Road to Heinz / RMU Roundup

The Road to Heinz concluded this weekend as four championship games were played this past Saturday from the 6A, 4A, 3A, and 1A classification. This weekend, some of those teams have byes for the upcoming PIAA State Championship run while some continue their road to Hershey.

At the same time, two finals are on tap this Saturday as the Road to RMU wraps up WPIAL play. Meanwhile, the W-Zone had a tough weekend this week - not having power for over 60 hours, but more importantly a 5-3 record this weekend. That brings the total to 42-12 in the playoff predictions or just about 78%. This week the W-Zone will have to do some digging as the WPIAL Champions take on new foes while the Road to RMU continues - those games and more are below.

6A PIAA Bracket

  • State College (13-1) vs. Pine-Richland (11-2)

Pine-Richland played no mercy to up and coming Seneca Valley as the Rams cruised past SV with a 34-7 win in the 6A WPIAL Title game. Next up for the Rams are State College Little Lions who come into the season at 13-1. The Little Lions blew out several teams in the end of the season and so far in the playoffs. However, they did suffer a 32-17 loss mid year to Harrisburg who is still in the bracket after beating powerhouse Wilson High School last week. Don’t take the name lightly…the Little Lions are…well…not little. Expect some great play from this one and expect the Rams to feature a lot more passing offense than they did in the WPIAL championship game against Seneca Valley this past week.

5A WPIAL Finals

  • #5 West Allegheny (10-2) @ #2 Penn Hills (13-0)

Oh boy…this is setting up for a HUGE finals game at RMU. Most people thought they would get the matchup maybe of the WPIAL championships with #1 vs. #2, but West Allegheny had different plans. Behind coach Palko in his last season at WA, the Indians were able to play their way past the Gators, winning in upset fashion 42-28. The Gators defense had no stop for the Indians offense, a defense that only gave up more than 10 points in a game once this season. With the win, the Indians have one more game to be crowned champions as they take on stellar offense Penn Hills. Penn Hills had a tough go against Peters Township, but found a way to score 22 unanswered points to beat PT. This sets up for an amazing finish to the 5A season in the WPIAL.

4A PIAA Bracket

  • Cathedral Prep (10-3) vs. South Fayette (12-1)

South Fayette made a furious comeback against outstanding #1 Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL 4A championship, winning 31-24. Next up for the Lions are Cathedral Prep Ramblers who come into the game 10-3. The Ramblers, being a private school, has been featured in a bunch of out-of-state games including New York as well as out-of-country Ontario. Cathedral Prep has not really been tested so far this season, so this one on paper will be good to see who is better - District 7 or District 10.

3A PIAA Bracket

  • Aliquippa (12-1) vs. Bald Eagle Area (12-2) / Sharon (10-3) winner (Bye this week)

No question here who was mighty in 3A play as the Quips of Aliquippa made no worries in fans at Heinz Field, putting up 42 points on the Derry Trojans. With the 42-19 win, the Quips now have a full week off as the 3A PIAA bracket has Bald Eagle Area taking on Sharon for the other matchup. So rest is on the way for the Quips, a team that not only will benefit from rest, but more importantly, will get an extra week of film of their opponent.

2A WPIAL Finals

  • #8 South Side Beaver (10-3) @ #3 Steel Valley (11-1)

Wow, talk about two finals games that feature two teams that were not thought to be there. West A in 5A and biggest surprise #8 seed South Side Beaver. After upsetting the #1 seed the previous week, the Rams took on #4 seed Charleroi who came in as the favorite. The Rams held on to a late lead and won the game 26-21. They will have to prepare well as the #3 seed Steel Valley Ironmen had no trouble downing the Freedom Bulldogs 40-0. It’s safe to say this matchup is heavenly one-sided, but we have seen the impossible happen so far this post season so anything can…and will…happen.

1A PIAA Bracket

  • OLSH (12-1) vs. Farrell (13-0) / Smethport (11-0) / Coudersport (7-4) winner (Bye this week)

OLSH came into the 1A championship game against the Rochester Rams as the favorite on paper, but had little experience in the playoffs. In fact, the win over the Rams, 28-6, not only won the Chargers a title, but their very first football title as the program is only 10 years young. OLSH gets a nice long week off to prepare for a “couple games” - due to weather, the teams of Smethport and Coudersport have to play a 4 PM Monday game to decide the winner to take on Farrell from District 10. Then…OLSH will figure out their matchup. So expect this team to take the week off and prepare for one of three possible outcomes.

Predictions for this week’s games will be made on Thursday. Scores, updates, and results will be made on throughout the weekend.