Matchups of the Week
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK I
TONY MINGONE VS. BRANDON BOGDANSKI
About Mingone (Brentwood)
Mingone (5-9, 180) is one of Brentwood's all-time leading tacklers. The senior linebacker had 175 tackles as a sophomore and 110 last year for unranked Brentwood, which welcomes visiting No. 3 Seton-La Salle tonight in a Century Conference matchup. He had 15 tackles against South Park in the season opener. He is one of the strongest players on the team. Mingone can bench 300 pounds and squat 450. He spent time working with a personal trainer and is relentless in the weight room. Mingone, who was part of one of the school's top relay teams in track, always seems to know where the ball is and it seems like he is involved in nearly every tackle for Brentwood, coach Kevin Kissel said.
About Bogdanski (Seton-La Salle)
Bogdanski (5-10, 195) has spent the past three seasons in the shadow of quarterback Bill Stull and wide receiver Carmen Connolly who were responsible for a big chunk of the Rebels' offense, but have since graduated. Bogdanski scored four touchdowns in last season's WPIAL Class AA title game. He rushed for 1,740 yards and had 42 receptions for 658 yards last year and continues to produce this season for Seton-La Salle (2-0). Bogdanski, who also plays outside linebacker and returns punts, will see limited time in those positions to keep him fresher for offense. The senior is receiving attention from Division I coaches and is part of an offense that has a balanced running and passing attack.
The edge goes to Bogdanski who has shown he can come up big in important games. In addition to the four touchdowns in the WPIAL championship game, he has five touchdowns in two games this season. He is a dual threat to run the ball and catch it.
Last week: North Hills quarterback Ryan Lehmeier won the matchup with Central Catholic linebacker Nate Williams after passing for 148 yards on 12-of-18 passing and rushing for another 97 yards. But Williams had 10 tackles, eight solo, in Central Catholic's 21-20 victory over North Hills.
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK II
Tim Cortazzo vs. Lamar Mason
ABOUT CORTAZZO (Penn-Trafford)
Warriors junior wide receiver Tim Cortazzo is off to another fast start and has served notice that he could be the most productive receiver in the WPIAL in 2005. He had six catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener and last week against Bethel Park, Cortazzo had 11 catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns. One of his touchdowns last week went for 72 yards. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Cortazzo has become quarterback Tyler Huether's favorite target. He was the Warriors' leading receiver as a sophomore with 32 catches for 734 yards and nine touchdowns .
ABOUT MASON (Pittsburgh Central Catholic)
Vikings junior defensive back Lamar Mason made a defensive switch, from outside linebacker to safety, and the move has worked out well. The 6-foot, 185-pound Mason will try to use his speed and ball-hawking ability to contain the Warriors high-powered passing attack Friday in a Quad East game. Mason also plays wide receiver on offense. The Vikings' defense allowed 296 yards in a 14-6 loss to Cleveland St. Edwards in Week 1 and allowed 149 yards passing in a 21-20 victory against North Hills last week.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic's overall team speed will try to contain the Penn-Trafford's passing game. Cortazzo will receive a lot of attention from the Vikings' defense. If he can get loose, Penn-Trafford will have a shot at upsetting the No. 2 ranked Vikings. Advantage: Pittsburgh Central Catholic.
Last week: Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor proved to be too elusive for the Valley defense and middle linebacker Tyler Santucci. Pryor scored two touchdowns in Jeannette's 34-14 victory.