Westinghouse High School, out of Pittsburgh, has gotten to become very familiar with the Ohio Valley this high school football season, having already played, and lost to, Buckeye Local and Wheeling Central.
However, Coach Monte Robinson and his Bulldogs may have no idea what they have lying ahead Friday night at 7 in Death Valley.
Winless Westinghouse (0-4) will make its third venture into the area at that time to face a mean and mad Steubenville (4-1) squad that is coming off of its first loss of the season.
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Matt Petrella is one of the many backfield options for Steubenville
Big Red dropped a 24-3 decision to Division I power Massillon Washington last Friday in its first road contest of the season and will look to get back on track against the Bulldogs.
"It's a four-quarter game and we let them get away from us in the first quarter," Coach Reno Saccoccia said.
"We just got off to a bad start, but the kids continued to fight and that is something that I was pleasantly pleased with."
After watching the offense catch fire a week earlier against Brooke, Saccoccia's squad managed just 143 yards in Week 5 against the Tigers, and that included 50 rushing yards, an area in which Big Red had been excelling.
Senior Corey Stinson continues to get his footing at quarterback, but threw for just 90 yards a week ago and has 651 for the season. He does have five touchdowns tosses and three interceptions.
Robert Hayden has rushed for more than 200 yards while Matt Petrella has 14 grabs for 213 yards and three touchdowns in the passing game.
Steubenville's defense did allow 288 total yards a week ago, which doesn't seem too out of line, until you realize they were only giving up 188 a game going into last Friday.
Big Red had also only surrendered 118 rushing yards through four contests, but yielded 97 against Massillon Washington alone.
Westinghouse is a team that has been outscored by a 61-28 margin by Buckeye Local and Wheeling Central, with three of those touchdowns coming very late in a game that was out of hand against the Maroon Knights.
Hasaan Allen and Ronald Brown have both spent time at quarterback for the Bulldogs, while Bayshaud El, Shakur Roberts and Sean Lyons will all see time carrying the football against Steubenville.
"The kids fought the whole way last week and didn't quit," Saccoccia added.
"But as coaches and players, we just didn't do our jobs well enough to begin that game.
"Westinghouse is an inexperienced team with a coach that is doing a very good job, and their players should be commended for how they fight as well. I just hope that we have enough in us to bounce back from a loss when Friday night rolls around."