Schoolboy pick of week: West Mifflin
By Jeff Oliver
Published: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
It has been a long time since the Elizabeth Forward football team has played a game of the importance of what the Warriors will do tonight at West Mifflin.
EF (3-2, 3-2) visits the unbeaten Titans (5-0, 5-0) in the Big Nine Conference.
The Warriors are currently tied for fourth place in the conference with Ringgold and plays the Rams next week.
Five teams make the playoffs, so knocking off the Titans would go a long way in helping EF to make the playoffs for the first time in a while.
The streaking Warriors have won three straight games and have allowed just 18 points in that span.
However, holding down the high-scoring Titans, who average 47 points per game, will be no easy task.
West Mifflin has running back Jimmy Wheeler, who leads the WPIAL in rushing and already has gone over 1,000 yards for the season.
Still, EF was stingy against another Big Nine unbeaten, Thomas Jefferson, losing 21-19 in the second game of the season. And the Warriors haven't tasted defeat since.
In only his second year, EF coach Mike LeDonne has done wonders in turning EF from an also-ran into a contender.
Of course, it helps that the Warriors have JaQuan Davidson, a talented junior transfer quarterback who has rushed for 534 yards and scored 10 touchdowns while passing for another 261 yards and two scores.
But Davidson isn't EF's only offensive weapon as running back Rex Pearce has rushed for 522 yards and scored seven TDs.
With EF's potent offense, this game could come down to if the Warriors can be the first team to slow down Wheeler.
And that's a mighty big ‘IF.'
I don't think the Warriors will wilt under the bright spotlight, but I don't think they will quite knock the wheels off Wheeler, either.
The pick: West Mifflin, 28-14.
Best of the rest
•Monessen at Serra Catholic. The Greyhounds might feel like, for one night, they are back in the weak Tri-County South Conference as Serra has allowed a whopping 52.4 points per game. Monessen, 52-0.
•BV Area at Trinity. The Leps have to dig in and make a last stand if they have any aspirations to get into the playoffs. Even with that, it won't be enough. Trinity, 20-14.
•Ringgold at Albert Gallatin. The Rams average close to 30 points per game and the winless Colonials are getting raked to the tune of 44.8 points per game. Enough said. Ringgold, 44-14.
•Charleroi at Waynesburg. Good news and bad news for the Cougars. The good news is this game shouldn't go into the mercy rule. The bad news? Waynesburg, 24-14.
•Frazier at Avella. Who would have ever thought that the words “Avella” and “unbeaten” would go in the same sentence? Frazier has been a bit disappointing, but I just can't bring myself to pick the Eagles. Frazier, 24-21.
•Imani Christian at California. The game may have been moved to California, but the result will be the same. Imani Christian, 28-7.
•Bentworth at Mapletown. The Bearcats are beginning to like being in the Tri-County South. This could be rare back-to-back wins for them. Bentworth, 28-21.
•Valley at Yough. Yough has suffered three straight lopsided losses while Vikings have won two straight. Both streaks will end. Yough, 21-20.
Last week: 7-2. Season record: 35-6.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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