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District 7 Talk Week 4

Written by: on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Was Greensburg Central Catholic overhyped?

The Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions entered the 2009 season coming off of an impressive 10-1 season and boasted the top scoring running back in the WPIAL, David Miller, and a Division-1 prospect at quarterback, Trent Hurley, among others. Since 2003, GCC was 58-10 overall.

Now, they’re 60-12.

The standings show through four weeks that GCC is 2-2 and in a fight for its playoff lives. The preseason #1-ranked Centurions’ losses, to McGuffey and Mount Pleasant, total a combined seven points, but that’s not really the point.

If the WPIAL playoffs started today, GCC would more than likely be the fourth team out of the Interstate Conference, likely a double-digit seed. Usually, in the WPIAL “AA” playoff bracket, you don’t find too many 6-3 teams qualifying for the playoffs.

To feel secure about its playoff fate, the Centurions need to seriously consider winning out the rest of the regular season, including a tough Week 9 showdown against Jeannette at McKee Stadium.

Woodland Hills’ defense key in win over unbeaten Bethel Park

Woodland Hills showed its defense would be one of its strong suits against Steubenville in Week 1, holding a potent Big Red offense to just 13 points, then shutting out Connellsville and limiting Canon-McMillan to just seven points.

But Bethel Park, winners of 18 of their last 19 games entering last weekend’s meeting, was easily the toughest challenge since the season opener that the Wolverines’ defense faced.

Woodland Hills stepped up to the challenge. The defense, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, sacked quarterback Matt Bliss seven times, and a last-chance pass was tipped away by two Wolverine defenders, preserving a 21-17 victory.

It gets no easier for WH this week – Pittsburgh Central Catholic comes to the Wolvarena. And when the Vikings are on, they’re one of the toughest teams to beat. Just ask Upper St. Clair.

Thursday futility

Speaking of Upper St. Clair, they played their second WPIAL Thursday Night Showcase game on FSN Pittsburgh last week. The other time the Panthers were spotlighted, in 2007 against North Allegheny, things didn’t work out so well.

Once again, things completely snowballed for Jim Render and his Panthers last week.

Pittsburgh Central Catholic won going away, 31-7, meaning that in two all-time Thursday night games, Upper St. Clair has been outscored a whopping 74-26 (NA won 43-19 in ’07).

Prior to the NA game, Render had said to reporters, “I’ll tell you what I think (of these Thursday night games) afterward.”

Don’t look for USC to be playing in any Thursday night showcase games anytime soon.

