The WPIAL postseason kicked off last week and all 22 games took place as scheduled. The opening round kicked off with a number of blowouts but also saw historic victories by Apollo-Ridge (reaching their first semifinal), Shenango (first semifinal since 1987), Plum (first semifinal since 1996), and Elizabeth Forward (first semifinal since 1999). Additionally, we saw Keystone Oaks, Sto-Rox, and Serra Catholic earn come-from-behind victories while Shenango survived a furious comeback by scoring in the final minute. Due to the PIAA playoff brackets, the WPIAL 6A Champion is slated to enter the state tournament at the quarterfinal level. The other WPIAL Champions all enter the state tournament at the semifinal level. This means that the WPIAL 6A Championship is this weekend while the rest of the classifications have their semifinals. A detailed preview of the 6A Championship between North Allegheny and Central Catholic can be found here.
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1. Pine-Richland (7-0) vs 4. Penn-Trafford (6-1)
Pine-Richland moved down from 6A to 5A this season and is looking for their fourth consecutive trip to the WPIAL final. The Rams have been dominant all season with the top-ranked offense (50.7 points per game) and defense (7.0 points against per game) in 5A. Last week they dispatched South Fayette 47-7 in a record-setting game for a number of players. QB Cole Spencer (1754 yards, 24 TDs) threw for 3 TDs and ran for another, in the process breaking Pine-Richland’s career passing touchdown record. For a school that produced both Ben DiNucci and Phil Jukovec in the last decade, this is an incredible accomplishment. All three of Spencer’s passing touchdowns went to Eli Jochem (745 yards, 13 TDs) who also added a pick-six. Defensive end Miguel Jackson also recorded his 30th career sack, breaking the school record. In addition to Jochem, Alex Gochis (299 yards, 3 TDs), Jeremiah Hasley (241 yards, 2 TDs) and Charlie Mil (221 yards, 3 TDs) have all been factors in the Rams passing attack. Out of the backfield, Tristen Taylor (326 yards, 3 TDs) and Caden Schweiger (258 yards, 3 TDs) have split the primary workload with change-of-pace back Jordan Burns (272 yards, 2 TDs) also playing a role.
Penn-Trafford eliminated Upper St Clair from the postseason for the second straight year. Last week, the Warriors ground game was unstoppable as Ethan Carr ran for 188 yards and 2 TDs and Cade Yacamelli ran for 124 yards and 2 more scores. Carr, a dual-threat QB, has thrown for 877 yards and 15 TDs and run for 616 yards and 8 TDs. Carr and Yacamelli (657 yards, 10 TDs) have been a formidable tandem out of the Penn-Trafford backfield. All in all, Penn-Trafford’s top four backs – Carr, Yacamelli, Ian Demeri (189 yards, 1 TD), and Nate Frye (108 yards, 2 TDs) – all average over 9 yards per carry. The electric Brad Ford has been a threat to score every time he touches the ball with over 300 yards of total offense and 6 TDs. Mason Frye (218 yards, 3 TDs) and Chase Vecchio (171 yards, 4 TDs) have been the top receivers for the Warriors. While Pine-Richland has the top-rated offense, Penn-Trafford is not far behind, averaging 45.4 points per game. Defensively, the Warriors held opponents to just 12.3 points per game, the 4th best mark in 5A. This is the second playoff meeting between the schools with Penn-Trafford claiming victory in 2015. Penn-Trafford lost in the WPIAL final in 2015 and 2017 and is looking for their third title game appearance in the last six years.
2. Gateway (5-0) vs 3. Peters Twp (7-0)
In a rematch of last year’s thrilling 5A Championship Game, Gateway and Peters Twp meet again for the right to go back to the title game. Gateway was victorious by a slim 21-20 margin last year, but not without some controversy. Late in the game, Gateway’s punter fumbled the snap and went down to one knee to pick up the ball but was not ruled down at the spot and was able to pin Peters Twp deep and force them to drive the length of the field to try to win the game, which they were unable to do against Gateway’s tough defense. Both of these teams are extremely sound defensively with Peters tied for the best unit in 5A, allowing just 9.7 points per game and Gateway a sliver behind them at 9.8 points against per game. Gateway missed 3 games this year due to COVID cancellations but earned the #2 seed as the defending WPIAL Champions. Gateway is coming off a 14-0 victory over old rival Penn Hills where their defense produced 3 red zone turnovers to secure the victory. Gateway boasts the best player in the state in Derrick Davis who is being recruited by Penn State, Ohio State, and LSU as a safety but also leads the Gators ground attack with 624 yards and has added 159 receiving yards and scored 11 times. Quarterback Carsen Engleka (913 yards, 11 TDs) has the benefit of throwing to one of the best receiving tandems in the WPIAL in Chamor Price (292 yards, 5 TDs) and Patrick Body (252 yards, 4 TDs).
