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Post Route Podcast: Episide 10

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POST ROUTE PODCAST: WEEK 10

Hello and welcome back to another week of the Post Route Podcast, hosted by Post-Gazette college writers Sam Werner (Pitt) and Stephen J. Nesbitt (WVU).

Last weekend was West Virginia's turn to have a week off, and the Mountaineers now have their fifth top-15 matchup when No. 12 Kansas State comes to town tonight. Meanwhile, while Pitt fell apart late Saturday against North Carolina, taking a 40-35 road loss.

On a time crunch? Here are some helpful time stamps:

0:30-15:57: RB James Conner rumbled for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries against the Tar Heels, but a weakening defense and QB Chad Voytik's fumble ended the Panthers' hopes of a last-minute comeback win. Is the Pitt defense regressing after its strong start to the season? Voytik had a steady start marred by the last drive and late fumble; he has begun to round into form, but does he need to spread out the offense more? Now Pitt faces a Syracuse team that is not a good one. Can the Panthers hold serve at home against an Orange team that has lost seven of its past eight games? Syracuse doesn't play much offense, but what strengths does it possess? 

15:58-25:44: Kansas State is a team that doesn't beat itself, according to everyone down in Morgantown. So, can the Mountaineers find a way to stop shooting themselves in the foot — as indicated by their minus-13 turnover margin? Was the off week a blessing or a curse for West Virginia, after a blowout loss against Texas and back-to-back defeats for the first time this season? Has this West Virginia/Kansas State game lost a little bit of its luster in the past few weeks? QB Jake Waters and WR Tyler Lockett are one of the more potent QB-WR tandems West Virginia has faced this season; will the rested Mountaineers secondary be up to the task?

25:45-40:00: Alabama bumped up four spots in the rankings this week after knocking off then-No. 1 Mississippi State, and the Crimson Tide now atop college football as the new No. 1. "Which is so stupid!" says Werner. Florida State hasn't looked dynamite week in and week out, but it's pretty darn hard to go undefeated; are the Seminoles being undervalued? Is this Florida State team comparable to the 2012 Notre Dame team? Who in the Nos. 4-7 range can jump up and secure that No. 4 seed? Could it be Baylor? Ohio State? The Buckeyes, for our money, might be the scariest team to face right now. All that and more on the 10th episode of the Post Route Podcast.

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Shuster holds transportation committee chairmanship

U.S. Rep Bill Shuster will take another spin as chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The Blair County Republican said he used his chairmanship to help bring federal funds -- to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars -- to Somerset County for a three-phase project to improve U.S. Route 219 . In the same...

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Empty Netter Assists - 11-20-14

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Penguins

-“It’s been hard, but the hockey stuff, the knee, the puck in the neck, this is all stuff you come back from. You’re a hockey player. You’re supposed to come back from that stuff. It’s the risk you take as a hockey player to be on the ice. But the other stuff? The clot, the lungs … it has nothing to do with hockey. It’s life-threatening, and you have to have to think of yourself and family and loved ones before hockey comes to mind.” - Pascal Dupuis on his past 11 month dealing with knee and neck injuries and two blood clots.

-How much will the Penguins miss Dupuis as a teammate?

-Yesterday's press conference featuring associate general manager Jason Botterill, team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, Dupuis and Mike Johnston:

-Chris Kunitz speaks:

-Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Capitals defenseman and former Penguin Brooks Orpik knew Olli Maatta would be back from having a tumor removed from his neck in two weeks.

-Jeff Zatkoff made 23 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-0 shutout of the Portland Pirates.

-Highlights:

-An overtime goal by Clark Seymour gave the Wheeling Nailers a 3-2 win against the Elmira Jackals. Eric Hartzell made 19 saves for Wheeling.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward Tom Roulston. Acquired midway through the 1983-84 season in a deal which sent Kevin McClelland and a draft pick to the Oilers, Roulston spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1983-84 by appearing in 53 games for the Penguins and scoring 28 points. After spending all of 1985-86 with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Roulston saw action in five games in 1985-86 and failed to record a point. He was released in the 1986 offseason. In 58 games with the Penguiins, he scored 28 points.

-After the Jump: Darryl Sutter's son has beaten the odds.

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Keystone Jobs

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Despite the myth of jobs created by the Keystone Pipeline, the actual number is 35. The State Dept. estimates there will be 42,000 plus jobs created by economic ripple effect by the construction of the pipeline but those jobs will only last 2 years. On the other hand, actual jobs are being created as a result of renewable energy. 

112014 Keystone Jobs

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Highly-touted Jenkins only an honorable mention all-conference pick

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Some items that fell off my laptop

The Class AAAA football all-conference teams were released recently, and an intriguing selection was Baldwin High School's Sterling Jenkins.

Jenkins is a senior offensive lineman who played in the Southeastern Conference against Upper St. Clair and Woodland Hills, among others. Jenkins wasn't a first-team all-conference pick. He wasn't second-team. He was an honorable mention selection. The all-conference teams are picked by the coaches in the conference. Jenkins didn't make first-team all-conference last year, either.

