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Local teams look to rebound

| Friday, Sept. 20, 2002

This week, Southmoreland, Geibel and Frazier will each try to rebound from last week's losses and even their conference records. Meanwhile, Mount Pleasant, Laurel Highlands and Uniontown will take a break from conference action.

GCC at Southmoreland

After losing on the road to 2001 PIAA champions Washington last week, Southmoreland (0-1, 1-2) is looking to pick up its first Interstate Conference victory against winless Greensburg Central Catholic. The Centurions fell to Waynesburg last Friday, but the team ill turn to wide receiver Jon Kline and linebacker Tom Lazar to help it recover.

The Scotties will rely on quarterback Shane Datz, who likes to hit Justin Poole and Dreyer Shipley for scores.

Frazier at California

The Commodores (0-1, 1-2) had a tough time against Tri-County South opponent Monessen last week, getting shutout just six days after an encouraging win against Serra Catholic. Frazier quarterbacks T.J. Martinak and Steve Erdley will likely put the ball in the hands of Justin Knight as the team tries to get back on the winning track.

The Trojans, led by signal-caller Parke Bongiorno, haven't tasted victory yet. Nigel Wright and Chris Guerra are players to watch.

Geibel at Monessen

The Gators (0-1, 0-3) stayed winless with a tough loss six days ago in the Tri-County South opener against Jefferson-Morgan. Geibel quarterback John Bokat seems to have a favorite target in Ardie Renze, who looks to be one of the Gators' best hopes in their attempt to snap their losing streak.

Monessen looked dominant in defeating Frazier last week, and junior Robert Youngblood should see some more action tonight after running in a pair of scores against the Commodores.

Kittanning at MP

Mount Pleasant (0-2, 0-3) lost to Derry on a late-game touchdown last week, keeping its win column at zero. Mike Prinkey has been strong so far, and the Vikings should get some mileage out of him as they try to post their first victory.

Sam Panchik is in his first year as head coach after replacing Harry Beckwith, who retired as the winningest coach in the school's history. Panchik spent 22 seasons as Beckwith's assistant and hasn't made many changes to a team that finished 8-2 last year.

Laurel Highlands at Ambridge

The Mustangs (0-1, 0-3) couldn't muster much offense last week against Belle Vernon's running game, despite having a well-respected quarterback in Matt Humbert.

Antwjuan Cox played well on both sides of the ball and could be a factor this week as well.

Ambridge has both home-field advantage and a quick offense that includes junior running back Steffan Brinson.

Uniontown at Valley

The Red Raiders (2-0, 3-0) have been on a roll this season, with Bill McLee stepping up to fill the space left empty by his cousin, Kevin McLee, one of the WPIAL's top rushers in 2001. Wide receiver James May will probably haul in a few passes from quarterback Ryan Guthrie.

Valley is trying to recover from an 0-9 season in 2001, and the team is relying on quarterback Seth White and lineman Pat Weber to help it do that.


Here are directions to tonight's football games for local teams which are playing on the road.

CAHS at Butler

  • Take I-79 North to Evans City (exit 26).

  • Turn right on Route 528 and follow it to a stop sign at Route 68.

  • Turn right onto Route 68 East, and follow that route through Evans City.

  • After passing the Agway store (about 12 miles), the high school and stadium will be located on the right at the fourth light.

    Uniontown at Valley

  • Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to exit 5 and go right after the toll booth.

  • At the second light, make a right and follow signs to Route 28 North.

  • Follow Route 28 to exit 14.

  • Get off at the exit and follow the road as it swings to the right. Staying on that road, drop over a hill and cross the Tarentum Bridge.

  • After passing a Giant Eagle, Kmart and Taco Bell, the road will go through a wooded area at the bottom of a hill.

  • Stay to the right and go around a bend. The stadium will come into view.

    LH at Ambridge

  • Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to exit 6. (Monroeville/Pittsburgh).

  • Get on the Parkway East and travel to exit 1A (North Side).

  • Get on Fort Pitt Boulevard and follow it to I-279 North.

  • Follow 279 North to the Ohio River Boulevard exit towards the North Shore (Route 65) and get on Route 65 North.

  • Merge onto Route 19 North and get back on Route 65 North.

  • Turn right on Kost St. It will become Broad Street/Taylor Avenue.

  • Make a left onto Beaver Street.

  • Turn tight onto Merchant Street, which will become Duss Avenue. The school is on this road.

    Frazier at California

  • Take Route 40 West.

  • Turn right onto Malden Road.

  • The stadium is near the University of California.

    Geibel at Monessen

  • Take Route 70 West, and get off at exit 41.

  • Follow the river, and at the fourth traffic light (Third Street), make a right. The stadium is at the top of the hill on the left.

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