District 7 (WPIAL) > 09/24/2009 :
Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings (3-1) 31
Upper Saint Clair Panthers (3-1) 7
District 7 (WPIAL) > 09/25/2009 :
Albert Gallatin Colonials (1-3) 13
Uniontown Red Raiders (3-1) 35
Ambridge Bridgers (1-3) 21
West Allegheny Indians (3-1) 35
Avella Area Eagles (1-3) 2
Frazier Commodores (2-2) 28
Avonworth Antelopes (4-0) 41
Wilkinsburg Tigers (0-4) 12
Baldwin Highlanders (0-4) 7
North Hills Indians (2-2) 28
Beaver Area Bobcats (3-1) 0
Aliquippa Quips (3-1) 7
Bethel Park Blackhawks (3-1) 17
Woodland Hills Wolverines (3-1) 21
Brownsville Falcons (1-3) 0
McGuffey Highlanders (3-1) 47
Burgettstown Blue Devils (2-2) 21
Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers (3-1) 6
Burrell Buccaneers (3-1) 17
Freeport Yellowjackets (3-1) 20
Butler Golden Tornado (0-4) 0
Canon-McMillan Big Macs (2-2) 31
Carlynton Cougars (1-3) 0
Springdale Dynamos (3-1) 29
Carmichaels Mighty Mikes (1-3) 36
Mapletown Maples (0-4) 6
Center Trojans (4-0) 36
Riverside (Ellwood City) Panthers (1-3) 14
Chartiers Valley Colts (4-0) 28
West Mifflin Titians (2-2) 20
Clairton Bears (3-1) 53
Bentworth Bearcats (1-3) 0
Connellsville Falcons (0-4) 7
Greater Latrobe Wildcats (2-2) 35
Cornell Raiders (0-4) 18
South Park Eagles (2-2) 20
Derry Area Trojans (0-4) 14
Yough Cougars (1-3) 17
East Allegheny Wildcats (0-4) 0
Washington Little Prexies (2-2) 40
Elizabeth-Forward Warriors (3-1) 7
Trinity (7) Hillers (1-3) 21
Ellwood City Wolverines (0-4) 10
Beaver Falls Tigers (4-0) 43
Fort Cherry Rangers (4-0) 42
Serra Catholic Eagles (3-1) 34
Fox Chapel Foxes (3-1) 14
Mars Area Planets (2-2) 10
Franklin Regional Panthers (3-1) 33
Plum Mustangs (1-3) 20
Gateway Gators (4-0) 51
Penn-Trafford Warriors (1-3) 14
Greensburg-Salem Golden Lions (3-1) 20
Belle Vernon Area Leopards (2-2) 19
Hampton Talbots (2-2) 27
Pine-Richland Rams (1-3) 21
Hempfield (Youngwood) Spartans (1-3) 14
Norwin Knights (3-1) 34
Indiana Little Indians (0-4) 25
Peters Township Indians (4-0) 33
Jefferson-Morgan Rockets (3-1) 13
Bethlehem-Center Bulldogs (3-1) 44
Keystone Oaks Eagles (3-1) 47
Northgate Flames (0-4) 14
Kiski Area Cavaliers (2-2) 20
Highlands Golden Rams (0-4) 0
Kittanning Wildcats (2-2) 56
West Shamokin Wolves (0-4) 3
Laurel Highlands Mustangs (2-2) 47
Southmoreland Scotties (0-4) 7
Mohawk Area Warriors (2-2) 13
Freedom Bulldogs (1-3) 12
Monessen Greyhounds (2-2) 35
West Greene Pioneers (0-4) 6
Moon Area Tigers (0-4) 13
Montour Spartans (4-0) 27
Mount Pleasant Area Vikings (4-0) 36
Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions (2-2) 35
Neshannock Lancers (1-3) 0
Laurel Spartans (4-0) 36
New Brighton Lions (0-4) 14
Blackhawk Cougars (2-2) 49
New Castle Red Hurricanes (3-1) 27
Hopewell Vikings (4-0) 35
North Allegheny Tigers (3-1) 24
Penn Hills Indians (1-3) 7
Pittsburgh North Catholic Trojans (2-2) 31
Brentwood Spartans (0-4) 22
Quaker Valley Quakers (0-4) 14
Seton-LaSalle Rebels (4-0) 35
Riverview Raiders (2-2) 20
Leechburg Blue Devils (0-4) 0
Seneca Valley Raiders (2-2) 26
Knoch Knights (0-4) 14
Shady Side Academy Indians (4-0) 21
Apollo-Ridge Vikings (1-3) 0
South Allegheny Gladiators (0-4) 3
Charleroi Cougars (3-1) 29
South Fayette Lions (4-0) 35
Sto-Rox Vikings (3-1) 20
South Side Area Rams (3-1) 20
Union Area Scotties (1-3) 2
Thomas Jefferson Jaguars (4-0) 41
Ringgold Rams (2-2) 7
Valley Vikings (2-2) 28
Deer Lakes Lancers (1-3) 19
Waynesburg Central Raiders (1-3) 6
Jeannette Jayhawks (4-0) 48
District 7 (WPIAL) > 09/26/2009 :
Bishop Canevin Crusaders (1-3) 7
Steel Valley Ironmen (3-1) 27
California Trojans (3-1) 49
Geibel Catholic Gators (1-3) 21
Ford City Sabers (4-0) 14
Summit Academy Knights (0-4) 0
Monaca Indians (2-2) 45
Shenango Wildcats (3-1) 26
Mount Lebanon Blue Devils (2-2) 12
Shaler Area Titans (4-0) 21
Rochester Rams (4-0) 39
Western Beaver Golden Beavers (1-3) 0

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One Response to “District 7 Talk Week 4”

  1. footballfan says:

    Thomas jefferson is a really good football team. will probably get back to the AAA state title game but i dont see them winning it this year. I saw this team over on the east side out of west chester play, Bayard Rustin high school and they look unstoppable right now. They play smashmouth football on the offense and defense of side of the ball. They have i would say the best running back in the state in rondell white. The defense runs to the ball like a missle. you cant run the ball against them they will stop it every time. The defense has only given up 19 points all season. I think it will be Thomas Jefferson and Bayard Rustin in the title game but i have to with Rustin this time. I think they have to much power upfront on both sides of the ball and they will play smashmouth football and run it down TJ throat.



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