What’s going on in the WPIAL this week? November 1 @BucFever422
Written by: Steve Richey on Friday, November 1st, 2019
#5 Seneca Valley Raiders (4-4, 4-6) at #4 Mount Lebanon Blue Devils (5-3, 6-4): These two teams met on September 13th at Mount Lebanon in a game that saw Mount Lebanon win 26-20. Seneca Valley ended their two-game losing streak last week and is coming off a 28-7 victory over Norwin. The Raiders played the top two seeds tough as they only lost 10-7 to #1 Central Catholic and 35-21 to #2 Pine-Richland. Mount Lebanon hosted Central Catholic last week and was blown out by a score of 45-7. The Blue Devils allowed an average of 43.0 points in losses to Central Catholic, Pine-Richland, North Allegheny, and 5A #2 Gateway. They allowed 15.8 in their six victories. The winner of this game will play #1 seed Central Catholic next Friday at Fox Chapel High School.
#6 Canon-McMillan Big Macs (3-5, 3-7) at #3 North Allegheny Tigers (7-1, 9-1): These two teams also met on September 13th. North Allegheny rolled at home with a 42-6 win over Canon-McMillan. Canon-McMillan has won two of their last three games but were blown out in all seven of their losses. Their closest loss was by 20 points as the Big Macs allow an average of 34.7 points per game. North Allegheny started out 9-0 and were headed for a #1 seed and a first-round bye but were demolished 42-14 at Pine-Richland last week. The Tigers are decimated by injuries but will look to get healthy with a quarterfinal win. The winner of this game will play #2 seed Pine-Richland next Friday at Pine-Richland High School.
5A First Round:
#16 Fox Chapel Foxes (3-4 Northern, 4-6) at #1 Penn-Trafford Warriors (6-0 Big East, 9-1): Fox Chapel enters the 5A playoff bracket as the Wild Card team, meaning they were the best sixth-place team out of the three conferences. The Foxes have won three out of their last four games after suffering a 27-20 defeat against Shaler last week. Penn-Trafford is the champion of the Big East conference and enter this game on a five-game winning streak since their only loss, a 42-21 setback at Massillon, Ohio. The Warriors have scored the most points in 5A (37.9 per game) and have allowed the fourth-fewest points (12.0 per game). Both teams played Hampton in the regular season, Fox Chapel won 16-13 while Penn-Trafford beat the Talbots 56-7.
#9 Upper St. Clair Panthers (4-3 Allegheny Eight, 6-4) at #8 North Hills Indians (5-2 Northern, 6-4): Upper St. Clair enters as the fourth-place team from their conference. The Panthers have lost three of their last four games but still boast the fifth-best offense in 5A at 28.9 points per game. North Hills earned a first-round home playoff game by being the second-place team in their conference. The Indians saw their two-game winning streak end last week with a 21-7 loss at conference champion Penn Hills. These teams have common opponents in Fox Chapel and Peters Township. The Panthers beat Fox Chapel 42-0 and lost to Peters Township 29-21, while the Indians beat Fox Chapel 35-28 and lost to Peters Township 38-14.
#13 Franklin Regional Panthers (3-3 Big East, 4-4) at #4 Moon Tigers (6-1 Allegheny Eight, 8-2): Franklin Regional comes into this matchup having lost their last two games and four of their last five. The Panthers were the fourth-place team in their conference and have only scored 31 points in their four losses. Moon is the champion of the Allegheny Eight conference after applying the head-to-head win over Peters Township. The Tigers have won four games in a row, all in conference play, and boast the fifth-best defense in 5A at 16.7 points allowed per game.
#12 Mars Planets (4-3 Northern, 6-4) at #5 Peters Township Indians (6-1 Allegheny Eight, 9-1): Mars is the fourth-place team from their conference although their three conference losses are by a combined 12 points. The Planets have allowed the sixth fewest points in 5A at 17.9 points per game. Peters Township is the second-place team from their conference and has won three games in a row since their 21-13 loss to Moon. The Indians have scored the fourth-most points in 5A (32.0 per game) and have the best defense in 5A at 8.7 points allowed per game. These two teams have three common opponents in: Fox Chapel (Mars 30-28 W, Peters 45-0 W), North Hills (Mars 14-7 W, Peters 38-14 W), and Moon (Mars 36-14 L, Peters 21-13 L).
