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Hampton plays Mars for conference title

| Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

This week marks the end of the football regular season, and while many local teams will strap on their helmets for the last time, Hampton will be vying for a section title.

Mars at Hampton, 7 p.m.

Last year, Hampton was edged by the Plants at Mars, so it's hoping home-field advantage will be the difference in what should be a close game.

Hampton showed how dangerous its offense can be as quarterback Jon Nigro threw pin-point passes to Eddie Edwards and Jon Floss most of last week.

To complement the passing game, Hampton has three running backs in Anthony Bianco, Frank Bello and Ben Foreman who can wear down a defense.

“Mars is very, very good,” Nigro said. “We will have to work hard this week in practice.”

Shaler at Norwin, 7:30 p.m.

Shaler coach Chris Siegle doesn't treat any opponent with more preparation than another. When his team invades Norwin this week, the goal is the same as always.

“Execute (the game plan) and compete,” Siegle said. “The big thing for the kids is to stay the course. Norwin just happens to be the next team on the schedule.”

Shaler is looking for its first win of the season, and Norwin could be a good matchup for the Titans.

Norwin got trounced last week by Hempfield, 42-8, and only has one win this season.

Vincentian at Beth-Center, 7 p.m.

The Royals are growing incrementally each week, but the season finale will again be a tough test. Beth-Center scored seven rushing touchdowns last week in a 54-6 win over Avella.

Vincentian has suffered some injuries along its offensive line, which will pose a problem if everyone isn't ready to go this week.

“This will be a special game,” Royals coach Tim Storino said. “We have five seniors who will play their last game, so we don't have a lot of time left together.”

John Mineo, who was hurt in the first game, rehabbed well, according to Storino, so he could be back for this game. Mieno played last week.

Quarterback Mike Tappe again will be the key to the Royals' offense.

Plum at Pine-Richland, 7:30 p.m.

The Rams playoff hopes ended with a tough loss to North Hills last week, so the team looks to end the season on a winning note against Plum. The Mustangs were shutout by Upper St. Clair last week.

Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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