Beth-Center ready to defend Tri-County South title
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Despite losing several key graduates from last season's team which won the Class A Tri-County South Conference, Beth-Center isn't entering this season in a rebuilding phase.
Depth, in fact, will be a strength, especially at the skill positions.
Coach Ed Woods has a strong, talented group of running backs, highlighted by three-year starter Matt Riggle, who also will anchor the defense at free safety.
“He's a kid who works very hard and has a lot of experience,” Woods said. “He is a really smart player and most importantly is a true team player. He's not selfish at all and knows the game. He sets a great example for the younger guys to follow.”
Woods expects Riggle to get some assistance, which should keep him fresh late in games.
“We have about four or five backs who we are comfortable getting the ball,” Woods said.
Senior Gino Faieta (6-foot-3, 226 pounds) returns at quarterback and provides the Bulldogs with that what Woods calls tremendous leadership.
“Gino is like having another coach on the field,” Woods said. “He knows the offense and knows how to lead the team.”
Graduation decimated the offensive and defensive lines.
“We have some younger guys ready to step in, and they've worked extremely hard over the offseason,” Woods said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Class AAAA breakdown: Wealth of talent places target on Central Catholic
- Class AAA breakdown: Armstrong merger shakes up Greater Allegheny Conference
- From football savvy to smarts, Freeport’s Thimons seems to have it all
- Valley set to air it out this season
- Knoch tailbacks look to ‘take it and run with it’ in battle for No. 5 jersey
- HSFB preview by position: WPIAL full of game-changing kickers
- Merger sparks position battles at Armstrong
- Freeport looks to air it out again
- Returning QB Thimons ready to lead Highlands
- Karns City chasing 4th straight district title
- Gorman: Don’t judge WPIAL by the cover