Lewis, Walsh to fight for first victory in 1999
By STEVE DILLENBURGER
Lewis and Walsh will battle and try to correct first game sputters at 1 p.m. Sunday at McGlinn Field.
The two returning playoff teams ended last year's regular season with a combined record of 9-3; this year they are both winless.
Lewis was shutout by PE in its first game, 18-0, losing in every way possible: offensively, defensively and on special teams.
This game, however, Lewis will face a less challenging Walsh team which lost its opener in a heart-breaker to Lyons. Both the Chick and Wild Women offenses hope to improve on disappointing shutouts.
Because this game's winner will be back in the playoff hunt, these two teams should step up their play for this important match-up.
Pasquerilla East vs. Welsh
The Pyros and the Whirlwind meet in the early game at noon on Sunday. This will be a very intriguing game because both teams opened with impressive shutout victories.
The Pyros crushed Lewis 18-0 and Welsh shocked PW, 16-0. This game will show whether the Welsh team is for real. The Whirlwind will face an imposing Pyro defense which limited Lewis to only one first down. Their defense will also be tested by the offense, which features quarterback PE's Elizabeth Plummer.
PE has gone 18-1 in their last 19 games and are the front runners to take home their third-consecutive championship. Welsh's opening win against PW will concern the Pyros, and their offense with quarterback Stef Eden should give the outstanding Pyro defense some troubles.
The winner of this game will put itself in the driver's seat of the Blue League.
Lyons vs. Pasquerilla West
When Lyons and PW face off at 2 p.m. Sunday, it will be a match-up of teams with reversed fortunes from last year.
The Lions had a disappointing season last year in which they fell one game short of making the playoffs. However, they quickly put the memories of last year behind them, beating Walsh to start their season.
Katie Yanez and a very talented wide receiving core lead the Lions on offense, while a stingy defense should prove to be just as great a challenge to the Weasels as the Welsh defense.
The Purple Weasels, who went 6-0 during the regular season last year, found their opener to be a rude awakening to the '99 season as they were beat 16-0 by Welsh Family.
Andi Will, PW's quarterback, will try to bring together the Weasel offense, as PW's defense will need to tighten up if they hope to stop the Whirlwind.
All Sports Stories for Friday, September 24, 1999