Southmoreland gridders seek first win at Ford City
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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.
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.
- Through the years: Bell-Avon rings out in program’s finale
- High school notebook: WPIAL adjusts to accommodate Armstrong merger
- Pine-Richland falls short in PIAA Class AAAA final
- Clairton falls short vs. Bishop Guilfoyle in PIAA Class A title game
- WPIAL’s Top 10 football champions of all time
- Through the years: Ken High, Apollo go out in style
- Jeannette coach honored for sportsmanship
- Pace-setting by center part of Pine-Richland’s run to PIAA semifinals
- Gorman: South Fayette has a ‘No Fly’ zone
- Gorman: Central Valley’s life after death
- Gorman: Gastion goes deep for Pine-Richland