Monessen is 2-1, has a potent offense, and features a few possible Division I prospects on its roster.
The Greyhounds also represent what might be the first true test for a young Clairton team that, while very talented, has many players who have yet to start a game against an opponent this dangerous.
The nation's longest active winning streak will once again be on the line Friday when Clairton plays host to Monessen in a Class A Black Hills Conference game. The Bears have won 66 games in a row.
These two teams finished 1-2 in the conference a season ago. Monessen lost only two games, but one of them was a 52-7 defeat at home against Clairton in a televised Thursday night contest.
Clairton has started this season 3-0 despite the graduation of many of its top players. The Bears -- led by sophomore Aaron Mathews and freshman LaMont Wade -- have defeated Chartiers-Houston, Carlynton and California by a combined score of 108-7.
Monessen began the season with wins against California, 40-0, and Brentwood, 33-7, before losing to Fort Cherry last week, 49-33.
"I think we were looking ahead [to Clairton] and a good Fort Cherry team came in and smacked us around," Monessen coach Andy Pacak said.
The Greyhounds are led by senior running back Clintell Gillaspie, senior linebacker Justice Rawlins and junior quarterback Noah Rullo. Gillaspie leads the Greyhounds with eight touchdowns and Rullo has thrown for seven touchdowns.
Gillaspie, who along with Rawlins is receiving interest from Division I programs, is the type of explosive playmaker who could pose problems for the Clairton defense.
"When Clintell gets into any game, he poses a matchup problem for anyone," Pacak said. "He's big and he's got speed. You put a speed guy on him, he can push them around. If you get physical with him, he'll use his speed."
West Mifflin is trying to win its first WPIAL title in 50 years this season.
Friday, the school will pay tribute to the last group to accomplish the feat.
Members of the 1963 West Mifflin North Vikings team will be honored prior to the Titans' game against visiting Albert Gallatin. Before 1984, the West Mifflin Area School District was represented by two high schools, North and South.
The Vikings defeated Butler, 12-6, in front of more than 20,000 fans at Forbes Field to win the WPIAL Class AA championship. At the time, Class AA was the largest classification.
As of Monday night, West Mifflin athletic director Scott Stephenson said about 22 members of the 1963 team had accepted invitations to the gathering. Stephenson said they are some coming from as far away as Arizona, Texas and Florida.
Two assistant coaches -- Robert McFarland and Ned Mrvos -- are among those expected to attend. Also on the list is equipment manager Dale Hamer, who went on to be an NFL head linesman and referee for 23 seasons. He was the head linesman in two Super Bowls. Hamer currently works for the NFL as a replay official.
Stephenson said those in attendance at Friday's game could witness a replay of the winning touchdown in the championship win. Well, sort of. West Mifflin scored the go-ahead points on Karl Tribelhorn's touchdown pass to Bill Lukses. Both will be in attendance.
"We might have to re-enact it," said Stephenson. "I don't know how long of a pass that was. We'll just make sure we make this one as short as possible."
Steel Valley (2-1, 2-1) vs. Seton-LaSalle (3-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Baldwin -- Steel Valley will try to bounce back from last week's 42-7 loss at South Fayette by topping Seton-LaSalle, which is tied for first place in the Class AA Century Conference. If leading rusher D'Andre Pickens (left ankle injury) can't play, the Ironmen will need a big game from freshman DeWayne Murray.
Yough (2-1, 2-1) at Washington (3-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. Friday -- The first game of the post-Shai McKenzie era has come much earlier than expected for Washington, which lost its star senior running back last week to a torn ACL. The big key in this Class AA Interstate Conference game might be Washington's ability to slow down a potent Yough offense led by quarterback Tyler Donahue.