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Ringgold's Law is Player of the Week again

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Ringgold's Nico Law is The Valley Independent Player of the Week.

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Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

As of lately, there are pretty much three things in life that are guaranteed: Death, taxes and Nico Law is going to chew up somebody's defense.

Law, Ringgold's junior quarterback, was at it again Friday in a 42-7 win over Big Nine Conference foe Albert Gallatin.

Law completed 13 of 18 passes for 266 yards (20.5 yards per completion) and three touchdowns. He also had 127 yards rushing on nine carries (14.1 yards per carry) and another touchdown to pace Ringgold (4-2, 4-2).

For his efforts, Law is this week's The Valley Independent Player of the Week. He has won the honor twice this season.

“Nico did exactly what Nico needs to do for us and we are coming to expect from him,” Ringgold coach Matt Humbert said.

Humbert said that Law, who has posted gaudy numbers week-in and week-out continues to get better because he wants to improve.

For the season, the Ram star has rushed for 7-7 yards and seven TDs and thrown for 1,049 yards and 12 TDs.

The scary thought is that as good as Law has been, he isn't at the top of his game.

“He isn't close to where he can be as a football player yet,” Humbert said. “But he is determined to get there with his work ethic.”

In honor of the Halloween season, that is a very scary thought - for opposing defenses.

Those garnering honorable mention include:

•Ringgold's Dayshore Majors, who caught three passes for 82 yards, including TDs covering 65 and three yards. He also scored a two-point conversion.

•Monessen's Clintell Gillaspie, who made the most of his three touches in a 55-19 win over Serra by catching two passes for 120 yards and two TDs and carrying the ball once for 25 yards and another score.

•Monessen's Javon Brown, who had two carries for 98 yards, including a 95-yard romp and also scored on a 92-yard kickoff return.

•Belle Vernon Area's Derek Verklereen, who had a season-high 166 yards rushing on 18 carries and also booted four extra-points in a 28-0 win over Trinity.

•BVA's Cody Menges, who caught four passes for 109 yards, including two TDs and also ran for another TD.

•BVA quarterback Mike Fine, who hit on eight of 18 passes for 157 yards and two TDs.

•Charleroi running back Brandon Bowman, who rushed for a season-high 127 yards on 14 carries and scored twice in a 46-21 loss to Waynesburg.

•Charleroi quarterback Brennan Matthews, who threw for 154 yards.

•Yough's Clayton Waldron who rushed for 157 yards and scored three TDs in a 46-32 loss to Valley.

•Yough quarterback Tyler Donahue, who threw for 146 yards and two TDs.

•Frazier quarterback Charles Manack, who hit on nine of 16 passes for 141 yards and three TDs in a 33-9 win over Avella.

•Frazier running back Nick Smalich, who rushed for 101 yards, including a 17-yards scoring run.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or

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