#15 Shaler Titans (3-4 Northern, 4-6) at #2 Gateway Gators (5-1 Big East, 8-2): Shaler enters the 5A playoff bracket as the fifth-place team from their conference. The Titans entered last week needing a win to clinch a playoff spot and got a 27-20 victory at Fox Chapel. Gateway is the #2 seed despite being the second-place team from their conference. The Gators have won two games in a row since losing 48-12 at Massillon, Ohio and boast the second-highest scoring team in 5A at 36.2 points per game. These teams share common opponents in Franklin Regional and North Hills. Gateway defeated both by scores of 31-0 and 40-7 respectively, while Shaler beat FR 28-17 and lost to NH 19-12.
#10 Kiski Area Cavaliers (4-3 Northern, 5-5) at #7 Bethel Park Blackhawks (5-2 Allegheny Eight, 6-3): Kiski Area somehow finished third in their conference despite having the fewest points scored in 5A out of 23 teams (13.3 points per game). The Cavaliers enter the playoffs on a two-game winning streak after being blown out in two non-conference games prior. Bethel Park ended their two-game losing streak with a huge 14-13 win at Upper St. Clair last week. The Blackhawks provided Moon with their only conference loss of the season. These two teams played Shaler and Woodland Hills. Kiski Area lost both games by scores of 23-6 and 28-2. Bethel Park beat both teams by scores of 31-0 and 29-16.
#14 Latrobe Wildcats (2-4 Big East, 5-5) at #3 Penn Hills Indians (7-0 Northern, 9-1): This is a rematch from August 30th that was played at Latrobe and won 41-14 by Penn Hills. Latrobe has won three games in a row coming into this rematch, although two of them were non-conference games. The Wildcats allow the second-most points out of any 5A playoff team at 29.1 points per game. Penn Hills enters the 5A playoffs as the champion of the Northern conference. The Indians are the defending PIAA champions and have allowed the second-fewest points in 5A at 11.6 points per game.
#11 Baldwin Highlanders (4-3 Allegheny Eight, 5-5) at #6 McKeesport Tigers (4-2 Big East, 7-3): Baldwin comes into this game on a two-game losing streak as they finished fifth in their conference. The Highlanders have given up the third-most points in the 5A playoff field at 27.1 points allowed per game. McKeesport earned this home game by having one of the two best records among third-place teams in 5A. The Tigers three losses have come to: #1 Penn-Trafford, #2 Gateway, and 4A state #1 Cathedral Prep. McKeesport has scored the third-most points in 5A (33.6 per game) behind #1 Penn-Trafford and #2 Gateway.
#8 Montour Spartans (4-3 Northwest Eight, 5-5) at #1 Thomas Jefferson Jaguars (7-0 Big Eight, 10-0): Montour saw their four-game winning streak end last week with a 31-24 loss at #2 South Fayette. The Spartans were the fourth-place team in their conference despite allowing 15.6 points per game, good for fourth in 4A. Thomas Jefferson earned the #1 seed in 4A by having the fourth-most points scored in the WPIAL (48.2 per game) and allowing the fewest points in the WPIAL (3.3 per game). The Jaguars have outscored their last three opponents by a combined score of 155-0. Both teams played Laurel Highlands: Montour won 42-6, Thomas Jefferson won 60-0.
#5 Greensburg Salem Golden Lions (5-2 Big Eight, 5-5) at #4 Blackhawk Cougars (5-2 Northwest Eight, 6-4): Greensburg Salem comes into this matchup having won three of their last four games despite having the least amount of points scored in the 5A field (19.8 per game). On the other side of the ball, the Golden Lions allow the most points in the 5A playoff bracket (27.8 per game). Blackhawk earned a home game by being the second-place team in the conference. The Cougars have also won three of their last four games and have scored the fifth most points in the field (29.1 per game) while allowing the fifth most points (19.3 per game). These teams played both Indiana and South Fayette. Greensburg Salem beat Indiana 48-7 and lost to South Fayette 49-0. Blackhawk beat Indiana 42-14 and lost to South Fayette 34-14.
#7 West Mifflin Titans (4-3 Big Eight, 5-5) at #2 South Fayette Lions (7-0 Northwest Eight, 9-1): West Mifflin is the fourth-place team from their conference. The Titans were outscored 106-17 by the three other playoff teams in their section. South Fayette has won nine games in a row since their opening week loss against 5A #9 Upper St. Clair. The Lions are averaging 39.2 points per game on offense and are allowing 13.7 points per game. These teams played both Greensburg Salem and New Castle. West Mifflin lost to Greensburg Salem 13-10 and beat New Castle 35-27. South Fayette beat Greensburg Salem 49-0 and beat New Castle 37-21.
