The second week of WPIAL playoff action saw the semifinals in 6A, 4A, 3A, and 1A while 5A and 2A played their quarterfinals. The Championship Games for the first four classes listed will be next week at Heinz Field. Classes 5A and 2A will play their semifinals next Friday night at neutral sites with Championship Games the following week at Norwin Stadium.
1. Central Catholic 31, 4. Mt. Lebanon 14
Central Catholic returns to Heinz Field for the 6th time in 7 years. Bob Palko’s first season in 6A ends in the semifinals.
2. Pine-Richland 49, 3. North Allegheny 14
Pine-Richland topped rival North Allegheny for the second time this season with Cole Spencer throwing for over 350 yards and 6 TDs.
1. Central Catholic vs 2. Pine-Richland
1. Penn-Trafford 31, 9. Upper St. Clair 7
After holding just a 3-0 halftime lead, Penn-Trafford broke open the game in the second half and cruised to a victory, setting up a rematch with Peters Twp in what was the best game of last year’s 5A playoffs.
5. Peters Twp 33, 4. Moon 7
Peters Twp got revenge for a loss earlier this season. Logan Pfeuffer threw for 2 TDs with Ryan Magiske adding 2 TDs on the ground.
2. Gateway 17, Bethel Park 13
After a scoreless first half, Gateway got back to the semifinals for the fourth straight season.
6. McKeesport 35, 3. Penn Hills 20
McKeesport barely survived an upset bid from Baldwin last week and used their wishbone offense to run all over Penn Hills tonight, dealing the Indians their first loss to a 5A team since moving down in 2018.
1. Penn-Trafford vs 5. Peters Twp
2. Gateway vs 6. McKeesport
1. Thomas Jefferson 49, 4. Blackhawk 0
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3. Belle Vernon 41, 2. South Fayette 30
Belle Vernon fell behind 30-21 in the second half but rattled off 20 straight points to earn their first trip to Heinz Field since 1999.
1. Thomas Jefferson vs 3. Belle Vernon
1. Central Valley 42, 4. Derry 7
Central Valley and Derry met for the third time in four years and Central Valley got their first victory over the Trojans, earning a trip to Heinz Field for the first time since 2015.
2. Aliquippa 21, 6. South Park 7
Aliquippa earns their 12th consecutive trip to Heinz Field with a win over conference foe South Park. The Quips will have a shot at revenge against Central Valley, the only team to beat them this year.
1. Central Valley vs 2. Aliquippa
1. Washington 28, 8. Freedom 0
Zack Swartz ran for 3 TDs and intercepted a pass to lead the Prexies past Freedom.
5. Brentwood 20, 4. Neshannock 0
John Milcic ran for a TD and threw for another as Brentwood gets to the semifinals for the first time since 2006.
2. Avonworth 38, 10. New Brighton 13
Jax Miller ran for 2 TDs as the Lopes held New Brighton’s dynamic passing attack in check.
14. Riverside 41, 6. McGuffey 27
A week after knocking off #3 seed Burgettstown, Riverside’s passing game stormed past McGuffey to get back to the semifinals for the third time in four years.
1. Washington vs 5. Brentwood
2. Avonworth vs 14. Riverside
1. Clairton 39, 4. Cornell 0
Clairton had lost in the semifinals the last two years but dominated Cornell tonight to get back to Heinz Field for the first time since 2016.
Final. We're going home.
— Clairton Bears (@CCSDathletes) November 9, 2019
3. Sto-Rox 24, 2. West Greene 7
West Greene’s Benjamin Jackson broke the WPIAL’s single-season rushing record in the first quarter but the Pioneers best season since 1993 came up just short of Heinz Field.
1. Clairton vs 3. Sto-Rox