High school football notebook: Bishop Canevin finds Week 1 opponent
After searching in Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia, Bishop Canevin found a last-minute opponent in Indiana County to replace Imani Christian Academy.
The Crusaders will visit District 6's United on Saturday afternoon. United had an open date on its schedule when Week 1 opponent Rockwood folded its football program.
“They were in the same situation we were, just wanting a game,” said Darren Schoppe, Canevin's first-year coach. “The kids will be excited.”
Imani decided two weeks ago that it did not have enough players to field a team this season. That left little time for the nine Class A schools of the Black Hills Conference to fill the void left in their schedules.
Carlynton, Chartiers-Houston, Monessen and Fort Cherry also have found replacements, and Brentwood was finalizing plans. California had contacted two out-of-state teams that could fill the hole in the schedule.
In Week 4, Chartiers-Houston will host Conemaugh Township. In Week 5, Carlynton will host Westinghouse, a City League school. In Week 7, Monessen will visit Mountain Ridge in Frostburg, Md. In Week 8, Fort Cherry will host Brockway.
California, which has an open date Week 6, could lure Hancock, Md., or Hundred, W.Va. to its stadium. Clairton and Serra Catholic had not found a replacement by midweek, though Clairton never looked. Yet, Rockwood's misfortune might now help them. If interested, a few Cambria County teams scheduled to face Rockwood could play Black Hills teams.
• Comcast will record 12 WPIAL football games in high definition this season, available for subscribers of its Xfinity digital cable packages.
The programs will be available to watch through Comcast's On Demand feature the day after the game, under the “get local” option.
Along with three WPIAL playoff games, the schedule includes Mt. Lebanon at North Allegheny on Friday; Central Valley at Montour on Sept. 6; Greensburg Salem at Hampton on Sept. 13; Yough at Washington on Sept. 20; Seton-La Salle at South Fayette on Sept. 27; North Catholic at Avonworth on Oct. 4; Bethel Park at Upper St. Clair on Oct. 11; New Castle at Moon on Oct. 18; and Woodland Hills at Penn Hills on Oct. 25.
• Two WPIAL matchups will be featured among PCN's game of the week schedule this season. Clairton at California on Sept. 14, and Woodland Hills at Penn Hills on Oct. 26 will be televised on tape delay by the statewide cable channel.
The other games will be Wilson at Governor Mifflin on Friday, Parkland at Easton on Sept. 7, Elizabethtown at Manheim Central on Sept. 21, Selinsgrove at Berwick on Sept. 28, Oil City at Meadville on Oct. 5, Pen Argyl at Catasaqua on Oct. 12, and Muncy at South Williamsport on Oct. 19.
Cerro named AD
Montour football coach Lou Cerro has added the title of athletic director. He was recently promoted to replace Mitch Galiyas, who retired in June after 18 years. Montour hired Cerro as coach in 2005.