#6 New Castle Red Hurricane (4-3 Northwest Eight, 6-4) at #3 Belle Vernon Leopards (6-1 Big Eight, 8-1): New Castle hopes their nine-game trend of alternating wins and losses ends this week at Belle Vernon. The Red Hurricane have the fourth-most points scored in the 4A field at 30.9 per game. Belle Vernon has won seven straight games after their loss to #1 Thomas Jefferson. The Leopards are averaging 53.7 points per game during that stretch while only allowing 8.6 per game. These teams played both Ambridge and West Mifflin. New Castle beat Ambridge 56-7 and lost to West Mifflin 35-27. Belle Vernon beat Ambridge 58-0 and beat West Mifflin 40-7.
#8 Mount Pleasant Vikings (4-4 Big East, 5-5) at #1 Central Valley Warriors (7-0 Tri-County West, 9-1): Mount Pleasant squeaked in to the fourth position last week with a win and help from two other teams. The Vikings have actually won two games in a row and average 27.5 points scored per game. Central Valley has won three games in a row since their 28-3 loss against 4A #1 Thomas Jefferson. The Warriors stunned Aliquippa last week by defeating them 45-6 at Aliquippa. These teams played both Hopewell and North Catholic. Mount Pleasant beat Hopewell 48-34 and lost 42-28 to North Catholic. Central Valley beat Hopewell 63-28 and beat North Catholic 35-14.
#5 Beaver Falls Tigers (5-2 Tri-County West, 8-2) at #4 Derry Trojans (7-1 Big East, 8-2): Beaver Falls enters the playoffs as the third-place team from their conference. The Tigers only two losses came to #1 Central Valley (21-6) and #2 Aliquippa (40-0). Derry was the second-place team in their conference and have won five straight games entering the playoffs. The Trojans only losses came to 5A #14 Latrobe (20-14) and 3A #3 North Catholic (13-3). These teams played South Park and Uniontown. Beaver Falls beat South Park 34-7 and beat Uniontown 42-29. Derry beat South Park 35-7 and beat Uniontown 52-7. This game will be played on Derry’s grass field after all the rain on Thursday.
#7 Elizabeth Forward Warriors (6-2 Big East, 7-2) vs #2 Aliquippa Quips (6-1 Tri-County West, 9-1) at Ambridge HS: Elizabeth Forward enters the playoffs on a three-game winning streak by outscoring their opponents by a combined 90-6. The Warriors have given up the second-fewest points in the 3A field at 10.7 points per game and their only losses were to #4 Derry (26-17) and #3 North Catholic (12-7). Aliquippa looks to regroup after they were clobbered 45-6 on their home field by #1 Central Valley. The Quips still led the 3A playoff field in points scored (42.1 per game) and points allowed (9.8 per game). These teams played both Quaker Valley and Yough. Elizabeth Forward beat Quaker Valley 42-6 and beat Yough 38-6. Aliquippa beat Quaker Valley 55-0 and Yough 67-0. This game will be played at Ambridge High School.
#6 South Park Eagles (4-3 Tri-County West, 4-5) vs #3 North Catholic Trojans (8-0 Big East, 8-1) at JC Stone Field, North Park: South Park earned the sixth seed despite scoring the fewest points (18.6 per game) and allowing the most points (26.9) in the 3A bracket. The Eagles were not competitive in their three games against the other conference playoff teams. North Catholic enters this game on a six-game winning streak after losing to #1 Central Valley by a score of 35-14. The Trojans average the third most points in the field at 34.3 per game but allow the fifth most at 16.3 per game. These teams played Central Valley and Derry. South Park lost 48-13 to Central Valley and lost 35-7 to Derry. North Catholic beat Derry 13-3.
2A First Round:
#16 Shady Side Academy Indians (3-3 Allegheny, 5-4) at #1 Washington Little Prexies (7-0 Century, 10-0): Shady Side Academy started the season 3-0 but have stumbled since, including a forfeit and losing their last two games. The Indians have given up 43.7 points per game in which they played and lost. Washington won the Century conference last week with a 36-14 over McGuffey. The Little Prexies are averaging 48.3 points per game, which is highest in 2A and third in the WPIAL. These teams played both Brownsville and Summit Academy. Shady Side beat both Brownsville 35-12 and Summit Academy 28-20. Washington beat both Brownsville 44-7 and Summit Academy 58-16.
