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First look at Mid-Mon Valley football teams comes Saturday

| Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Rich Downer/For The Valley Independent
Ringgold head coach Matt Humbert, flanked by assistants Jim Trenk (left) and Jim McGinley, is like any other coach as he is looking forward to seeing his team in its first scrimmage Saturday.

Wondering how your favorite high school football team will look this season?

How will Monessen do without multi-talented quarterback Chavas Rawlins under center for the first time in three years?

Will Belle Vernon Area be able to replace the huge shoes of two-way standout lineman Dorian Johnson?

What will Year Two of the Charleroi Cougars under coach Ed Jenkins produce?

Will Ringgold rebound from a disappointing 4-6 campaign of a year ago that included losses in the Rams' final four games?

How will the new-look California Trojans be under their first-year coach, Bo Teets?

There are certainly a lot of questions that will have to answered this season and fans will get a chance to have an idea just what those answers are Saturday morning when the first of two organized scrimmages for high school teams are held.

In 10 a.m. matchups, Monessen hosts Jeannette and Frazier in a tri-scrimmage, Laurel Highlands is at Yough, McGuffey is at Elizabeth Forward and Bentworth hosts Wilkinsburg.

Taking to the road will be BVA, Ringgold, Charleroi and California.

BVA goes to Central Valley, Ringgold is at Baldwin, Charleroi travels to Beth-Center and California is at Jefferson-Morgan.

Fans aren't the only ones excited to get a first look at their teams going up against competition from another school.

Coaches are also anxious to see how well their teams have come together after the first week of camp.

“I think the guys are looking forward to hitting somebody with a different color helmet on,” said Monessen's Andy Pacak. “After a week of going against each other, they are chomping at the bit to hit somebody else.

“And, as coaches, we are looking forward to seeing the players perform. There are still some jobs to be won.”

The scrimmages for Charleroi, EF and California will mark the first time their fans will see the 2013 team in action. Charleroi and EF have just returned from spending the first week of camp away from home while Teets closed the first week of his team's practices.

Most of the scrimmages next week will take place under the lights on Friday evening.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or

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