PIAA Football Playoffs Update
Another week of playoffs are in the books, as we are down to the semifinals for the PIAA HS football playoffs. The WPIAL has a representative for each classification still except for the 4A as South Fayette had no answer for Cathedral Prep. Below are the results of the games from the previous week along with this week’s matchups. Check back in later on the week as the W-Zone will make predictions for the semifinals.
State College - 33 vs. 56 - Pine-Richland
PIne-Richland had everything clicking against State College with very little resistance. Pine Richland will now look to the semifinals against St. Joseph’s Prep, a familiar foe from the past. Pine-Richland and St. Joseph’s Prep have played several times now in the playoffs, including for state championships. St. Joseph’s Prep will be a tough test for the Rams for sure, as the Hawks are ranked 1st in the entire state of PA, alongside MaxPrep’s ranking of “Excellent 25” teams, being 18th. Some say this will be the toughest test for the Rams, but for sure it’s the toughest game on the schedule since week zero against IMG Academy (FL).
St. Joseph’s Prep (11-0) vs. Pine-Richland (12-2)
Saturday 1:00 PM @ Altoona HS
#5 West Allegheny - 18 vs. 28 - #2 Penn Hills
The story book run by Palko and company has ended - Penn Hills returns to glory as the Indians defeat the Indians…yes…28-18. Penn Hills used two long scoring plays during the game to pull away from West Allegheny late to secure another WPIAL championship. Next up for the Indians of Penn Hills will be Archbishop Wood. The Vikings are once again in the semifinals of state playoffs and will be taking on once again another WPIAL representative. This will be another tough games as the Vikings come into play as the 18th best team in PA.
Archbishop Wood (10-3) vs. Penn Hills (14-0)
Friday 7:00 PM @ Chambersburg HS
Cathedral Prep - 42 vs. 10 - South Fayette
Tough times were had for the Lions as they were held in check by Cathedral Prep. The Lions’ offense could not get anything going as they were only able to put up 10 points. The road to Hershey has been cut short for the WPIAL representative as this year there will be no state championship for the WPIAL.
Side Note: The remaining four teams for the 4A class are Imhotep, Bethlehem Catholic, Bishop McDevitt, and Cathedral Prep - all prive/charter schools.
Bye - Sharon defeated Bald Eagle Area 28-7 to take on Aliquippa
Aliquippa had the week off as the other Quarterfinal was between Sharon and Bald Eagle Area. Sharon easily defeated Bald Eagle Area and will now take on the Quips. The Quips will go as far as their QB Kosanovich will take them. Expect the Quips to jump out early taking on the D10 foe.
Sharon (11-3) vs. Aliquippa (12-1)
Saturday 1:00 PM @ Slippery Rock University
#8 South Side Beaver - 6 vs. 48 - #3 Steel Valley
Another good story team was the South Side Rams. Unfortunately, The Rams’s season was cut short as the favorite Steel Valley proved too much to tame as they won 48-6 to win the WPIAL 2A Championship. The Rams finish off a great year and definitely one of their school’s finest seasons. The Ironmen now move on to take on D10 powerhouse Wilmington who find themselves once again in the semifinals of 2A ball. The Greyhounds haven’t lost a step from last year’s run and will look to give some fight against Steel Valley.
Wilmington (13-1) vs. Steel Valley (12-1)
Friday 7:00 PM @ Ambridge HS
Bye - Farrell defeated Coudersport 48-6 to take on OLSH
OLSH will take on the Steelers…of Farrell. OLSH had the week off while Farrell defeated Coudersport easily in the other quarterfinals. OLSH won their first WPIAL championship, but are looking to do more damage. Farrell is another powerhouse from D10 in 1A ball, and will be a good test for OLSH. Farrell’s closest game all year long was 2A D10 foe Wilmington where they won 31-19. After that, Farrell has won games 40-16, 70-6, 40-0, 63-0, 47-0, 54-8, 46-0, 62-6, 50-6, 56-8, and 48-6. So, if you can tell, Farrell has at least scored 31 points in all their games…so expect Farrell and OLSH to put up a lot of points.
Farrell (14-0) vs. OLSH (12-1)
Friday 7:00 PM @ Slippery Rock University