Canevin, Carlynton preparing backup plans
TribLIVE Sports Videos
While the opponent may be unknown, the Bishop Canevin football team will play the first weekend of the season, athletic director Dan Bowman said.
Its original opponent that week, Imani Christian, has until Monday to gather enough players to field a team or it will have to let the other members of the Class A Black Hills conference know of its intention to not play its nine-game schedule.
The Crusaders were scheduled to play the Saints at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at Dormont Memorial Stadium.
Bowman said he was working to find a replacement and may be able to schedule another WPIAL opponent.
“We are working on it right now,” Bowman said. “We don't know if it will be home or not, but what matters is if we play a game. We have someone who may be in a similar situation.”
Other schools may have to go a little further to find a replacement opponent. Carlynton was supposed to face Imani at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 in Week 5 but may need to look to Ohio or West Virginia — or get lucky and find a City League squad looking for a game.
“Some of the City League teams are looking for an opponent since they are down to five schools,” Carlynton athletic director Nate Milsom said. “We are looking to also send feelers out to out-of-state schools.
“We will absolutely be playing a game in Week 5.”
Imani Christian, a private school in the East Hills, is entering its second season in the WPIAL. The school gained admission to the league after winning an appeal with the PIAA and remains on WPIAL probation, making it ineligible for the playoffs.
The Saints finished their 2012 season 6-3. Many of the athletes from that team followed former coach Harvey Smith to Renaissance Academy — a non-WPIAL school in Penn Hills — causing the drop in numbers.
Some other schools in the Black Hills Conference — which includes Brentwood, California, Chartiers-Houston, Clairton, Fort Cherry, Monessen and Serra Catholic — have been sent scrambling looking for an opponent, and some may use the week as a time to rest before the playoffs.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-388-5813.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- McCutchen, Pirates cruise past Twins
- Beaver County widow won’t lose home over $6.30 late fee
- Steelers unfazed by Brady suspension saga
- Police: Scottdale man had child porn on computer
- Judge adds 2 years to sentence of Baldwin Borough man acquitted of murder
- Housing Authority to treat Brookline senior complex for bedbugs
- Power out at UPMC Mercy, hospital operating on backup generators
- Gibsonia’s Saad shows off Stanley Cup at 911th Airlift Wing
- Steelers’ Wheaton adjusting his game moving to slot receiver
- Plum High School teacher held for court on charges of intimidation
- Driver accused of crashing head-on into Ligonier officer’s SUV waives right to preliminary hearing