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Posted Thursday, September 09, 2010 by Ed Dalton

WPIAL Class AAA Big Eight Conference
#5 Chartiers Valley Colts (0-0)(0-1) @ #7 Trinity Hillers (0-0)(1-0)
Friday September 10th @ 7:00pm
Broadcast on 1450am WJPA and the MSA Sports Network by Mark Uriah

Chartiers Valley fell behind in a big way in week one against Montour and mounted a furious comeback only to come up a touchdown short falling 35-28 to open the 2010 campaign (0-1).

Junior quarterback Wayne Capers had a “mixed-bag” performance he was tremendous at times, rushing for a 67 yard touchdown and completing 18 of 34 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions. He will want to shrink that number as the Colts start Big 8 play against a pretty talented Trinity Hillers team.

Receivers Kevin Gillen, Chris Kuntz and Steve Burda all had touchdown catches for the Colts in the loss, throw in senior Matt Noszka and you see Capers has a pretty imposing corps of receivers to throw the football toward.

Defensively the Colts will have to continue what they started in the second half against the Spartans. After allowing 35 first half points Char-Valley was able to shutout Montour on just three total first downs in the second half.

Trinity meanwhile will be at home after an impressive opening week win against AAAA rival Canon-Macmillan 40-22. The Hillers have been handled in the series, 0-3 the last three times out against the Colts getting outscored in that span by a margin of 101-29.

Trinity will use the run to set up the pass running backs Pat Frey and Tyler Yocca combined for 25 carries and 185 yards and a Frey Touchdown. Fullback Kyle McWreath added a pair of touchdowns on the ground for the Hillers who has some serious road-pavers up front, including returning starters JD George a 250 pounder and Jay Murphy at 225, they are joined by newcomer 6’0’’ 260 junior Derek Bedenbaugh who has really come on strong as a force on the offensive line for Ed Dalton.

Senior Brad Martin was very efficient in his debut for the Hillers completing four of eight passes for 140 yards and a pair of long bomb touchdowns, both to 6’2’’ 175 pound senior wide receiver Mike Cleveland, one covering 69 yards and the other, 55 yards. Cleveland also added three field goals in the win.

The Hillers and the Colts are the two teams that most people point at in terms of having a chance to knock off perennial conference champion Thomas Jefferson, the winner of this game will begin the process of separation in determining if either of them is able to accomplish that feat in 2010

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