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Will the Tri County South Return To Glory

A few years back on “On Demand” I remember watching the 1993 WPIAL Championship between Duquesne and West Greene.  Granted it was a 55-0 blowout win for Duquesne but during that time schools from the TCS routinely made it to the Semis. From 86-96 there was 8 Teams that made it WPIAL Semis and 2 of them made it to the WPIAL Finals; 1993 West Greene and 1995 Monessen(Farrell 30-14 Winner in the Final at 3 Rivers).

Since 2005 the TCS(Tri County South) has gone 9-24 in the playoffs with only 2 WPIAL Semi Final Appearances; 2006 Jefferson Morgan, and 2007 Monessen.

Lets compare 2 programs that switched between the Blackhills Conference and TCS in California & Avella. Last Season Avella went 0-9 and averaged 6.2- 42.6 per game while California went 7-3 and averaged 26.0- 13.3 per game. Over the past 4 years Avella has gone 3-33(.75-8.25) while California has gone 21-18(5.25-4.5).

This season Avella(TCS) is 4-0 and averaging 39-15.5 points per game while California(Blackhills) is 0-4 averaging 10-42 points per game.

Now did Avella improve this much while California dropped off considerably, or is the Tri County South just that bad. I think its a combination of both. I mean opening up with Monessen, Fort Cherry, Clairton, and Bishop Canevin is no easy task for any school. I could easily see Avella 0-4 with California’s schedule and California 4-0 with Avella’s schedule. But some credit has to be given to Avella for its turn around. I could see them giving FC a hell of a ball game, and beating Carlynton and Serra Catholic. But hey, they’re looking playoff bound at this point. And tons of credit must be given to Avella’s coaching staff and the individual players.

All in all the question must be ask, why is this conference so bad? Is it lack of players at skill positions? Are teams not deep at the lines. I just don’t know. The Conference’s 3rd and 4th place teams routinely get whooped by 40+ in the first round of the playoffs on a yearly basis.

When I look around the landscape, I see teams like Springdale, Southern Columbia, Riverside, Dunmore, and Sharpsville all put together very good Class A teams on a yearly basis. They all have similar types of athletes that a typical Jefferson Morgan or a Carmichaels team puts out on a yearly basis. So what are those aforementioned schools doing differently than Tri County South schools?

As a person that thinks everything runs in cycles, yes I believe that the TCS will become a player in WPIAL football again. It’ll take a lot of work, and coaching to accomplish. Unsure when it will happen, but it will.

Blackhills Conference Week 4 Picks

Clairton 35
Monessen 14

Char Houston 20
Imani 14

Brentwood 35
Fort Cherry 20

Carlynton 28
Serra 7

Canevin 45
California 7

Apologize for the lack of  content so far. Busy with my courses and stuff… Will try to provide more this week. Tons of exciting action esp in the Blackhills.

Blackhills Report

What a great weekend this past weekend was.

We saw a new found running attack at Fort Cherry with Kolby Kobrys had 30 touches(1 reception) for 251 yards in a 31-21 win over Carlynton. Chartiers Houston gave Clairton all they could handle but fell short 22-20. Monessen rolled to 35 first half points in a 42-13 win over California. For the most part Canevin kept Imani grounded in their 21-7 win. And finally Brentwood rolled Serra in a 48-0.

This weekend is judgement weekend for 4 teams; Chartiers Houston, Biship Canevin, Monessen, and Brentwood. Both of these games; Char Houston @ Bishop Canevin and Monessen @ Brentwood are the top 2 match ups of the weekend. Another great match up will be Fort Cherry @ California. Clairton will head up to Carnegie to take on Carlynton while Imani Christian heads to Serra Catholic.

I think CH has too many weapons for BC to handle in David Kincaid, Miles Williamson, Conner Craig, and Javon Hairston, and CH should win by 2-3 TD’s over BC.

Brentwood vs Monessen features quite the interesting match up. It ultimately boils down to who wins the LOS battle and the biggest battle will be between Justice Rawlins(All American LB Monessen) and Justin Vickless(RB Brentwood). Monessen does feature Chavas Rawlins(QB/WVU commit) and outside weapons in Clintell Gillaspie, Javon Brown, and Keith Davis. All in all I think Brentwood features the better team. This game should live up to the hype.

Fort Cherry and California are both rebuilding programs after losing a lot from last years playoff teams. I tend to believe that FC is the better program and should win with relative ease.

Question is how will Clairton rebound after playing possibly its worst game in 4 years. After the Laurel loss 4 years ago, Clairton pounded Monessen 46-0. I expect a similar result when the Bears take on Carlynton.

Imani is a new WPIAL program taking on a Serra Catholic program that was in the State Championship 5 years ago. Its crazy to see how fast the Serra program fall off the map after Rich Bowen left. Imani will get their first WPIAL win this Friday night.

Chartiers Houston 35 Bishop Canevin 20
Monessen 14 Brentwood 35
Fort Cherry 28 California 7
Clairton 55 Carlynton 0
Imani 35 Serra 0

Hope everyone enjoys their week. I’m going to post my picks for all Wash County schools later in the week.

Bears Problems Lie a Little Deeper than Ineligible Players

I think it’s very easy to say that the Bears woes Friday night was mostly due to 14 players being ineligible. And granted with 4 of those are likely starters on the OLine, which would’ve helped create some holes in the running game.

The thing that I noticed was a hint of predictability in the plays. You either had a Tyler Boyd or Robert Boatwright run, or either Clifford, Ford, or Boyd looked for the long ball. The intermediate or short passing game was nonexistent. Maybe it was game 1 woes/jitters but most of the long passes seemed to have far too much air under the ball, which allowed the defensive back to get back into the play and tip the ball away. Even WR screens looked off w/ one of the passes sailed about 5 yards over Boyds head.

One of the plays that left me shaking my head was on a 4th and 4. Why heave the ball down the field hoping for a big play when there was a player wide open underneath? Get the 1st down and then worry about getting points on the board.

Another concern has to be presnap penalties. You cannot run effective plays without the play even being run & being forced to move back 5 yards. With a shaky line I can understand some of the procedure calls but NOT when its done by a RB or WR. The one penalty that I completely understood was when Titus Howard popped a RB after the whistle. Even I thought that was a backyards pass and should’ve been ruled a fumble. The holding calls by the shaky & inexperienced offensive line is to be expected.

For the most part the defense looked good, but there where instances where it looked shaky with missed tackles.

Thing is, Clairton must find some form of unpredictability on offense or the team may not win at Heinz or even make it there.

With everything said, we’re dealing with kids riding a 48 game winning streak. They’re bound to have an bad game. Even though they(Bears) played their worst game in 4 years, they still won.

But hey, we also must give Chartiers Houston some credit here. They came to play and made some plays when they needed to. They certainly looked like a team that will surprise some teams along the way and possibly make the playoffs in a very strong conference that features, Clairton, Brentwood, Canevin, and Monessen. 7 teams made the playoffs last year so a very good team will get left out. The Bucs have some very good players in RB Javon Hairston, RB David Kinclaid, WR Conner Craig, WR Miles Williamson, and CB Grant Foster.

Clairton will be fine, it was just one game. But they do have to fix some things particularly in the passing game. And I think they will.