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New Riverview offense coming together

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

Riverview coach Todd Massack wants Raiders fans to be patient with his team's new offense.

Riverview (0-2) is using two quarterbacks — junior Terrel Craighead and sophomore Jake Milberger — to keep opponents on their toes.

The offense has a touch more flair than in past seasons.

"After the Shenango game, I thought, 'Why not?' " Massack said. "You have two kids in the backfield who can run and throw. It gives us more options."

Riverview used misdirection and motion backs in last week's 54-14 loss to No. 1 Rochester.

Keep in mind, the Raiders didn't have much time to install the new shemes.

"We didn't really have a training camp," Massack said, "because school started so early. We had one week of practice. And it rained a couple of days, so we were in the gym. We have to work some things out."

• Burrell senior linebacker/running back John Gigler considered quitting football last year. But he's back and announcers are calling his name.

"He lost some confidence," Burrell coach Tom Henderson said. "He came to me in the summer and said, 'Coach I may not play.'

"Thank God he changed his mind."

Gigler had three touchdowns in last week's win over Deer Lakes. He's also been strong on defense.

"He's running around like a nut."

• Valley will honor late Ken Hi star quarterback Willie Thrower Friday night at Valley Memorial Stadium.

There will be a reading of the state marker at halftime and flowers will be given to Mary Thrower, Willie's widow.

• Who would have thought it• Look at the Quad East Conference standings and you'll see that Fox Chapel is 2-0 and Penn Hills is 0-2.

• Springdale, ranked No. 6 in Class A by Trib Total Media, starts seven underclassmen on defense, including freshman inside linebacker (Sean Dugan).

"This may be the youngest defense we've had here," veteran coach Chuck Wagner said.

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