Brentwood readies for home opener vs. Monessen
By Ray Fisher
Published: Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, 11:55 a.m.
MONESSEN at BRENTWOOD
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
This is Brentwood's home opener, and it may be the Spartans' most scrutinized contest at Brentwood Stadium all year.
Monessen is led by a talented senior quarterback in Chavas Rawlins, one of the top athletes in the WPIAL who is a West Virginia recruit.
Rawlins accounted for 286 offensive yards and five touchdowns in Monessen's 41-13 rout of California last week.
The 6-3, 188-pound Rawlins ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries, and completed nine of 16 passes for 142 yard and five touchdowns.
Brentwood warmed up to this week's daunting task with a 48-0 victory against an undermanned Serra Catholic squad.
The Spartans led at halftime, 42-0, behind the one-two punch of Justin Vickless (four touchdowns) and Zach Sniadach.
Vickless, a 5-10, 162-pound junior who rushed for 140 yards on 11 carries in the game, scored three times on the ground and once on a 20-yard interception return.
Sniadach, a 6-1, 185-pound senior, reached the end zone on a 31-yard pass from senior quarterback Chris Shortley, and also on a 45-yard interception return.
Other players to watch at Monessen include four talented juniors in middle linebacker and H-back Justice Heath, wide receiver/linebacker Clintell Gillespie, two-way tackle Justice Tartt, and wide receiver/running back/cornerback Javon Brown.
“We have a handful of other guys who can play Division I or I-AA,” Andy Pack, Monessen's head coach, said. “Some of the guys got time last year as younger players and now they know what to expect.”
Heath, who missed last year with a knee injury, was an all-state selection as a freshman.
A young team in 2011, the Greyhounds didn't have the season they have come to expect last year, finishing with a 6-3 overall record.
The Greyhounds moved into the challenging Black Hills Conference — which includes four-time WPIAL Class A champion Clairton — this season.
“There are no two ways about it,” Pacak said, “it's going to be like a playoff game each week.”
And in particular, this week.
Trib Total Media contributed to this story.
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