Spector’s Key Matchups Of The Week
Blackhawk (1-4) at New Castle (2-3) 7:30pm
Simply put the loser just about kisses the playoffs goodbye. Blackhawk had a heart-breaker loss (41-40) after blowing a lead against Beaver last week. The Cougars ride on the back of Chandler Kincade who has over 1,100 yards passing, but the defense has tarnished his performances giving up an average of 28 points per game — With the Red Hurricanes scoring 25 points a game.
Spector’s Pick: Start up the rumor mill for the Cougars’ legendary coach Joe Hamilton, a young team with a depleted roster means New Castle wins it by 1.
Quaker Valley (2-3) at South Fayette (5-0) 7:00pm
With the addition of Cornell players the Quakers are competitive in football not soccer, scoring 20 points a game behind the arm of Burke Mosers’ 750 yards passing. South Fayette has been untested thus far and rolling up big numbers with heralded QB Brett Brumbaugh behind center averaging 50 points a game.
Spector’s Pick: The Quakers always will have next week’s game to win, but they may win the battle of who has the most fans with Mercedes or BMWs in the parking lot. South Fayette rolls 55 to 7.
Freedom (2-3) at Aliquippa (5-0) 7:00pm
Freedom had made some noise this year and it wasn’t coming from Conrail Yards or tractors on the farm. Kahlil Character leads with 8 touchdowns as the Bulldogs average 20 points a game. Aliquippa is rolling hardcore as usual averaging 52 points a game on offense with Dravon Henry and Terry Swanson getting 13 yards a carry.
Spector’s Pick: If Freedom thought Ron Sofo ran away from them fast, call 911 this could become criminal. Quips 63-0.
BeaverCountian.com’s Game Of The Week
Neshannock (5-0) at Rochester (5-0) 7:00pm
The top matchup in the WPIAL Class A Division. Yes, Neshannock is undefeated and Rochester is as usual the team to beat in the BIG 7 conference. The Lancers are high scoring at 43 points per game behind dual threat Ernie Burks’ 600 yards passing / 400 rushing and Eli Owens’ 8.5 yards per carry. Gene Matsook just reloads winning games by nearly 24 point margins and this year’s featured back is Dante Marsick getting over 9 yards a touch — The rams defense is staunch for yet another year.
Spector’s Pick – Something new’s coming to Rochester and no it’s not another “roundabout”, they lose to someone other than Clairton. Neshannock by 7.
Stay tuned on Monday for The Spector’s Report: Wrap ups of the weekend’s games, rumblings after the whistle, and no holds barred commentary on area sports.