Time to get a look at W.Pa. football teams
By Jeff Oliver
Published: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, 12:16 a.m.
As the first week of summer camp is coming to a close, are you wondering how your favorite team will look this season?
How are the Charleroi Cougars doing under new coach Ed Jenkins?
Is West Virginia University recruit Chavas Rawlins going to lead a potent Monessen offense?
What is Belle Vernon Area doing to replace such stars as Ian Dobbins and Adam Cole?
What has Ringgold and coach Matt Humbert accomplished so far being away at camp at California University?
And what is new Bentworth coach Bob Niziol doing with the Bearcats so far?
You can get an idea to some of the answers Saturday morning when all the area teams participate in their initial scrimmages. Times are set for 10 a.m.
All nine area schools will be hitting opposing teams for the first time this season, with some interesting matchups on tap.
Two local schools, Monessen and Frazier, will scrimmage at Perryopolis at 10 a.m. The teams were previously in the same conference in the Tri-County South before Monessen was moved to the Black Hills Conference.
Another matchup that bears watching will be at Jim Weir Stadium, where BVA will go up against perennial WPIAL power Central Valley. Central Valley won the Class AAA title in 2010 before falling short last season.
The scrimmage will feature two of the premier athletes in the WPIAL in the Leps' Dorian Johnson and CV's Robert Foster.
“I'm hoping we're ready to hit somebody else,” BVA coach Aaron Krepps said. “I guess we will find that out once we start scrimmaging. It's early in the process, but I feel like we are moving forward.
“As coaches we look forward to seeing Central Valley and a talented kid like Foster.”
Charleroi fans will get a first glimpse of the Jenkins-led Cougars at new Charleroi Stadium against Beth-Center.
Ringgold will scrimmage at home Saturday and host Class AAAA Baldwin.
Other scrimmages involving area teams will see Bentworth at Wilkinsburg, California at home with Jefferson-Morgan, Elizabeth Forward going to McGuffey and Yough at Laurel Highlands.
Scrimmages have been announced for next week as well, with most of them taking place Friday evening.
The week two scrimmages will be highlighted by Charleroi visiting Memorial Stadium to work against the Greyhounds at 6 p.m.
Other week two scrimmages include BVA at West Allegheny (6 p.m.), Ringgold hosting South Park (6 p.m.), California at Bentworth (7 p.m.), Yough at Elizabeth Forward (7:30 p.m.) and Frazier at North Catholic at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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