This is absolutely a revenge game for Peters Twp who is looking to get back to the title game for just the second time in school history. The Indians beat Woodland Hills 39-6 in the opening round on the strength of their defense. Peters’ defense scored 18 points with Luke Petrarcha scoring on a fumble return and a pick-six and the defense adding two safeties. The Indians defense is led by Florida-commit Donovan McMillon at safety who also plays receiver and has accounted for 181 yards and 3 TDs along with a number of other big plays on special teams. He is joined in the defensive backfield by Braylon Carrington who earlier this year against Peter Twp had four interceptions in the game and returned two for touchdowns. Carrington is also the Indians leading receiver (306 yards, 1 TD). Inside linebacker Corbin Hondru is a Miami (OH)-commit and is always around the football. The ground game has been a tandem effort this season between Nico Pate (384 yards, 3 TDs) and Vinny Sirianni (247 yards, 5 TDs). Peters has been so good defensively and on the ground that QB Logan Pfeuffer, who threw for over 2300 yards last season, has only had to attempt about 12 passes per game. Pfeuffer is a very good quarterback when he needs to put the ball in the air and has thrown for 827 yards and 6 TDs. Peters Twp will certainly be out for revenge after losing to Gateway in the WPIAL final last year and this game figures to be a defesive struggle between two solid all-around teams.
1. Aliquippa (8-0) vs 4. Belle Vernon (6-1)
This will be the first playoff meeting in 30 years between the two schools. Aliquippa topped Belle Vernon twice in the 1980s when both played in AAA. The Quips are looking to continue their incredible run of 12 straight WPIAL Championship Game appearances while Belle Vernon is looking to get back to the WPIAL final for the second straight year after losing to Thomas Jefferson last season. The last time Aliquippa did not make a WPIAL Championship Game was in 2007 when they lost to a Terrelle Pryor-led Jeannette team in the semifinals. The Quips were forced to move up to 4A this season and didn’t miss a beat, boasting the top-rated offense (46.5 points per game) and second-best defense (10.3 points against per game). Aliquippa’s massive line has paved the way for the tandem of Vernon Redd (1134 yards, 13 TDs) and Karl McBride (226 yards, 8 TDs). Vaughn Morris has thrown for 971 yards and 16 TDs and added 6 more scores on the ground. Through the air, Morris has spread the ball around between Antonyo Anderson (306 yards, 6 TDs), Cyair Clark (298 yards, 4 total TDs), and Tajier Thornton (266 yards, 4 TDs).
Belle Vernon is led by dual-threat QB Devin Whitlock, who is one of the best all-around athletes in the WPIAL (and also an excellent basketball player). Whitlock has done most of his damage on the ground (931 yards, 18 TDs) but has also had success through the air (503 yards, 6 TDs). Last week, Whitlock and Quinton Martin (344 yards, 7 TDs) combined for over 320 yards and scored 3 times each. Dan Anden (418 yards, 7 TDs) and Jackson Jewell (198 yards, 2 TDs) have also been significant factors in the Leopards ground game. Against Aliquippa’s massive defensive line, this should be a great matchup in the trenches as three Leopards rushers (Whitlock, Martin, and Jewell) are averaging over 11 yards per carry. Since their ground game has been so good, Belle Vernon is averaging fewer than 12 pass attempts per game, but when they to the air Tanner Steeber (120 yards, 2 TDs) has been the top receiver. Belle Vernon pitched 4 shutouts in 6 games this season and while statistically they have allowed 11 points per game (4th-ranked in 4A), most of those points came in a 42-21 loss to Thomas Jefferson. These are two evenly-matched teams with stout defenses and solid ground games which should make for a great semifinal.
