Round 2 - Playoff Matchups
Week 1 of the 2018 WPIAL Playoffs are in the books and for the most part, the higher seeds in each classification prevailed. Not many upsets were made, but the one that did stand out was that by the Wolverines…yes the Wolverines…of Woodland Hills. Woodland Hills found a way to upset #4 seed Mars in 5A 14-0 to move onto the next round. With this in mind, the W-Zone went 26-4 on picks, or about 87%. Times and locations for the next round will be updated during the week, so check in back in during the week for more updates. Also, check in on Thursday for the predictions for the second week of playoff football in the WPIAL.
Class 6A was the only class that featured byes as the 6A is only made up by 9 teams and only 6 teams invited to the playoffs. #1 North Allegheny and #2 Pine-Richland will have to be careful to not fall for the bye week as they both will take on teams that are looking to pull the upset. Seneca Valley scored a last minute touchdown to upend #4 Central Catholic while #3 Mt. Lebanon scored just enough to beat Canon-McMillan to set up the semifinal matchups in 6A. Just like 4A and 5A, unless something happens to the two teams having an extra week off, expect another #1 vs. #2 final for 6A.
 Seneca Valley (8-3) @  North Allegheny (10-0)
 Mt. Lebanon (6-5) @  Pine-Richland (9-2)
Class 5A featured two upsets on the evening. #9 Franklin Regional doubled up #8 Bethel Park by winning 56-28, while the biggest upset of all WPIAL week one playoff games, Woodland Hills who was under .500 coming into the game (4-6) ousted #4 Mars in a 14-0 game setting up another week that a Wolverine team will be in the playoffs. The biggest story though - points. Wow…how about the top four seeds left combining for 190 points in their victories. #1 Gateway put up 63 on Kiski Area while #2 Penn Hills put up 55 on Latrobe. Unless something changes, expect a #1 vs. #2 final here as well.
 Franklin Regional (7-3) @  Gateway (11-0)
 Woodland Hills (5-6) @  West Allegheny (8-2)
 McKeesport (9-2) @  Penn Hills (11-0)
 Penn-Trafford (9-2) @  Peters Township (9-2)
Class 4A featured three blowout wins and one tight game. Thomas Jefferson still looks like the class here as they destroyed New Castle 49-16. South Fayette looks like a worthy #2 seed as they ousted Greensburg Salem 42-6. Belle Vernon cruised past a surprised Beaver team 49-11. The lone game that came down to the fourth quarter was West Mifflin @ Blackhawk. Blackhawk gave up a late touchdown in the game to make the score close, but the Cougars held on in the end for the win to set up the 4A class with all higher seeds prevailing. Good chance for a #1 vs. #2 final in hand, but upsets have happened during the 4A season.
 Blackhawk (10-1) @  Thomas Jefferson (10-0)
 Belle Vernon (9-1) @  South Fayette (10-1)
Class 3A featured a crazy finish in #3 seed vs. #6 seed matchup where North Catholic scored a touchdown with 38 seconds left to hold on and beat Quaker Valley. All three other games were fairly one-sided after the first half. However, the only team that didn’t really struggle during all four quarters was Derry. Derry came out of the gate on a muddy…and I mean muddy…football field in Derry. Derry blasted upset special Central Valley 46-0 setting up a possible date to the championship game against North Catholic. Aliquippa struggled in the first quarter, but eventually cruised past the Yellow Jackets of Freeport. Maybe the best matchup of the 3A season will be that semifinal where the Quips will take on rival Beaver Falls.
 Beaver Falls (9-2) @  Aliquippa (10-1)
 North Catholic (10-1) @  Derry (10-1)
Class 2A featured all higher seeds winning. Even though were a few games that were blowouts, 2A featured several close games. Top seed Shady Side Academy only won by 2 over stingy Serra Catholic. South Side Beaver held on to beat a good back and forth game against McGuffey. Freedom continues their remarkable drive as they held on to beat the Antelopes of Avonworth. With that being said, the top seeds will be heavenly favorited in this week’s matchups. The best game and a good one to go see would be the #2 seed vs. #7 seed matchup where Freedom will look to put their 10-1 record on the line against undefeated Blue Devils of Burgettstown.
 South Side Beaver (8-3) @  Shady Side Academy (10-0)
 Mohawk (9-2) @  Charleroi (9-1)
 Freedom (10-1) @  Burgettstown (10-0)
 Washington (10-1) @  Steel Valley (9-1)
Class A for week one of playoffs on paper looked pretty easy to pick, even with the #5 seed Rochester. OLSH came into play as a strong 3 seed, Rochester has been reeling off wins, and Clairton and Jeannette are…Clairton and Jeannette. But for the top two teams - Jayhawks and Bears - the first week of playoffs were a struggle. Jeannette squeaked by Monessen 18-14 while Clairton had a late touchdown to pull away from California 27-17. However, expect those two teams to put their time in this week and clean up play on both sides of the ball for the semifinals.
 Rochester (10-1) @  Jeannette (11-0)
 OLSH (10-1) @  Clairton (9-1)
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