Sterling JenkinsJenkins, however, is ranked among the top 20 offensive tackles in the country by some scouting services (Jenkins is pictured towering above teammates at a practice). He was offered scholarships by many major colleges before making a verbal commitment to Penn State in the spring. His situation shows how so much of college football recruiting and scouting service player rankings are based on size, potential and how players might perform at a camp or combine. And not on how a player performs on the field in pads for his team.

The futures of offensive linemen are extremely hard to predict and it's understandable why colleges recruited Jenkins. He is 6 feet 8, 300 pounds and looks like an NFL offensive lineman. But he has admitted he still has a long way to go as a player. It will be interesting to see if he ever gets there.

Other football notes

**** The Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 comes out Thanksgiving Day. In talking to coaches, one player who was unheralded this season, but very good was Altoona defensive end Kevin Givens. One coach said he was the best defensive end he saw in the past few years. Pitt fans should be happy. Givens is a Pitt recruit.

**** Checking some WPIAL history, this will be Aliquippa's 20th WPIAL championship appearance in the past 35 seasons. Simply unbelievable.

**** Two of the WPIAL championship games are rematches from last year - West Allegheny vs. Central Valley and South Fayette vs. Aliquippa. In the history of the WPIAL, there have only been 11 championship rematches.

 

Pennsylvania schedule

The WPIAL finals are Friday. Here is the schedule for the rest of the state and the PIAA playoffs, courtesy of Kenny "The Horse" at the Post-Gazette. All four WPIAL champions will play in the PIAA playoffs next week.

PIAA CLASS AAAA PLAYOFFS
Western Region
Friday — District 3 Semifinals: Central Dauphin East (10-2) at West Lawn Wilson (12-0), 7 p.m.; Central Dauphin (10-2) at Governor Mifflin (11-1), 7 p.m.
Saturday — First Round: State College (5-6) vs. McDowell (8-4) at Clarion University, 1 p.m.
Eastern Region
Friday — Districts 2-4-11 Regional Championship: Parkland (10-2) at Easton (12-0), 7 p.m.; District 1 Semifinals: Downingtown East (9-3) at Coatesville (12-0), 7 p.m.; Upper Dublin (11-1) at Pennsbury (11-1), 7 p.m.
Saturday — District 12 Championship: Benjamin Franklin (10-0) vs. St. Joseph's Prep (7-3) at Philadelphia Northeast, 11:30 a.m.

PIAA CLASS AAA PLAYOFFS
Western Region
Friday — District 3 Semifinals: Daniel Boone (8-4) at Cocalico (9-3), 7 p.m.
Saturday — District 3 Semifinals: Red Land (9-3) at Bishop McDevitt (12-0), 1 p.m.
Bye — Conneaut (11-1).
Eastern Region
Friday — District 1 Championship: Springfield-Delco (12-0) vs. Great Valley (11-1) at Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 7 p.m.; First Round: Somerset (11-1) vs. Selinsgrove (9-2) at Richland H.S., Johnstown, 7 p.m.; First Round: Bethlehem Catholic (11-1) vs. Crestwood (12-0) at J. Birney Crum Stadium, Allentown, 7 p.m.
Saturday — District 12 Championship: Imhotep Charter (10-1) vs. Archbishop Wood (10-1) at Philadelphia Northeast, 3:30 p.m.

PIAA CLASS AA PLAYOFFS
Western Region
Friday — Districts 5-8-9 Regional Championship: Karns City (10-1) at Chestnut Ridge (10-2), 7 p.m.
Saturday — District 6 Championship: Mount Union (12-0) vs. Tyrone (11-1) at Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona, 7 p.m.; District 10 Championship: Greenville (11-1) vs. Hickory (9-2) at Slippery Rock University, 1 p.m.
Eastern Region
Friday — First Round: Dunmore (11-1) vs. Northwestern Lehigh (11-1) at Valley View, 7 p.m.
Saturday — District 4 Championship: Loyalsock (9-3) at Montoursville (8-4), 7 p.m.; District 3 Championship: Berks Catholic (12-0) vs. Wyomissing (11-1) at Hersheypark Stadium, 6 p.m.; First Round: Neumann-Goretti (8-4) vs. Springfield-Montco (6-6) at South Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

PIAA CLASS A PLAYOFFS
Western Region
Friday — District 10 Championship: Sharpsville (9-3) vs. West Middlesex (10-2) at Slippery Rock University, 7 p.m.; District 9 Championship: Brockway (9-2) vs. Kane (11-1) at Clarion University, 7 p.m.
Saturday — District 5 Championship: Berlin Brothersvalley (11-1) vs. Meyersdale (9-2) at Somerset, 7 p.m.
Eastern Region
Friday — District 6 Championship: Bishop Guilfoyle (12-0) vs. Portage (11-1) at Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona, 7 p.m.; First Round: Pius X (10-2) vs. Delco Christian (9-2) at Nazareth, 7 p.m.; First Round: South Williamsport (11-1) vs. Old Forge (12-0) at Loyalsock, 7 p.m.
Saturday — District 3 Championship: Camp Hill (9-2) vs. York Catholic (8-3) at Hersheypark Stadium, noon.

 

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