Already halfway through the season, we are starting to get a feel of the serious contenders in the WPIAL. Here are our WPIAL Power Rankings for each classification. As always, be sure to follow me on twitter @WPIAL_Insider.
1) Central Catholic: After blowing out Seneca Valley, the Vikes remain #1 in the WPIAL. However, we get to see them finally go head to head with Pine Richland this week. This has been brewing for a long time.
2) Pine-Richland: Maybe they were a victim of looking ahead a week, but Pine-Richland was in a dog-fight with Bethel Park. They play big in big games, I expect them to give #1 Central Catholic everything they got this Friday.
By now, you’re painfully aware of the final score of the Pitt-North Carolina game. What you might not know is which Pitt players graded out the best and worst? Which side of the line and field was Pitt most successful moving the ball?
PITTSBURGH — Jamel Artis, a 6-foot-7 small forward a season ago, is going to be Pitt’s point guard this season, at least to begin with.
Artis and head coach Kevin Stallings both confirmed that the senior will be moving to the top of the offense, at least to start the season, with sophomore Damon Wilson and freshman Justice Kithcart providing depth.
Artis said he half-jokingly suggested the move back at the beginning, but Stallings took him at his word, and so far, it’s been working out.
“We didn’t have a true point guard that was going to start,” Artis said. “I came to him and said this is the best fit for us. He trusted me and I like that.”
Here’s some video from our Alan Saunders who spent the day at Pitt training camp on the South Side. One additional note to report: Pitt freshman CB Damar Hamlin, who hasn’t played yet this year because of injury, was a full participant at today’s practice.
UPDATE (4:30 PM)-
** Pitt had a busy day today at Stafford HS in Virginia. Aside from offering 4-star OT Nava Asiedu, they also offered his teammate sophomore 2019 running back Devyn Ford. The 4-star back already holds offers from most of the major schools in the country, such as Clemson, Auburn, Michigan State, Stanford, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Penn State.
UPDATE (3:24 PM)-
**The Pitt coaching staff has offered an elite prospect from the Class of 2018. Nava Asiedu an offensive tackle from Stafford, Virginia picked up an offer today from Pitt. Asiedu (6-6, 260) is rated as a 4-star offensive tackle and holds offers from schools like Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech.
PITTSBURGH — Pat Narduzzi addressed the media in his weekly Monday press conference. Here’s my five big takeaways as Pitt prepares for Marshall this Saturday.
Narduzzi said that after watching the film, he thought the majority of his team’s fourth-quarter defensive snaps were quality. But there were enough below-the-bar plays to let the Tar Heels put together scoring drives.
“When you look at that 17-play drive and chart every play as a win or loss, 12 of the 17 plays were really good,” he said. “It only takes five of the 17 to be really bad. We have to make a play. We have to find a way to knock and arm off us and get to the quarterback. We just have to find a way to make a play. … Players make plays. They made them and we didn’t.”
It was deja vu for the Panthers. Underdogs on the road playing an opponent with the ability to make big plays through the air. Fourth quarter with a chance to win, and again the ground game and defense failed them.
As disappointing as the OK State game was, it was out of conference and against an opponent with ten straight bowl appearances and double digit wins in four out the past six years.
This past week was a different beast. The Panthers were playing a team that had beaten them the past three seasons, and with a chance to take the drivers seat in the ACC Coastal the team blew a 13 point lead with less than six minutes left.