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The Monessen Greyhounds (3-1) enter the US Steel Game of the Week against Bishop-Canevin coming off arguably the most shocking victory the WPIAL’s recent memory.

Monessen dominated every aspect of its Week 4 game at Clairton when the Greyhounds notched a 42-24 victory over the Bears. The victory ended Clairton’s 66-game winning streak that dated back to Sept. 4, 2009 and included multiple Class A state titles along the way.

With Clairton in the rearview mirror, Monessen’s attention must now turn its focus on the Crusaders of Bishop-Canevin. Under first-year head coach Darren Schoppe, the Crusaders have struggled after a 31-3 victory over United in Week 1.

Since, the squad has dropped three straight as it began district play. The Crusaders’ recent effort came in a 28-14 loss to California which dropped their record to 1-3.

On the other side, Monessen enters the game off its massive victory over Clairton and is ranked No. 60 in the state of Pennsylvania via MaxPreps. Monessen entered Neil C. Brown Stadium coming off its first loss of the season, a 49-33 stumble against Fort Cherry, but rebounded with an impressive effort.

Clintell Gillaspie will need to turn in another quality outing for the Greyhounds out of the backfield to establish Monessen’s offensive attack as he did against Clairton. Gillaspie rushed 13 times for 163 yards and caught three passes for 155 yards.

As Gillaspie dominated the Bears defense, he scored on a two-yard rush and took a screen pass 69 yards to the house for two of his four touchdowns last week.

Beside Gillaspie, Javon Brown was able to get free for a touchdown on a punt return in the second quarter. Both players are recruiting targets in the Class of 2014, as Gillaspie entertains interest from Rutgers, West Virginia and Pitt while Brown has piqued the interest of Bowling Green, Temple and West Virginia.

Defensively, Justice Rawlins leads the Greyhounds from the inside linebacker position. The 6-2, 220-pound backer is ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, and already has an offer on the table from Rutgers amid interest from such schools as Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Rawlins’ efforts will be needed to lead the Greyhound defense in order neutralize the threats posed by two of the Crusaders’ top offensive weapons, Tyler Reddy and Giovanni DeMarzo. Reddy, a senior, is a jack-of-all trades after he recorded touchdowns while accumulating yards as a receiver, running back and quarterback.

DeMazzo, a junior running back, posted 422 yards and three touchdowns in 2012 before his season was lost to a separated shoulder.

USSBishop Canevin owns a minus-14 point differential this season, and the Crusaders’ three losses have come by an average of 14 points. Monessen’s overall point differential in 2013 is plus-68, on the other hand, and the Greyhounds have won their three games by an average margin of 28 points.

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