WPIAL football goes to live TV Thursday at the same time a veritable soap opera hits the same screen.
"As the Quarterbacks Turn" might be the best way to describe the situation at Montour. Coach Lou Cerro has been using not one, not two, but three quarterbacks. He did it in the season opener, rotating Tyneen Greer, Max Rosinsky and Ryan Mihelcic every series.
Cerro likely will do the same when Montour plays at Central Valley Thursday in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown that will be televised live by Root Sports. Central Valley is the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked WPIAL Class AAA team and Montour is No. 2.
"I know, I'm out of my mind," Cerro said of his QB situation.
This is a coach who has been blessed with outstanding quarterbacks during his years at Montour and Seton-LaSalle. One made it to the NFL (Seton-LaSalle's Bruce Gradkowski). One started two years for Pitt (Seton-LaSalle's Bill Stull). One is the second-leading passer in WPIAL history (Dillon Buechel).
But now, Cerro can't settle on one -- or even two.
"The ideal situation isn't what we have," Cerro said. "But all three of them bring something different to the table. We were hoping they would separate themselves over the past few weeks and it has not happened. I don't even know who will start this week. We'll see how practice goes and whoever practices the best will start, and we'll go from there."
Greer transferred from Shenango in November, and Rosinsky is a transfer from West Allegheny. Montour defeated Hopewell, 34-8, Friday in its season opener.
"They all did real well at times, and they all did just OK at times," Cerro said.
While the quarterback situation adds to the plot of Montour against Central Valley, the game also features a matchup of two of the best players in the WPIAL. Central Valley's Robert Foster is ranked among the top receivers in the country and also plays defensive back. Montour's Devin Wilson is a talented receiver and plays defensive back. Wilson also is seeing time at running back this season.
When Montour played Central Valley in the past, Wilson and Foster often ended up defending each other.
Besides the rankings and the players involved, history also helps in making Montour-Central Valley a pretty good rivalry, even though Central Valley High School is only in its third year of existence. Besides playing in the regular season the past two years, Central Valley also has met Montour in the playoffs twice. In 2010, Central Valley beat Montour for the WPIAL championship. A year ago, Montour defeated Central Valley in the WPIAL semifinals.
"The amount of pressure and the amount of significance in the games we've played with Central Valley is almost unheard of," Cerro said. "I think this game is fun for both teams. It will be a great atmosphere, I know that."
The Aliquippa-Ambridge game scheduled for Saturday night was postponed because of the weather and will be played at noon today at Ambridge.
In the matter of a couple of days, Ron Brown went from a Woodland Hills running back to carrying the ball for Imani Christian.
Brown left Woodland Hills Wednesday and transferred to Imani Christian, a private school near Penn Hills. Brown played for Imani Christian in a loss Friday night to Bishop Canevin. It was Imani Christian's first WPIAL game.
Woodland Hills coach/athletic director George Novak said the transfer was not made with athletic intent. Tim O'Malley, executive director of the WPIAL, said the league ruled Brown eligible Thursday, based on information from Novak, who said Brown's transfer was a family matter.
In other transfer news, the WPIAL ruled Angelo Natter ineligible to play football at Central Catholic this year after transferring from Thomas Jefferson. The WPIAL made the ruling after a hearing with Natter Thursday. Natter is a junior lineman.
Geibel will be 0-2 without playing a game.
Geibel forfeited its game Saturday against Beth-Center because it will not have enough players. Geibel also forfeited its season opener against Frazier for the same reason.
Geibel started preseason practice with only 15 players, but a few got hurt and the team had only 10 healthy players. Shawn Holup, Geibel's athletic director, said the team hopes to play Sept. 15 against Vincentian because a few of the injured players are expected to return by then.
The first game in the history of Vincentian's program didn't go too well as the Royals lost to Avella, 65-6. This is the same Avella team that didn't win a game a year ago. The 65 points is more than Avella scored all of last season and more than the Eagles scored in four different seasons since 2003.
The winningest coach in Pennsylvania high school football came out of retirement for this season, and won his first game -- with his grandson as the team's quarterback. George Curry, 68, turned Berwick into a perennial eastern Pennsylvania power while coaching the Bulldogs from 1971-2005. His Berwick team defeated Crestwood, 48-21, Friday to give Curry a 414-94-4 record. Curry's grandson, C.J., was Berwick's starting QB.
Curry started his career at Lake Lehman, but coached Berwick from 1971-2005 and won six PIAA titles at Berwick.athleteoftheweek