A 2-2 start to the season probably caused some people to stop paying attention to Gateway.
The Gators sure have done a great job of opening eyes ever since.
Gateway is 6-2 overall and its 5-1 record in the Class 5A Big East Conference has the Gators in the thick of the hunt for not only a playoff berth, but the conference title, as well. Gateway, McKeesport and Armstrong are tied for the conference lead with 5-1 records. Franklin Regional (5-2), Kiski Area (4-2) and Penn-Trafford (3-3) are also still in playoff contention. The top four teams qualify for the postseason.
Gateway, under the guidance of first-year coach Don Holl, will try to make its case for a playoff spot and conference title the next two weeks by finishing the regular season with games against two other contending teams -- McKeesport and Franklin Regional. The Gators travel to McKeesport on Friday and host Franklin Regional the following week.