Schoolboy pick of week: Ringgold
The best way to tell the Ringgold and Elizabeth Forward football teams apart is the colors of their uniforms.
Other than that, they will look pretty similar when they meet on the artificial surface of Joe Montana Stadium in a Big Nine Conference feature contest Friday night.
Both have 4-2 records.
Both have talented quarterbacks who can beat a defense either running or throwing the football.
Both have quick, explosive receivers who have the ability to go the distance any time they get their hands on the ball.
Both have outstanding kick return units that can break a game open at any time.
Both average more than 30 points per game and have defenses that give around 20 a contest.
OK, you get the picture.
One thing that both teams can't do Friday, however, is win.
And you can bet your favorite heirloom that both coaches know the importance of winning this game.
With Thomas Jefferson and West Mifflin both undefeated, the top two spots in the conference are pretty much spoken for.
However, third place and a possible home game in the first round of the playoffs could come to the winner, depending on how the rest of the season plays out.
With the amount of talent on both offenses, the winner could very well be the last team with the football.
Ringgold coach Matt Humbert admitted both teams are similar and that makes picking the game all the more difficult.
In the end, this one comes down to the quarterbacks.
EF's JaQuan Davidson is very good.
Ringgold's Nico Law is great.
The pick: Ringgold, 34-31.
Best of the rest
• BV Area at Thomas Jefferson. Jaguar claws are much sharper than a Leopard's. TJ has an average winning margin of 36 points. Ouch. Pick:TJ, 35-10.
• Monessen at Mountain Ridge, Md. The trip to Maryland will be well worth it for the Greyhounds. Pick: Monessen, 40-14.
• Charleroi at Greensburg C.C. GCC has been finding ways to get it done with three straight wins. Charleroi is still searching for that formula. Pick: Greensburg C.C., 28-14.
• Beth-Center at Frazier. Battle for a share of the Tri-County South lead for the Commodores. Both teams average of 40 points a game and Frazier gives up 8.5 points and the Bulldogs 4.8. Something has to give. Pick: Frazier, 20-14.
• California at Chartiers-Houston. Don't look now, but if the Trojans win, they control their own destiny for the playoffs. RB Lester McGriff has been a great addition for the Trojans. Pick: California, 21-17.
• Bentworth at Geibel. Rare chance for either of these two teams to taste victory. The Bearcats get to celebrate. Pick: Bentworth, 21-14.
Last week: 9-0. Season record: 49-4.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.