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Teams look to stay in the playoff chase

| Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005

Playoff races are starting to heat up as Week 7 of the high school football season draws near, and a couple of local teams are right in the thick of things. Both Mt. Pleasant and Uniontown can stay in the postseason chase with a Keystone Conference victory this week. Meanwhile, in the Tri-County South, Frazier will try to pull itself out of last place, and Geibel will look to spoil Mapletown's perfect conference mark. Southmoreland will seek its first win of the year in its Interstate Conference game.

Keystone Conference

Belle Vernon at Mt. Pleasant

At 2-2 in the conference and 2-4 overall, the Vikings are just a step behind Albert Gallatin and Laurel Highlands and would squeak into the playoffs if the season were to end now. The Vikings, led by quarterback Jeff Marker, will look to keep it that way as they take on a winless Belle Vernon squad (0-6, 0-4). Mt. Pleasant suffered a couple of injuries in last week's win over Uniontown, but its defense will regroup in an effort to hold off quarterback Nick Keefer and the Leopards.

Uniontown at Derry

The Red Raiders (3-3, 2-2) suffered a close loss to Mt. Pleasant last week, so they'll be out for a little revenge against a Derry team which has posted just one victory this season. Quarterback Nick Baum and running back Nathan George will try to help the Trojans (1-5, 1-3) bounce back from a loss to Greensburg Salem last week, but they'll have to outgain running back John Farrell and tight end Kevin Sanders, along with tight end Quindell Dean, to do it.

Tri-County South Conference

West Greene at Frazier

The Commodores return home this week after quarterback Tony Battaglini's solid effort in a narrow loss at Geibel on Saturday. Quarterback A.J. Wilson and running back Andrew Behm will strive to keep the Pioneers (2-4, 1-3) just ahead of Frazier (1-5, 0-4) in the standings, while Battaglini, with help from running back Paul Sabo and fullback Joe Kulikoski, will seek to pull even with West Greene.

Geibel at Mapletown

Geibel is riding high after quarterback Mitch Erdely and running back Mario Fragello helped spark the team's first win of the year last week. This Friday, the Gators (1-5, 1-3) face a tough test, as Mapletown (5-1, 4-0) tries to maintain its perfect conference record. Look for running back Ryan Geisel to churn up his share of yardage along the way.

Interstate Conference

Southmoreland at Brownsville

The Scotties (0-6, 0-4) are still trying to jump-start their lagging offense, and Brownsville (2-4, 1-3) is hoping tailbacks Joe Feich and Demetrius Williams can help the Falcons recover from last week's loss to Jeannette.

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