2. Thomas Jefferson (6-1) vs 3. Plum (8-0)
Thomas Jefferson is making their 22nd semifinal appearance in the last 23 years. The Jaguars are the defending WPIAL and PIAA Champions but saw their 21-game winning streak snapped against McKeesport in Week 7. Plum topped McKeesport last week in a hard-fought 12-9 defensive struggle. Statistically, Thomas Jefferson has been one of the top teams in 4A with the second-best offense (42.7 points per game) and top-ranked defense (8.7 points against per game). In the opening round, TJ blew past Mars and the WPIAL’s leading rusher Teddy Ruffner, effectively taking him out of the game by jumping out to a big lead thanks to their passing attack. Jake Pugh (1217 yards, 18 TDs) threw 4 TD passes last week, 2 each to Ian Hansen (489 yards, 7 TDs) and Preston Zandier (449 yards, 8 TDs). On the ground, the Jaguars have split the workload between DeRon VanBibber (448 yards, 4 TDs) and Conner Murga (408 yards, 11 TDs). Murga is averaging over 8 yards per carry and ran for 92 yards and 2 scores against Mars last week.
Plum got their first playoff win since 2014 and is playing in the semifinals for the first time since 1996. The Mustangs are looking for their first trip to the WPIAL final since 1983 when they won the AAAA Championship. Plum has the third-best defense in the classification, allowing just 10.9 points per game and flexed their muscles against McKeesport to shut out the Tigers in the second half. Plum has been particularly good at stopping the run this season. Offensively, the Mustangs average 35.4 points per game (4th in 4A) and are led by dual-threat QB Ryan Hubner who has thrown for 1220 yards and 14 TDs and run for 399 yards and 6 TDs. Hubner and Eryck Moore (721 yards, 12 TDs), who scored the game-winning TD in the third quarter against McKeesport, have been a formidable tandem out of the backfield, with both players averaging over 7.5 yards per carry. On the outside, Hubner’s favorite target has been Reed Martin (520 yards, 8 TDs) while Logan Brooks (384 yards, 7 TDs) has been a big-play hitter in the passing game. Both of these teams have stout defenses and have balanced offensive attacks with solid quarterback play and good receivers on the outside. Thomas Jefferson has the program tradition of being in this position while Plum is in the midst of an historic season.
1. Central Valley (8-0) vs 4. Keystone Oaks (5-2)
These Northwest Six Conference opponents faced off earlier this season with Central Valley winning in resounding fashion 65-14. Central Valley is the defending WPIAL 3A Champions and have blitzed through the season in resounding fashion with the top-ranked offense (51.5 points per game) and defense (7.0 points against per game) in the classification. The Warriors are looking for their 6th trip to the WPIAL finals since the merger of Center and Monaca in 2010. Central Valley has mercy-ruled all of their opponents so far, including a 56-7 thrashing of East Allegheny last week after the Wildcats were trash-talking before the game. This Central Valley team is absolutely loaded with talent all over the field. Junior Landon Alexander (878 yards, 10 TDs) and Bret FitzSimmons (448 yards, 2 TDs) have led the ground game, both averaging an insane 13.5 yards per carry. Central Valley has been so good on the ground that Ameer Dudley (758 yards, 11 TDs) has not had to throw very often, but he is one of the best quarterbacks in the state and can lead the team to victory if needed. Akron-commit Myles Walker is the Warriors top receiver (304 yards) and has added 225 rushing yards and found the end zone 14 times. Pitt-commit Stephon Hall has scored 14 times in all three phases of the game.
