Keith Barnes profiles the Central Valley football team.
"It would be difficult to dispute just how good the Central Valley offense has been this season.
With weapons including 1,300-yard rusher and Pitt recruit Jordan Whitehead, a quarterback in John George who has thrown for nearly 900 yards despite an injury-plagued campaign, and his backup, Chris Callaghan, who came off the bench to throw for nearly 1,250, it's easy to see why the Warriors lead Class AAA with 560 points, a 46.7 points-per-game average.
Even with such a dominant attack, though, Central Valley (12-0) wouldn't be making a trip to Heinz Field Friday at 8 p.m. to take on Parkway Conference rival and two-time defending champion West Allegheny (11-1) in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game if it weren't for outstanding efforts on the team's defense and special teams.
"This time of year, you're going to have to play good defense, but the bottom line is that it does get overlooked because we score a lot of points at times," Central Valley coach Mark Lyons said. "But you need defense because, when you play this late in the season, you're playing against some special athletes and pretty good teams and you've got to have defensive stops.""