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Sunday, August 24, 2008

defeated Uniontown last season and captured our third consecutive
Keystone Conference title. It was very exciting because the team bonded together

and we played well. Afterwards, we celebrated.
— JEFF WELC, Mt. Pleasant senior wide receiver

INTERSTATEconference · Class AA
2008 season preview · By PAUL SCHOFIELD

7:30 p.m. · Friday · McKee Stadium
Jeannette tries to stop running back Monte’ Ashby. Interstate Conference champ will have to be at the top of its game
he Class AA Interstate
7:30 p.m. · Sept. 5 · Mt. Pleasant Vikings Stadium
These two teams will be vying for playoff berths. T Conference may be the toughest
in the WPIAL.
With Jeannette — which won its first
GREENSBURG CC at MT. PLEASANT PIAA title and second consecutive
7:30 p.m. · Sept. 19 · Mt. Pleasant Vikings Stadium WPIAL crown last season — and
Mt. Pleasant will renew an old rivalry against GCC. Greensburg Central Catholic tradition-
ally going deep in the playoffs, it’s hard
7:30 p.m. · Oct. 24 · Washington Stadium And with the addition of Mt. Pleasant,
An interesting rivalry that could decide a playoff berth. Charleroi and South Allegheny, the con-
ference got even stronger.
6 p.m. · Oct. 25 · Brownsville coach Andy Assad said
William Abraham Field at Spartan Stadium he’s looking forward to the season with
This game decided the conference title the past 6 seasons. 16 returning starters.

With the return of J.J. Stoken, Mike
PLAYERS TO WATCH Bennett and three offensive linemen,
look for Brownsville to run the ball.


East Allegheny, Sr., RB · 5-foot-11, 190 pounds Second-year Charleroi coach Luke
Mollis will be rebuilding his program.
Ashby rushed for 1,763 yards and “We were in a lot of games last year;
19 touchdowns last season and we just didn’t have enough to get over
was the only running back to rush the hump,” Mollis said.
for more than 100 yards against Mollis must replace his entire back-
Jeannette. field. Fullback Scott Weaver, who
played behind David Grillo the past
three seasons, will be counted on to
CHRIS HALL gain important yards.
Jeannette, Sr., G/DT · 5-foot-10, 225 pounds
He is a three-year starter
East Allegheny
on the offensive line, Running back Monte Ashby returns
the past two as the starting center. to lead East Allegheny. The senior
rushed for 1,763 yards and 19 touch-
downs last season.
Junior Trevor Morris will get the
nod at quarterback.
NICK KARABIN Greensburg Central Catholic
Greensburg Central Catholic, Sr., LB · 6-foot-1⁄2, 215 pounds
Greensburg Central Catholic coach ERIC SCHMADEL/TRIBUNE-REVIEW
He was an all-conference Muzzy Colosimo calls the linebacker
linebacker and one Jeannette quarterback Cameron Baradziej takes a snap during the first day of practice
corps of Nick Karabin, Zach Wilson, earlier this month at McKee Stadium in Jeannette.
of the team’s top tacklers Mark Hornfeck and Ed Day the finest
last season. unit he’s ever coached.
The Centurions are expected to chal- “I believe our niche will be running
lenge Jeannette for the conference title. the football, and that is what I’m lean-
The emergence of junior quarterback PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH ing toward,” Ruffner said. “We have a
ADAM PALCIC Trent Hurley has allowed Colosimo to couple young quarterbacks who, I
Greensburg CC , Sr., WR/DB · 6-foot-2, 185 pounds Team Last year’s record
move two-year starter Adam Palcic to expect, will develop into good
wide receiver. 1. Jeannette 16-0 passers.”
Started two seasons as
2. Greensburg CC 7-3
Centurions quarterback, Jeannette 3. East Allegheny 6-4 South Allegheny
but will move to wide receiver. Former Duquesne High School coach
Jeannette returns numerous starters 4. Mt. Pleasant 7-3
from last year’s WPIAL and PIAA Pat Monroe takes over at South
5. Washington 6-3 Allegheny, and he becomes the school’s
championship team, but lost Terrelle 6. McGuffey 4-5
Pryor to graduation. Running back third coach in the past four years.
7. South Allegheny 2-7 Monroe will be counting on line-
ELI OBADE Jordan Hall, who already has commit-
ted to Ohio State, guard Chris Hall, run- 8. Waynesburg 0-9 backer Tom Vasilich to be a team leader.
Charleroi, Sr., TE · 6-foot-7, 245 pounds 9. Brownsville 1-8
ning backs James Derry and Dane Washington
The senior is getting Vaughan are back. 10. Charleroi 2-7
Division I interest after Washington finished fourth in the
“We return most of our offensive
conference. The Prexies — hard hit by
moving from tackle to tight end. line, and our defense might be quicker graduation — will be led by seniors
than last year’s group,” Jeannette Mark Wise at free safety and Bryan
coach Ray Reitz said. “We have the fill. He’ll be counting on junior fullback
Nick Shuman and junior halfback Thomas at defensive end.
potential to be a very good team.”
Trent Bedilion. Waynesburg

Mt. Pleasant Second-year coach Scott Orndoff will
THINGS TO KNOW McGuffey coach Derek Bochna said count on running back Nick Patton,
he’s been pleasantly surprised with his First-year coach Bo Ruffner, who who played quarterback last season,
2 team’s progress. With only 10 starters coached at Hempfield previously, will and Jacob Butcher to carry the ground
Consecutive WPIAL Class AA titles won by Jeannette. returning, Bochna has some holes to be install the Wing-T offense. game.

Consecutive WPIAL Class AAA Keystone Conference titles won
by Mt. Pleasant before dropping to Class AA. TAKEfive
860 with JORDAN HALL
The amount of points Jeannette scored last year Question: If you were the coach of a National A: The NBA All-Star Game because of all the Q: If you could be a comic-book hero and
in setting a state record. Football League team and could have any celebrities who are there. I’d take my cousin have one supernatural power that would set
28 player past or present on your roster, who Chris (Hall). you apart from mere mortals, what would it
would it be and why? be?
The amount of points Waynesburg scored in the conference.
The points all came during the final three games of the season. Answer: Barry Sanders (former Detroit Lions Q: You have verbally committed to attend A: I’d like to fly.
running back). Because he’s small like me. Ohio State and join the football team next
578 year, but if that doesn’t work out, what would Q: If you could take a trip anywhere in the
The amount of yards Jeannette gained in only 25 plays against Jeannette Q: If you could have two tickets to any sport- be your dream job? world, where would you go?
Southmoreland. Jeannette also scored nine touchdowns. Running back ing event, what would it be and who would A: I’d be a boss in an office, so I could order A: Bahamas.
you invite to accompany you? people around.

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