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“Mr. High School Sports” – Friday Night Spotlights: Cox and Jayhawks Ready for Interstate Rivals

Demetrius Cox

Division I prospect Demetrius Cox has amassed over 1,000 all-purpose yards for Jeannette in 2011. (File photo: Westmoreland County Sports Network)

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By Matt Popchock

(mpopchock@kdka.com)

On paper there certainly isn’t a lot separating two of the biggest rivals in Class AA. Offensively, Greensburg Central Catholic and Jeannette have been two of the most consistent teams in the classification, and each team’s defense is allowing less than 13 points per game.

But if there is an x-factor when the Centurions (7-0, 8-0) take on the Jayhawks (7-0, 8-0) at McKee Stadium Friday night at 7:30 with the Interstate Conference title at stake, it could be dual-threat quarterback Demetrius Cox.

The Jeannette standout has racked up over 1,000 offensive yards, including 751 on the ground, and 11 touchdowns. He’s also rated as one of the top 50 defensive backs in the country by MaxPreps and is, in fact, being heavily recruited as a defensive player, even in light of his obvious ability on the other side of the ball.

Greensburg Central Catholic is well aware of that ability, and Cox is well aware of what his team has to do to hold serve at home in its regular season finale.

Here’s what he had to say about Friday’s opponent, and about the handful of Division I schools he’s considering:

Find out where these and 62 other playoff participants will end up Monday night from 7:00 to 8:00 on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan, as the MSA Sports Network’s Don Rebel hosts the “MSA Sports Football Pairings Show” live from the Radisson Hotel in Greentree. Be sure to also check out the “Mr. High School Sports” blog on 937thefan.com on Monday for matchups and more, as we begin further coverage of the 2011 postseason.

(Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/mpopchock)

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