It's still relatively uncommon for a player to change schools in mid-season as Stephon McGinnis did last week when he left Ambridge for Aliquippa. How soon he plays or doesn't play for Aliquippa remains to be seen, but for Ambridge that is a moot point now.
The Bridgers are forced to move on without one of their two returning starters from last year and leading receiver. With McGinnis catching 27 passes in the first five games, he was a vital part of the offense and quarterback Austin French averaged 13.6 yards per completion.
Without McGinnis, the Bridgers still passed 27 times in a 30-6 loss to Montour but French averaged just 5.3 yards per completion. That was the first game, though, and most teams losing their top receivers wouldn't react well immediately.
Ambridge, though, is in position to make a serious playoff push if the Bridgers can make the adjustment. After losing the last three games by a combined score of 127-26 to teams with a combined record of 16-2, the Bridgers finish their season against three teams with a combined record of 5-13. A sweep of the three games will likely put Ambridge into the playoffs.