Blacklick Valley (3-0) at Windber (3-0)
Blacklick Valley has run through Meyersdale, Rockwood and, in a non-conference game, Purchase Line.
Windber has rolled past Shade, Meyersdale and Rockwood.
Neither has played the most daunting schedule, but following tonight, one of these teams can claim a quality victory and establish itself as one of the teams to beat in the WestPAC.
Blacklick Valley's Johnny Sheesley is one of the area's premier players, and the rare player who is equally effective on both sides of the football. He's rushed for 530 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Sheesley has a knack for finding the football and already has two interceptions. His coverage skills could come in handy against a Windber offense that is adept at throwing the football.
The Vikings are far from a one-man show. Grant Reigel and Matty Worthington have made plays all season.
Windber's single-wing offense may not feature an every-down back this year, but the Ramblers have rambled through three opponents and displayed big--play ability.
There are a couple surprising stats for Winder: 1. Quarterback Dakota Gipe has attempted 41 passes, and 2. Windber's leading receiver (Matt Barkley) has more receiving yards (176) than the team's leading rusher has rushing yards (Trevor Neri, 173).
Bishop Guilfoyle (2-1) at Forest Hills (2-1)
The Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference has already seen its share of surprises. Count Bishop Guilfoyle's start among them.
Then again, Forest Hills coach Don Bailey was certain his Rangers would face a quality opponent in Week 4 in mid-August after seeing tape of a Bishop Guilfoyle scrimmage.
The Marauders own convincing wins over Bedford and Cambria Heights, which received more preseason consideration than BG. And they're doing it with defense. Cody Rossman average 10 tackle per game and the Marauders have forced five turnovers.
From a statistical standpoint, Forest Hills features one of the area's most balanced offenses and an emerging talent in sophomore quarterback Joe Donoughe, who has passed for 545 yards and completed 71.7 percent of his attempts.
The Rangers have passed for 601 yards and rushed for 587.
Greater Johnstown (2-1) at Richland (2-1)
The Trojans remain a work-in-progress, but one that took a step toward where they want to be with last week's come-from-behind victory over Westmont Hilltop.
Johnstown's offense isn't scoring much, but the emergence of quarterback Deion Moore adds a dynamic component. Moore is averaging 10.0 yards per carry. Dalvin Williams has been a menace defensively with his team-best 42 tackles.
Williams will likely be busy against a Richland offense that has scored at will all season.
The Rams have scored 135 points.
The quarterback tandem of Matt Shaffer and Nico Pecora have put up ridiculous statistics - 50 of 63, 789 yards 11 touchdowns. Tanner Solarczyk has 369 yards rushing and is averaging 10.2 yards per carry.