Steel Valley – South Fayette Preview
Written by: Billy Splain on Thursday, October 16th, 2008
Can you believe it? That we are already in week eight of the High School Football season in Western PA, it feels like just yesterday we were sitting by the pool talking about what we think Pittsburgh Sports Weekly first game of the season would be like at Montour. Week one is long gone and in this October air you can smell the playoffs getting closer and closer.
For this second to last regular season contest on Pittsburgh Sports Weekly we will take a trip to the nicest Stadium in the WPIAL, which you maybe shocked to know is in a double-A school district. That’s right, bigger isn’t always better and South Fayette proves that statement.
The Lions of South Fayette (2-5) would like to continue playing in any stadium come October, 31st but in order for that to happen the Green and White are going to need a lot of help not to mention win their final two games. 3 of the 4 spots in the Century conference are already filled, we will know Friday night who is conference champ as 2 of the WPIAL 13 undefeated teams in Sto-Rocks and Keystone Oaks square off in Dormont tonight as well. There are 5 teams still in the playoff hunt for one spot, and a lot will be figured from now threw next week.
Quaker Valley has the best shot out of all the teams because they can do things on their own, the Quakers need to win tonight vs. Northgate (1-6) and next Friday vs. Cornell (1-6) and they are in. So they are in, you say? Not so fast Quaker Valley lost to Cornell the last two seasons, and only beat South Fayette by one, as did Cornell. So don’t jump the gun just yet. If the Quakers do lose next in line is the other team we are seeing tonight, the Ironmen of Steel Valley who need to win out and need one QV loss to get in.
So tonight in McDonald, the Lions are playing the roll of spoiler more then anything. The Lions really could have had a good season, just one or two plays they could very well be a 4-3 football team. After an opening week win over South Park the Lions feel to Quaker Valley 16-15 their fist of three strait losses. They did get back on the winning side of things with a 33-8 win over Northgate, then falling short of Seaton-La Salle.
Then came last week were a team named the Cornell Raiders became the little engine that could last week, down big a halftime the Raiders came back to put the game with in one. Cornell, who was winless coming into the game, had nothing to lose…except another game. They kept the offence on the field to go for the win with just seconds left, and came off with the lead which would turn into the win over the Lions. That was South Fayette’s 2nd loss of the season by one point.
Coming into Friday nights contest vs. Steel Valley (3-4), South Fayette has got outscored 170-126 this season. However the Lions are more like Cubs. They are a young team with second year sophomore starter Christian Brumbaug leading the way. The Lions have lost 3 of their five losses on home turf.
For the Ironmen, they are looking to take it one game at a time to get the final spot and they are only focused on them selves not the other teams they need to win or lose to get in. Steel Valley is coming off a Century conference championship last year, however with all the new teams joining in this year after the realignment…lets just say it didn’t get any easier, including the fact that they only returned four starters from last years team.
In the WPIAL I never suggest not winning in October, really it’s not a good idea. However even with my warning, the Ironmen haven’t won since 9/20 over Bishop Canevin 21-16, that win came right after a 33-16 win over Cornell, who South Fayette just lost to. Steel Valley also could have a better record then they do after close losses to, Keystone Oaks 7-6, and Quaker Valley 9-6. However most teams that play the Ironmen don’t score that often…luck for the other teams, neither do the Ironmen. SV is getting outscored this year 86-73.
It’s the battle of the Century…..conference, as the Ironmen of Steel Valley take on the Lions of South Fayette under the golden aches of McDonald, PA. Matt Farago will be at the mic, again for the broadcast. Joining Matt in the both Friday night will be Chad Himme, who returns to the broadcast both for high school football for the first time since October 12, 2007! The family broadcasting duo will be back at it again tonight, only on Pittsburgh Sports Weekly!
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