Southmoreland prepares for winless Brownsville
When the Southoreland Scotties and Brownsville Falcons tangle in Friday's Class AA Interstate Conference matchup, it will be hard to tell who the home team is.
On the schedule, Southmoreland is supposed to wear the home colors.
The game, scheduled to be played at Russ Grimm Field in Alverton, has been once again moved to California of Pennsylvania's Adamson Stadium.
For the Scotties, playing another home game that consists of a 45 minute bus ride is becoming tiresome.
For the Falcons, Adamson Stadium is probably closer to the school than their home field in Redstone. So Falcon fans are probably rejoicing in the fact that they do not have very far to travel for this road game.
The game itself will pit two teams with disappointing seasons against one another.
Southmoreland enters the contest 1-5 overall, 1-4 in the conference.
Brownsville has yet to put a “W” in the win column this season and is 0-6 overall, after going 0-9 in 2012.
Southmoreland could very easily have been 3-3 heading into the stretch run of their schedule. The Scottie lost a heartbreaking 21-20 decision to Greensburg Central Catholic last week, and dropped a 9-6 decision to Ford City Sept. 20.
But what could have been and should have been will give way to reality when the two teams get together for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday.
The reality is that despite sporting a 1-5 record, the Southmoreland squad is a good football team that has fallen into some bad luck this season.
Brownsville, on the other hand, has struggled to even be competitive in a few of its games.
The Falcons were bullied by the Burrell Bucs in week one, 46-14. In week two, Yough defeated the Falcons 30-21. The Yough game was the closest the Falcons have been to any opponent this season.
In week 3, Waynesburg downed the Falcons 35-6, and in week 4, Jeannette had the junior varsity in for most of the second half during a lopsided victory.
In the last two weeks, Brownsville has been beaten by Greensburg Central Catholic, 35-6, and undefeated Washington, 50-14.
Brownsville coach Von Braddock has had his work cut out for him since taking over the reins for the Falcons. Limited participation in summer workouts had Braddock thinking that he may not have enough players to field a team this season.
Since 2005, the Falcons have not won more than two games in a season, and with games left against Southmoreland, unbeaten Mt. Pleasant, and Charleroi, the chances of getting three wins in 2013 are very slim.
The Falcons will rely on sophomore running back Marcellis Grooms to carry the offensive load. Grooms rushed for 227 yards and scored two touchdowns as a freshman last season.
Shane Roebuck will guide the offense from the quarterback position. Roebuck has a good arm and looks for his favorite receiver Devin Braddock quite often.
The Scotties showed that they are vulnerable against the screen pass last week, so look for the Falcons to try and exploit that flaw in the Southmoreland defense Friday.
If the Scotties swarm to the ball like they did last week against Greensburg Central, and Jake Pisula and Aaron Bailey continue to tear up the running game, this game may get out of hand early.
Mark King is a contributing writer.