By Matt Popchock


How much of an understatement is to say North Allegheny has had Shaler’s number?

It’s kind of like saying Pitt lost last Saturday. Or that Mike Wallace is fast. Or that that Crosby guy is pretty good at hockey.

The Titans (4-1, 5-2) hope to make a statement of their own at Lou Martig Stadium against the visiting Tigers (5-0, 7-0), the number one team in the Commonwealth according to MaxPreps, so they can say “Northern Seven Conference co-champions” afterward.

But N.A. has won 24 of the last 25 meetings, and once again, its running game has opposing defenses reeling. Here’s what Nick Passodelis, one of the stars of that team’s backfield this season, had to say about Friday’s matchup:

Meanwhile, Shaler quarterback Ryan Mincher, who has powered his team’s offense with 968 yards and 11 touchdowns in the air, believes he and his mates need to play opportunistic football–something they failed to do in a 28-21 upset loss at Seneca Valley in Week 7 that damaged their conference championship hopes.

Here’s what he had to say about his team’s effort to rewrite the script in Week 8:

You can catch this game live on ROOT Sports at 7:30, with pre-game coverage beginning at 7:00, and an encore presentation to follow.

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