Schoolboy pick of the week: Hounds
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Will he play or won't he?
That seemed to be a popular question this week when it comes to the availability of Brentwood's outstanding running back, Justin Vickless. His Spartans visit Monessen tonight in a showdown of two of the Black Hills Conference's top teams.
Vickless, who ran over the Greyhounds for nearly 200 yards in last year's 35-28 Monessen win, hurt his knee during summer camp. The senior running back tweaked it in last week's romp over Serra. He came out of the game after a handful of carries and never went back in.
Vickless tweeted earlier in the week that he has a partially torn ACL. However, coach Kevin Kissel said this week that his star player will play against the Greyhounds.
Meanwhile, Monessen coach Andy Pacak said it is business as usual this week as he fully expects the Spartans (1-0, 1-0) to have their top weapon in the lineup.
“They really didn't need him last week, but on tape when he played he looked pretty good to me,” Pacak said.
If Vickless is less than 100 percent, it certainly hurts Brentwood, but it doesn't take away from the importance of the game as the conference foes are both ranked among the Top 10 in WPIAL Class A.
The winner will stay in the hunt for a future showdown with unbeaten Clairton. The loser will pick up a costly loss in a conference top-heavy with talented teams.
The Greyhounds have an offense that has the ability to strike from anywhere on the field, as evidenced by the long TDs the team scored in last week's 40-0 win over California.
Pacak said he thinks his team's best defense will be to control the ball and keep it away from the Spartans.
However, I think the Greyhounds may have to do what they did last in last year's game — win a shootout.
This could be a track meet at Memorial Stadium.
The pick: Monessen, 28-26.
Best of the rest
• BV Area at West Mifflin. The Leps were impressive in pounding Uniontown last week. Uniontown is not West Mifflin. Pick: West Mifflin, 34-14.
• Laurel Highlands at Ringgold. The Rams will rediscover their offense against the Mustangs. Pick: Ringgold, 27-7.
• Charleroi at Jeannette. The going doesn't get any easier for the Cougars after last week's loss. Pick: Jeannette, 35-7.
• California at Fort Cherry. Bo Teets tastes victory for the first time as a head coach. Pick: California, 21-18.
• Carmichaels at Frazier. I have a feeling Frazier's starters will play a little longer this week. Pick: Frazier, 34-20.
• Yough at Brownsville. The Cougars pick up their second blowout win before the Interstate Conference schedule heats up dramatically with back-to-back games against Jeannette and Washington. Pick: Yough, 35-14.
• Elizabeth Forward at Thomas Jefferson. This one will be worth seeing as EF's explosive offense meets TJ's rock-solid defense. A year ago, TJ escaped with a 21-19 win. Pick: TJ, 21-17.
• Bentworth at Jeff-Morgan. Bearcats will wilt under the Rockets' red glare. Pick: Jeff-Morgan, 26-13.
Last week: 7-0. Season record, 7-0.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers veteran linebacker Harrison focused on stretch run
- Year’s worth of rain floods Qatar
- Online sales, promotions give Pittsburgh-area stores global reach
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin ends practice with third-down work
- Penguins co-owner Lemieux snuffs rumored rift with Crosby
- Crosby scores twice, Malkin delivers OT goal as Penguins beat Blues
- Puppies’ eyes glued shut, South Huntingdon animal shelter says
- North Hills Community Outreach’s Community Auto program giving away vehicle
- Friends, family, history lure natives back to Western Pennsylvania
- Edge Sports Academy will be offseason training option for baseball, softball players
- Security policies limit ‘insider threat’ at airports, TSA says