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Will Briggs be the next Harding?

| Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

If Charleroi freshman running back Quinten Briggs is bringing back memories of the Cougars' all-time leading rusher Darrell Harding , it shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

The two are cousins.

A 5-8, 185-pounder, Briggs has been one of the few bright spots for the 2-4 Cougars in the rugged Class AA Interstate Conference,

In Charleroi's 14-13 win at Waynesburg Friday, Briggs scored both of the Cougars' touchdowns and ran for more than 100 yards.

Briggs has already rushed for more than 100 yards in three games this year.

Since Charleroi doesn't have a statistician, no one knows how many yards Briggs has gained or if he has a shot at 1,000 in his first year.

A 1992 CHS graduate, Harding ran for 5,410 career yards, averaging seven yards a carry.

Speaking of statisticians, Elizabeth Forward has one of the better tandems with Jim Williams and Larry Feick.

Williams held the same job at Ringgold for about 20 years, with Feick helping out for a couple of seasons. Feick, who teaches at Elizabeth, has been following the Warriors for 10 years, with Williams joining him four years ago.

- California High's Ben Carson, a baseball and basketball standout, has the dubious distinction of being the area's most overlooked gridder.

Even though Carson has caught four touchdown passes this season, his name has failed to make the scoring summaries of most newspapers.

The reason is he wears No. 22, which was given to freshman Sean Cotton before the season started, and no one bother to make the change in any of the programs.

As a result, Cotton has been getting credit for Carson's receptions in the first six games.

- Thanks to Belle Vernon Area's 14-6 upset of Trinity the other night, the Big Seven Conference's two other playoff teams besides Thomas Jefferson and Chartiers Valley probably won't be decided until Oct. 24.

That's when Ringgold hosts Trinity and Belle Vernon Area goes to Elizabeth Forward.

- Put your hand up if you thought Pitt and the Pittsburgh Steelers would return home from Florida with victories over South Florida and the Jacksonville Jaguars. I don't see too many hands.

- In case you missed it, Steve Young became the third San Francisco 49ers quarterback to have his number retired Sunday. The first two were John Brodie and Monongahela's Joe Montana.

- And thanks to Sandy Hawthorne, of Buena Vista, who says overeating will make you thick on your stomach!

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