Southmoreland gridders seek first win at Ford City
When the Southmoreland and Ford City varsity football teams clash Friday night in a non-conference match-up at Ford City Field, both teams will be searching to find their true identity.
Ford City comes into the 7:30 game with the Scotties at 1-2. The Sabers were shut out in week one, 21-0 at the hands of Shady Side Academy.
In week two, the Sabers found their offense in a wide open 34-20 win over Freeport that coach John Bartolovic hoped would be a springboard headed into the Sept. 13 showdown with former Southmoreland head coach Dominic Pecora and the East Allegheny Wildcats.
But the Sabers could only muster Chantz Schrecengost's eight-yard touchdown run, and fell to the Wildcats 14-7.
Southmoreland enters the game with the Sabres at 0-3, having already faced the most brutal part of its 2013 schedule.
The Scotties opened the season with a 49-21 loss at the hands of Jeannette, and then fell to Shai McKenzie and the Little Prexies of Washington 48-20 in week two.
Last Friday, the Southmoreland took on cross town rival Mt. Pleasant and limped home after a 38-0 shutout at the hands of the Vikings.
For the Sabers, junior Mike Bartosiewicz takes over the quarterback position from for David Latanzio, who threw for 851 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.
Bartosiewicz will have a pair of hard runners in Schrecengost and August Mantini lined up behind him. Garrett Virosteck will be the fullback leading the Sabers' rushing attack. Schrecengost is coming off of a 118-yard rushing effort against East Allegheny.
Southmoreland is led by junior tailback Jake Pisula who was smothered by a swarming Mt. Pleasant defense last week. Pisula came into the game with the Vikings with back to back 100-yard efforts, but was limited to 42 yards on 28 carries against the Vikings.
Brennan Coles will be the starting quarterback for the Scotties, and Southmoreland coach Mark Adams is hoping that this is the week that Coles puts it all together and moves the chains for the Southmoreland offense.
The Scotties know that if they are to have any shot of making a playoff push this season, that they need to put wins on the board.
With Greensburg Central Catholic struggling, the fourth and final spot in the Class AA Interstate Conference is wide open. However, Yough has dramatically improved , and almost upset Jeannette last Friday night. Waynesburg and Central Catholic also will provide the Scotties with steep competition, so now is the time for the Scotties to right their ship and start moving in the right direction.
Mark King is a contributing writer.