While Central Valley has built a strong tradition in their decade of existence, Keystone Oaks has never made a WPIAL Championship Game since the merger of Green Tree, Dormont, and Castle Shannon in 1965 (Dormont High School won the 1945 WPIAL title). Keystone Oaks overcame a 10-point deficit at the start of the 4th quarter last week against South Park. With dual-threat QB Logan Shrubb limited by an ankle injury, Mark Hutchin and Kevin Drew took over the offense, each scoring twice. On the season, Shrubb has thrown for 889 yards and 3 TDs and run for 871 yards and 12 scores. Hutchin, the team’s top receiver (401 yards), ran for 206 yards and 2 TDs (including the game-winner with under a minute to go) last week. In total, Hutchin has produced over 700 yards of total offense and scored 6 times. Drew’s 2 TDs last week doubled his season total. Tyler Perry has been an all-around weapon for the Golden Eagles with nearly 300 yards of total offense and 6 TDs. Logan Shrubb was fully healthy for the first meeting between these two teams, and if he is still limited by his injury it could spell trouble for Keystone Oaks against the defending WPIAL Champions who have their eyes set on the State title.
2. North Catholic (8-0) vs 3. Elizabeth Forward (7-0)
at Mars HS
The Allegheny Seven Conference Champion and Interstate Conference Champion square off for the right to go to the WPIAL final. This is North Catholic’s 7th trip to the semifinals in the last 9 years, but the Trojans are just 1-10 all-time in the WPIAL semis. On the other side, Elizabeth Forward captured their first playoff victory since 2000, is making their first semifinal appearance since 1999, and have never made a WPIAL final. Whoever wins this game will claim an historic result for their program. North Catholic finishing second in 3A in both offense (44 points per game) and defense (8.9 points per game). Elizabeth Forward ranked third in the classification in both categories at 32.4 points per game and 10.4 points against per game. These teams are somewhat familiar with each other as they both played in the 3A Big East conference in the last cycle with North Catholic winning both meetings, 27-0 in 2018 and 12-7 last year. North Catholic won the only playoff meeting between the two schools, which came in 1987 in the AAA quarterfinals.
North Catholic’s offensive attack has been led by dual-threat QB Joey Prentice who has thrown for 1155 yards and 16 TDs and run for 549 yards and 12 scores. Prentice suffered an injury in the regular season finale against Freeport but was able to play last week and threw for 150 yards and 2 TDs against Mt. Pleasant. He has been complemented in the backfield by Kyle Tipinski (562 yards, 11 TDs) who ran for 2 TDs in the playoff opener. On the outside, Prentice’s favorite target has been Nick Maher (541 yards, 9 TDs) while Tyler Maziarz (158 yards, 3 TDs) has been a big play machine. Maher and Isaiah Jackson anchor the Trojans tough defense which will be tested against Elizabeth Forward’s rushing attack. The Warriors are a ground-and-pound team, especially since losing dual-threat QB Evan Lewis to injury. Against Freeport in the quarterfinals, DaVontay Brownfield (592 yards, 9 TDs), Nico Mrvos (467 yards, 5 TDs), and Kyle Flournoy (260 yards, 2 TDs) all scored rushing touchdowns. With Zion White (299 yards, 2 TDs) now playing quarterback for Lewis, leading receiver Zach Boyd (288 yards, 6 TDs) has stepped up. Keep an eye out for Bowling Green-commit Chase Whatton who is a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball as a disruptive defensive end and a solid tight end (147 yards, 4 TDs).
1. Beaver Falls (8-0) vs 4. Apollo-Ridge (6-0)
The two best rushing attacks in 2A go head-to-head in the semifinals. These teams previously met in back-to-back years with Apollo-Ridge winning 58-40 in 2014 and Beaver Falls getting revenge with a thrilling 33-29 victory in 2015. The Tigers moved down from 3A to 2A this season and their ground game has dominated to the tune of 45.1 points per game (3rd in 2A). Defensively they have given up some points (17.3 points against per game), but a lot of it has come in garbage time after the games were already decided. Beaver Falls’ 15-point victory over Laurel is their only game that has been closer than 28 points. Beaver Falls’ dominant rushing attack is led by Syracuse-commit Josh Hough (1448 yards, 23 TDs) who is averaging over 18 yards per carry and is coming off a 210-yard 5-TD performance against Western Beaver. Hough is joined in the backfield by Shileak Livingston (862 yards, 15 TDs) and Tyler Jones (287 yards, 7 TDs) who both average over 9 yards per carry. Jaren Brickner has only thrown about 10 times per game because the rushing attack has been so good, but has put up solid numbers with 741 yards and 3 TDs. The top receivers have been Trey Singleton (292 yards, 2 TDs) and Quadir Thomas (196 yards, 1 TD).
