Gateway finished 6-6 last year in Section 2-AAAA. In some sections, a .500 record might be good enough for the playoffs. That was not the case in Section 2 last season as the Gators finished fourth and were left out of the postseason. Currently at 5-1, Gateway controls its own playoff destiny and no week will be bigger than the upcoming one of the Gators. There is currently a three-way tie for the section lead between Fox Chapel (6-1, 5-1), Plum (6-2, 5-1) and Gateway (5-3, 5-1) and Franklin Regional (9-3, 5-2) is not far behind.
The week ahead for Gateway looks like this, at Plum on Tuesday at Fox Chapel on Wednesday and at Penn Hills on Wednesday. The Wednesday meeting at Fox Chapel will be the first game of the season between the two teams. The game Tuesday at Plum will be a change for Gateway to avenge its only section loss this season, an 8-5 decision at home against the Mustangs.
"We have a big schedule coming up this week," Gateway coach Andy Popajas said. "This is a tough week. We haven't seen Fox Chapel yet but I know they are playing good ball. Plum is always good, top notch. Right now it seems like Fox Chapel is the team to beat, for us at least. It is a good challenge for us this week, Tuesday at Plum and Wednesday at Fox Chapel, we got to try and win one of those."