Oliver: Frazier can complete turnaround with win vs. Beth-Center
Mike Steeber would like nothing more than a repeat performance Friday night when his Frazier Commodores take on undefeated Beth-Center in the Tri-County South Conference Game of the Year.
That's because last season, the Commodores knocked off the Bulldogs, 21-14, when B-C came into that game undefeated.
The difference was last season, Frazier had already lost two games in the conference and ended up with the third seed going into the playoffs.
This year, Frazier has only one loss and with a win Friday would move into a three-way tie for first with B-C and the winner of the Carmichaels-Avella game.
It's been a long, long time since the Commodores have hoisted a conference title banner in football and that drought could come to an end with a win on Friday.
Steeber and his staff has worked hard the last few years to make the Commodores relevant in football. And his efforts are being noticed.
Over the last few seasons Frazier has been a wide-open scoring team that plays an attitude. And they made the playoffs.
Two years ago, the Commodores beat Monessen and last year they beat B-C.
The next big step is ending up at the top of the conference standings and getting a home playoff game.
Tomorrow won't accomplish that step.
But it certainly will help with the running start needed to complete that step. Twice as nice
If Monessen defeats Mountain Ridge, Md. Friday night, the Greyhounds will actually gain two victories instead of one.
That's because Monessen (5-1, 5-1) will also be getting a forfeit victory from Imani Christian, the team originally on the Greyhounds' schedule before the school dropped football and created the opening that was filled by Mountain Ridge.
So, if Monessen returns home victorious against the Miners, the Greyhounds will actually be 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the Black Hills Conference.
Two wins for the price of one.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.