EF’s Rostosky suspended
First-year coach Pete Rostosky won’t be on the sidelines when Elizabeth Forward hosts Chartiers Valley Friday in a Big Seven Conference contest.
He will be serving a one-game suspension after a police report charged the program with causing more than $1,000 damage to the visitor’s locker room following Friday’s 38-0 loss at Thomas Jefferson.
According to the report, cupcakes were smeared on the walls and shower curtains; shower heads were destroyed and toilets clogged.
Kevin Russell, the Warriors’ offensive coordinator, will serve as the interim coach.
The Warriors are 3-3, including 0-3 in the Big Seven Conference, after opening the season on the road with wins at Mt. Pleasant and Uniontown.
The first two defeats were by a combined total of seven points to Canon-McMillan and Peters Township.
Trojans want playoffs
Don’t look now, but California Area has sneaked back into the Tri-County South’s playoff picture.
After losing to Frazier on Sept. 18, the Trojans (4-2, 2-2) upset Monessen before outlasting Mapletown last Friday.
“We came back to basics in practice and addressed some things we were overlooking,” California coach Joe Kuhns said. “The biggest thing is we simplified some of our blocking schemes. Half of it is knowing what you’re supposed to go. We need a shield for those backs we have, not pancake blocks.”
Quarterback Matt Hyita has also been a steady influence, throwing for 169 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 completions. He has also rushed for 278 yards and five touchdowns while tossing zero interceptions.
“I can’t remember coming into the seventh game with a starting quarterback not throwing an interception,” Kuhns said. “Matt is throwing the ball better and getting secondary reads. He’s becoming more than just a running quarterback.”
The Trojans will need all the help they need Friday against a huge Jefferson Morgan team.
“Jefferson-Morgan has some NFL-size players,” Kuhns said. “How am I supposed to simulate a 350-pound kid in practice, put three kids of our kids togetherâ¢ My concern is we had a few players take (a play) off here and there against Mapletown and we took it this week in practice.”
Monessen fans, turn and face the strange — at least on the Greyhounds’ defense.
Oh, it’s still a five-man front. But over-sized linebacker Mick Williams is now at rush end. Former defensive back Chris Askew has taken over nose tackle, despite standing just 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds.
“I talked to Coach (Joe) Salvino and we wanted to get quicker in the middle,” Monessen coach Andy Pacak said. “Chris is a strong, tough kid; he looks like Charles Atlas without his shirt. If the other kids hold their ground, Chris can freelance and run around like a linebacker in there.”
Taking Williams’ spot at linebacker are sophomores Joe Heath (a converted corner) and Will Pearson. Both are relative neophytes at the position.
“The thing you get with Joe and Will is they are fiercely competitive,” Pacak said. “Are they youngâ¢ Yes. Will they make some wrong readsâ¢ Yes. Will they give 150 percentâ¢ Absolutely.”
Even quarterback Matt Yartin, a former one-way player, will contribute at the cornerback spot.
“The selflessness these kids have shown is amazing,” Pacak said. “You look at a kid like Heath who can play quarterback, fullback and running back. This (flexibility) will help us now, and in the long run.”