Jeff Metheny has been on the sidelines as the Black Hawks coach for seemingly forever and the one thing that each of his teams have had in common is toughness.
That won’t change this year as Bethel Park is not going to be the most talented team, won’t be the biggest or most athletic team but somehow will find their way into contention for a conference title.
The Black Hawks, though, have a lot of holes to fill as they return only five starters on offense and just four on defense.
The biggest hole, however, is at quarterback as Methany’s son, Levi, graduated after manning the position for the last four years and throwing for more than 4,200 yards and 38 touchdown passes.
Whoever wins the quarterback spot will at least be surrounded by two of the team’s best and most experienced players in senior running back Terron Murphy and wide receiver Johnny Doleno.
Bethel Park always has an outstanding offensive line under Metheny and this unit, though young, should continue that tradition and features one of the better offensive linemen in 6-A in James Gmiter.
The Black Hawks have a tough nonconference opener at North Allegheny and finish the season against Mt. Lebanon but in between should be able to compile enough wins to get into the playoffs.
And given their relative youth, they should be hitting their stride just about the time the playoffs begin and thus a deep run isn’t out of the question.
Fri. 9/2 @ North Allegheny 7:30p
Fri. 9/9 vs Peters Township 7:30p
Fri. 9/16 @ Norwin 7p
Fri. 9/23 @ Pine-Richland 7:30p
Fri. 9/30 vs Hempfield 7:30p
Fri. 10/7 vs Seneca Valley 7:30p
Fri. 10/14 @ Canon-McMillan 7p
Fri. 10/21 vs Altoona 7:30p
Fri. 10/28 vs Mt. Lebanon 7:30p