Apollo-Ridge’s victory over Washington was just their 4th playoff victory all-time and this is their first trip to the WPIAL semifinals. Apollo-Ridge’s game against Serra Catholic, which would’ve decided the Allegheny Conference Champion, was cancelled because of a COVID situation at Serra. The Vikings enter the semifinal as 2A’s top scoring team (46.5 points per game) and the stingiest defense (9.3 points against per game). Last week the Vikings forced fumbles on Washington’s first 3 drives which they turned into a quick 21 points then cruised to a 42-6 victory. Apollo-Ridge has a balanced offensive attack between QB Jake Fello (991 yards, 14 TDs) and RB Logan Harmon (884 yards, 15 TDs). While Harmon has done the lions share of the work out of the backfield, Nick Curci (193 yards, 2 TDs) has been sprinkled in as a change-of-pace back. While Beaver Falls’ Josh Hough had a 210-yard 5 TD game in the first round, Harmon was the star for Apollo-Ridge, racking up 248 yards and 4 TDs in the win over Washington. On the outside, Jake Fello has two reliable receivers in Klay Fitzroy (602 yards, 6 TDs) and Keighton Reese (207 yards, 7 TDs).
3. Sto-Rox (7-1) vs 7. Serra Catholic (5-0)
While the other semifinal features two strong rushing attack this semifinal has two teams that can strike through the air from anywhere on the field. Both teams got first round scares with Sto-Rox falling behind Laurel 14-0 early before bouncing back to win 21-20. The Vikings rallied thanks to a big game from QB Austin Jones who threw for 281 yards and 1 TD and ran in the game-winning score with about 4 minutes left. Sto-Rox has yet to lose a game when they have taken the field, with their only loss coming by forfeit in Week 1. The Vikings are averaging 38.7 points per game (4th in 2A). Jones, who has thrown for 598 yards and 2 TDs and run for 198 yards and 4 TDs, played quarterback last week because Sto-Rox opted to move QB Josh Jenkins (1250 yards, 14 TDs) to wide receiver for the semifinal to fill in for an injured player. Jenkins responded by putting up 5 catches for 93 yards. Sto-Rox will throw the ball all over the field, regardless of who is quarterback, with the talented trio of Jaymont Green-Miller (646 yards, 9 TDs), Drevon Miller-Roxx (362 yards, 4 TDs), and Diontae Givens (197 yards, 5 TDs) on the outside. Leading rusher Zay Davis (461 yards) has also been a factor in the passing game (225 yards) and has scored 6 times.
Serra Catholic went unbeaten in the regular season but missed their last few games because of a COVID situation at their school. The WPIAL seeded them 7th against Interestate Conference Champion McGuffey who they battled to a tight 14-14 margin. With just seconds to play, Max Rocco hit Jayvon Holt for a 60-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles ahead for good 21-14. Rocco finished the night with 283 yards and 3 TDs, expanding his season total to 899 yards and 11 TDs. Serra was the highest-scoring team in 2A entering the playoffs but their 21 points last week brought down their average to 46 points per game, the second-highest in the classification. Terrell Booth (378 yards, 7 TDs) who scored twice last week and Jayvon Holt (338 yards, 6 TDs) are Rocco’s top targets in the passing game. On the ground, Machai Brooks-Dutrieulle (475 yards, 8 TDs) and Paul Pearson (238 yards, 5 TDs) have shared the workload in the backfield, with both players averaging over 8 yards per carry. Interestingly, neither of these teams has ever lost a semifinal game. Sto-Rox is 6-0 all-time after reaching the WPIAL final in 1A last year. Serra Catholic is 2-0 all-time, winning in the semis en route to their WPIAL titles in 1981 and 2007.
