1-2) 19
Jefferson-Morgan Rockets (3-0) 47
Greensburg-Salem Golden Lions (2-1) 28
Albert Gallatin Colonials (1-2) 6
Hampton Talbots (1-2) 7
Shaler Area Titans (3-0) 28
Highlands Golden Rams (0-3) 7
Pine-Richland Rams (1-2) 45
Hopewell Vikings (3-0) 48
Ambridge Bridgers (1-2) 6
Jeannette Jayhawks (3-0) 63
South Allegheny Gladiators (0-3) 6
Keystone Oaks Eagles (2-1) 22
South Fayette Lions (3-0) 28
Kiski Area Cavaliers (1-2) 35
Indiana Little Indians (0-3) 7
Knoch Knights (0-3) 17
Peters Township Indians (3-0) 20
Leechburg Blue Devils (0-3) 21
Carlynton Cougars (1-2) 26
Mapletown Maples (0-3) 12
Monessen Greyhounds (1-2) 40
McGuffey Highlanders (2-1) 27
East Allegheny Wildcats (0-3) 15
McKeesport Area Tigers (2-1) 55
Connellsville Falcons (0-3) 0
Mount Pleasant Area Vikings (3-0) 35
Waynesburg Central Raiders (1-2) 13
New Brighton Lions (0-3) 7
Center Trojans (3-0) 49
Penn-Trafford Warriors (1-2) 34
Hempfield (Youngwood) Spartans (1-2) 18
Plum Mustangs (1-2) 0
Mars Area Planets (2-1) 27
Riverside (Ellwood City) Panthers (1-2) 32
Mohawk Area Warriors (1-2) 28
Serra Catholic Eagles (3-0) 35
Burgettstown Blue Devils (1-2) 6
Seton-LaSalle Rebels (3-0) 32
Bishop Canevin Crusaders (1-2) 10
Shady Side Academy Indians (3-0) 26
Kittanning Wildcats (1-2) 20
South Park Eagles (1-2) 13
Northgate Flames (0-3) 7
Southmoreland Scotties (0-3) 14
Ringgold Rams (2-1) 59
Springdale Dynamos (2-1) 14
Pittsburgh North Catholic Trojans (1-2) 20
Steel Valley Ironmen (2-1) 61
Cornell Raiders (0-3) 21
Sto-Rox Vikings (3-0) 42
Quaker Valley Quakers (0-3) 15
Summit Academy Knights (0-3) 20
Burrell Buccaneers (3-0) 43
Trinity (7) Hillers (0-3) 7
Thomas Jefferson Jaguars (3-0) 34
Union Area Scotties (1-2) 0
Rochester Rams (3-0) 37
Uniontown Red Raiders (2-1) 21
Derry Area Trojans (0-3) 13
Upper Saint Clair Panthers (3-0) 23
North Allegheny Tigers (2-1) 14
Washington Little Prexies (1-2) 0
Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions (2-1) 47
West Allegheny Indians (2-1) 46
Moon Area Tigers (0-3) 6
West Greene Pioneers (0-3) 0
California Trojans (2-1) 43
West Mifflin Titians (2-1) 9
Elizabeth-Forward Warriors (3-0) 10
West Shamokin Wolves (0-3) 0
Valley Vikings (1-2) 43
Wilkinsburg Tigers (0-3) 14
Riverview Raiders (1-2) 37
Yough Cougars (0-3) 14
Laurel Highlands Mustangs (1-2) 19
District 7 (WPIAL) > 09/19/2009 :
Freedom Bulldogs (1-2) 13
Beaver Area Bobcats (3-0) 31
Laurel Spartans (3-0) 31
South Side Area Rams (2-1) 7
Mount Lebanon Blue Devils (2-1) 36
Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings (2-1) 21
Shenango Wildcats (3-0) 36
Neshannock Lancers (1-2) 14
Western Beaver Golden Beavers (1-2) 21
Monaca Indians (1-2) 13

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