#9 Charleroi Cougars (5-2 Century, 7-2) at #8 Freedom Bulldogs (5-2 Midwestern, 7-3): Charleroi must travel on the road as the #9 seed despite having the third-highest point total in 2A (38.6 points per game). The Cougars are also very good defensively at 14.6 points allowed per game and their two losses came to #1 Washington (42-14) and #6 McGuffey (28-14). Freedom enters this matchup on a three-game losing streak as they have only scored 43 points in those three games. The Bulldogs were 4-0 at home this year and earned a home game as the second-place team in their conference. Both of these teams played Apollo-Ridge in the last two weeks. Charleroi beat the Vikings 43-33 while Freedom lost 27-19.
#13 Serra Catholic Eagles (4-3 Three Rivers, 6-4) at #4 Neshannock Lancers (6-1 Midwestern, 8-2): Serra Catholic comes into the playoffs on a three-game winning streak after losing 14-13 to #5 Brentwood and 34-14 at #3 Burgettstown. The Eagles are allowing 16.2 points per game, which is good for seventh best in the 2A playoff field. Neshannock has won four games in a row en route to winning the Midwestern conference title. The Lancers are scoring 34.4 points per game and only allowing 13.1 per game. Both these teams played Shenango. Serra Catholic lost 24-17 while Neshannock won 13-7.
#12 East Allegheny Wildcats (4-2 Allegheny, 7-3) at #5 Brentwood Spartans (6-1 Three Rivers, 8-2): East Allegheny has won two consecutive games and five out of their last six. The Wildcats are holding teams to 16.5 points per game. Brentwood is the second-place team out of their conference but only lost 16-13 to conference champion Burgettstown. The Spartans have the second-best defense in 2A allowing 9.8 points per game. Both these teams played South Allegheny. East Allegheny won 7-6 while Brentwood won 19-7.
#15 Southmoreland Scotties (4-3 Century, 5-5) at #2 Avonworth Antelopes (6-0 Allegheny, 10-0): Southmoreland has made the playoffs for the first time since 1979 despite losing five consecutive games after starting out 5-0. The Scotties are averaging 34.6 points per game, but a lot of those points were scored in the first half of their season. They allow the most points in the 2A field at 29.1 per game. Avonworth won the Allegheny conference by two games over Apollo-Ridge. The Antelopes were very good on both sides of the ball by averaging 36.4 points scored per game and 11.1 points allowed per game. Both teams played McGuffey. Southmoreland lost 55-28 while Avonworth won 34-20.
#10 New Brighton Lions (5-2 Midwestern, 7-3) at #7 Apollo-Ridge Vikings (4-2 Allegheny, 7-3): New Brighton enters the playoffs with a two-game winning streak and their three losses have been by a combined 22 points. The Lions are used to playing tight contests as their last seven games have all been within a 13-point margin. Apollo-Ridge has lost two of their last three games after starting the season 6-1. The Vikings have the third-smallest average margin of points scored vs points allowed at 4.4 points (23.5 scored – 19.1 allowed). These teams have both played Avonworth and Freedom. New Brighton lost both by scores of 24-13 and 24-21. Apollo-Ridge lost 42-14 to Avonworth but beat Freedom 27-19.
#14 Riverside Panthers (4-3 Midwestern, 6-3) at #3 Burgettstown Blue Devils (7-0 Three Rivers, 9-0): Riverside enters as the fourth-place team from their conference despite winning six straight games at one point. The Panthers lost by one to #8 Freedom and by eight to #10 New Brighton. They have the sixth-most points scored in the 2A field at 35.2 points per game, however they allow 25.0 per game. Burgettstown won their second straight Three Rivers conference title with a perfect record. The Blue Devils are excellent on both sides of the ball as they average 36.7 points scored per game (fourth best) while only allowing 7.8 per game (best in 2A). Both teams played Carlynton and Mohawk. Riverside beat them 57-32 and 35-10 while Burgettstown beat them 47-0 and 44-0.