1. Clairton (7-0) vs 5. Shenango (7-1)
Clairton is the defending WPIAL Champions and have won 9 of the last 15 WPIAL titles dating back to 2008. This is Clairton’s 15th straight semifinal appearance while Shenango is in the semis for the first time since 1987 and has never made a WPIAL final. Clairton is the highest-scoring team in the entire WPIAL (54.1 points per game). The Bears were dominant in their first round game against OLSH, knocking out the Chargers for the second straight season. Dontae Sanders led the way on the ground with 428 yards and 6 TDs, the top rushing performance in the entire WPIAL. On the season Sanders has run for 1624 yards and 26 TDs. Clairton’s offensive line, led by Howard-commit Dametrius Weatherspoon has paved the way for Sanders and Isaiah Berry (457 yards, 9 TDs) all season with both averaging over 13 yards per carry. Jonte Sanders has been an efficient passer, throwing for 897 yards and 15 TDs, primarily to Brooklyn Cannon (483 yards, 10 TDs) and Andre Henderson (213 yards, 3 TDs).
Shenango has been a solid defensive team all season and jumped out to an early lead against California in the first round thanks to Ryan Lenhart scoring on a pick-six and a receiving touchdown. California battled back from a 21-7 deficit with 5 minutes to play, scoring two quick touchdowns to tie the game. With star RB/LB Reis Watkins limited by injury, the Wildcats turned to CJ Miller to lead the backfield. Miller ran for 2 TDs, including the game-winner with 54 seconds left. Watkins has been the catalyst for the offense all season, running for 1249 yards and 21 TDs. Miller has accounted for 430 yards of total offense between rushing and receiving and scored 5 times, none bigger than the game-winner last week. The aforementioned Ryan Lenhart (209 yards, 3 total TDs) has been the leading receiver for Wildcats QB Tino Campoli (624 yards, 6 TDs). Defensively both teams have allowed about 13 points per game and Shenango will need another tough performance on that side of the ball if they are going to slow down the “Buck Show” of Dontae Sanders and Clairton’s offense.
2. Rochester (7-1) vs 3. Jeannette (7-1)
This is the fourth playoff meeting in the last five years between these two schools. In 2016 Rochester ended a 3-year playoff drought but saw their season end in the semifinals with a 30-20 loss to Jeannette. The Jayhawks defeated Rochester 30-26 in the 2017 quarterfinals as Jeannette went on to win the WPIAL and PIAA titles. The following year, the Jayhawks were riding an unbeaten season and were the top seed in the 1A playoffs but were upset by Rochester 27-0 in the semifinals. These are two storied programs as Rochester has won 8 WPIAL titles and Jeannette has won 9. The Rams hold the edge in PIAA Championships 3-2. Both teams have reached the WPIAL Championship game 13 times in their school histories. Jeannette ranks second in 1A in both offense (48.8 points per game) and defense (12 points allowed per game). On the other side, Rochester has the top-ranked defense (11.6 points against per game) and an offense averaging 34.8 points per game (5th in 1A). Rochester’s only slip up this season was a 21-19 loss to Fort Cherry while Jeannette’s only loss came against Clairton.
Since moving down from AA to Class A in 2014, Jeannette is 72-3 against WPIAL teams not named “Clairton” but one of those 3 losses was the 2018 semifinal defeat by Rochester. These two teams have distinctly different offensive styles. Rochester is a run-heavy offense and uses the trio of Denny Robinson (883 yards, 12 TDs), Rashawn Reid (878 yards, 15 TDs), and Sal Laure (518 yards, 9 TDs). All three backs are averaging over 6 yards per carry. In the quarterfinal against Springdale, it was Reid who stole the show with over 200 yards and 3 TDs. Reid also had a 6 TD game earlier this year against OLSH. The Rams have rarely put the ball in the air this season, but when they do Jerome Mullins (161 yards, 3 TDs) has been the top receiver. On the other side, Jeannette freshman QB Brad Birch has taken the WPIAL by storm this season, throwing for 1457 yards and 24 TDs. Birch has spread the ball around to Toby Cline (479 yards, 10 TDs), his brother Brett Birch (392 yards, 7 TDs), James Sanders (378 yards, 9 TDs), and Kaelan Piscar (193 yards, 5 TDs). The talented Roberto Smith (558 yard, 15 TDs) has balanced the Jayhawks offensive attack, averaging 8.5 yards per carry. Rochester has not faced a team with a passing game like Jeannette’s yet this season and if the Rams are going to make it back to the WPIAL final for the second time in three years, they will need to control the clock with their running game to keep Jeannette’s high-powered offense off the field.