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CoGo's Feature Matchup: Mount Pleasant at Washington

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Two undefeated Interstate Conference powers, the Mount Pleasant Vikings (4-0) and the Little Prexies of Wash High (4-0), meet Friday night in a game that will most likely decide the outcome of the conference.

“We’ve done a lot of good things so far, but we’re a team that is still figuring out a lot of things,” Washington head coach Mike Bosnic said.

The Little Prexies figured out Brownsville last week, winning 51-12, and they are looking to continue the offensive fireworks against the Vikings.

Wash High has typically featured a more ground-based offensive attack, but that’s not the case this year.

“This year, more than in recent years, we are a more balanced team than we have been,” Bosnic said.

The Prexies offense is led by senior quarterback Jonathan Spina, who has a weapon in the passing game in wide receiver Dequay Isbell, whom Bosnic called “a playmaker.” The duo hooked up for three touchdowns in last week’s win over Brownsville.

Tight end Nate Swart is another tool in the Prexies’ offensive shed, adding his 6-5, 230-pound frame to Wash High’s passing game. 

The ground game remains strong behind a solid offensive line led by senior tackle Zack Blystone and junior guard Thomas Cherry.

The line allowed running back Malik Wells to rush for 115 yards and a touchdown on only five carries last week against Brownsville. Wells shares carries with juniors Jordan West and Kurt Adkins; Adkins scored twice in the Brownsville win.

Mount Pleasant enters Friday night’s game in the same boat as their counterparts –hoping to take the lead in the conference.

The Vikings found themselves in a tight battle last week against Waynesburg. Mount Pleasant led at halftime but the Raiders fought back to bring the game within one and eventually missed a long field goal, giving the Vikings the 28-27 victory.

The Vikings have almost a completely new lineup as they graduated 13 starters from last year’s squad, but that has not stopped their winning ways. 

Senior Nathan Pieszak is in the midst of his first season at quarterback for Mount Pleasant and threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns a week ago.

The cornerstone of the Mount Pleasant offense is their wing-t formation. Halfbacks Jake Adamrovich and Tyler Salopek lead the backfield, while receiver L.J. Sutton, who caught 11 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown against Waynesburg, gives the Vikings a threat in the air.

“It’s going to be a tough task,” Bosnic said of stopping the Vikings. “They run a really good wing-t offense and a lot of jet sweeps. We’re going to have to be very disciplined to stop them.”

Bosnic knows discipline will be the key on Friday night.

“I hope we’re ready,” he said. “I think we’re going to find out Mount Pleasant is a good football team. We’re going to have to be ready or it will be a long night.”

The Vikings and Little Prexies will do battle at 7 PM.

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Sept. 12 Chartiers-Houston 21 - Western Beaver 14
Sept. 19 Franklin Regional 34 - Indiana 20
Sept. 26 Mount Pleasant at Washington
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Oct. 17 Plum at Penn Trafford
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