#11 South Side Beaver Rams (4-3 Three Rivers, 5-5) at #6 McGuffey Highlanders (6-1 Century, 8-2): South Side enters the playoffs as the fourth-place team from their conference. The Rams are battle tested as eight of their games were separated by 15 points or less. McGuffey comes into the 2A playoffs having lost their last two games to #2 Avonworth (34-20) and #1 Washington (36-14). The Highlanders are the second-highest scoring team in 2A at 39.7 points per game.
#8 Our Lady of Sacred Heart Chargers (5-2 Big Seven, 7-3) at #1 Clairton Bears (6-0 Eastern, 8-2) at West Mifflin HS: OLSH earned a Wild Card in the 1A playoffs after their pivotal 22-14 loss against Cornell last week. The Chargers had a chance to earn a home game until then and are the defending WPIAL champions. They average 28.6 points per game which is surprisingly second-to-last in the 1A field. Clairton has rolled up eight consecutive wins since losing to 3A #2 Aliquippa (35-14) and 2A #6 McGuffey (42-27). The Bears are averaging 39.9 points per game and are only allowing 7.0 per game in those eight wins. Both teams played Jeannette. OLSH lost 42-13 while Clairton won 26-7. This game has been moved to West Mifflin High School due to all the rain on Thursday.
#5 California Trojans (6-1 Tri-County South, 7-3) vs #4 Cornell Raiders (6-1 Big Seven, 8-1) at West Allegheny HS: California earned the second place in the conference thanks in large part to their 40-12 win over Chartiers-Houston in week eight. The Trojans are averaging 35.8 points per game, which is sixth best in 1A. Cornell has reeled off six straight wins including a huge 22-14 win at OLSH last week. The Raiders only loss was a 28-25 setback against the #3 seeded Sto-Rox Vikings. Cornell is very good on both sides of the ball by averaging 36.6 points scored per game and 11.3 points allowed per game. These teams played both Bentworth and Laurel. California defeated Bentworth 67-34 but lost 15-0 at Laurel in a lightning-shortened game. Cornell defeated both teams by scores of 62-9 and 33-21. With all the rain on Thursday, this game has been moved to West Allegheny High School.
#7 Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions (4-2 Eastern, 7-3) at #2 West Greene Pioneers (7-0 Tri-County South, 9-1): Greensburg CC earned a 1A Wild Card by a total of two tiebreaker points over Chartiers-Houston. The Centurions have the lowest scoring team in the 1A field at 27.8 points per game. West Greene won the Tri-County South conference and has been an offensive juggernaut for most of the season as they led the WPIAL in scoring at 50.2 points per game. The Pioneers have been fairly good on defense as well allowing 15.9 points per game. These two teams have three common opponents in: Clairton, Mapletown, and Monessen. Greensburg CC lost to Clairton 21-14 but beat the other two teams 47-27 and 21-18 respectively. West Greene also lost to Clairton but by a score of 49-7. The Pioneers beat the other two teams 41-6 and 49-24.
#6 Jeannette Jayhawks (5-1 Eastern, 9-1) at #3 Sto-Rox Vikings (6-1 Big Seven, 9-1): This matchup was looking like it could have been the #1 seed vs #2 seed at Heinz Field until last week. Jeannette lost to #1 seed Clairton by a score of 26-7. The Jayhawks still scored the third-most points in 1A at 41.9 per game and had the best defense in 1A at 7.7 points allowed per game. Sto-Rox was 8-0 before losing 23-15 at Laurel in the penultimate week. The Vikings are the second-leading scoring team in 1A at 42.3. They are also the second-toughest team to score against in 1A at 9.0 points allowed per game. These teams both played Imani Christian and OLSH. Jeannette defeated both by scores of 48-0 and 42-13. Sto-Rox defeated both by scores of 56-0 and 34-6.
PIAA 3A DISTRICT 5/8/9:
#3 St. Mary’s Flying Dutch (6-4) vs #2 Westinghouse Bulldogs (7-3) at Cupples Stadium, Pittsburgh: St. Mary’s enters this PIAA Subregional matchup having won three straight games in District 9. The Flying Dutch have been flying offensively and have scored 159 in their past three wins. On the year, St. Mary’s averaged 37.5 points scored per game and allowed 29.1 per game. Westinghouse is now on a seven-game winning streak after defeating University Prep 12-2 in the District 8 title game. The Bulldogs got revenge after losing to UPrep 32-22 way back on September 5th. Westinghouse’s three losses were by a combined 21 points.
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