Waynesburg next foe for Soutmoreland
Last season, the Waynesburg Red Raiders were one of the youngest teams in the Class AA Interstate Conference.
Their starting positions on the field were filled by many underclassmen with very little varsity football experience.
The result was a disappointing 1-8 finish. But Raider fans can take heed that the team gained valuable playing experience and could build upon that experience heading into 2013.
The Raiders (2-2) have already shown some growth and a lot more potential heading into Friday's conference matchup with winless Southmoreland.
The Raiders lost their opener against Mt. Pleasant 33-13 and gave Greensburg Central Catholic a real scare when they trailed the Centurions 21-14 at halftime before falling 35-20.
Sandwiched between those two losses was a 35-6 thumping of Brownsville in which the Raiders' Bo Hampson and Hunter Cenname each rushed for more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Waynesburg will show the Scotties multiple offensive formations and at times, will run the wildcat attack. Hampson and Cenname will both be counted on to tote the ball for the Raiders, but look for Colby Collins and John Glen Davis to play major roles for the Raiders.
Collins will be the primary signal caller for the Raiders. Collins was 21-49 for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns last season.
Cenname lead the Raiders in rushing with 392 yards and five touchdowns.
On the offensive and defensive lines, the Raiders feature senior guards Tyler and Thomas Ames, along with three other returning lettermen from last year's squad.
The growing pains the Raiders suffered in 2012 are still there, but they are much less noticeable this year.
Southmoreland was able to take advantage of those growing pains last year with a convincing win over the Red Raiders.
This go around, the Scotties will have their hands full.
Southmoreland (0-4) will once again turn junior Jake Pisula loose on the Raider defense. Pisula is on pace for a 1,000-yard season for the Scotties, and the Raiders are vulnerable against the run.
This is an important game for both programs, so look for emotions to run high in this conference showdown.
Mark King is a contributing writer.