It’s November here in Western Pennsylvania, and with Pitt football and the Pittsburgh Steelers flowing deep into their seasons, high school football is headed for the playoffs, where six classifications will be vying for WPIAL Championship glory, and a berth in the PIAA State playoffs in December.
Each week up until the state finals, Mike Drakulich, who covers Pitt football and the Pittsburgh Steelers for NGSC Sports (@PghSportsNation) will predict the winners of each round.
Feel free to “beat the expert” and leave your comments on who you think will win weekly!
Last week went pretty much according to script, as yours truly went 19-3 for the week, one loss being the monumental upset by OLSH over Class A favorite Clairton!
This week we feature the Class 6A Championship game between Mount Lebanon and Central Catholic, which sadly will be played Saturday night at Norwin instead of Heinz Field. Perhaps many of the people that will watch Pitt take the ACC Coastal title vs Virginia earlier that day at Heinz will make the trip to watch what will be one heckuva battle.
Classes 1A through 5A will all battle for the right to advance to the WPIAL Championships at Heinz Field on November 27th (1A/2A) and 28th (3A-5A).
Saturday, November 20th, at 7:00 PM
WPIAL Class 6A Championship Game
At Norwin HS
#1 Mount Lebanon (11-0) vs #2 Central Catholic (9-2)
- The Pick: Mount Lebanon Blue Devils
All games are played on Friday, November 19th, at 7:00 PM.
WPIAL Class 5A Semi-Finals
At North Allegheny HS
#1 Moon (11-0) vs #5 Penn Hills (8-3)
- The Pick: Moon Tigers
At Gateway HS
#2 Penn-Trafford (9-2) vs #3 Pine-Richland (7-4)
- The Pick: Penn-Trafford Warriors
WPIAL Class 4A Semi-Finals
At West Mifflin HS
#1 Belle Vernon (9-0) vs #5 Thomas Jefferson (8-2)
- The Pick: Belle Vernon Leopards
At Cannon-McMillan HS
#2 Aliquippa (9-1) vs #3 McKeesport (9-2)
- The Pick: Aliquippa Quips
WPIAL Class 3A Semi-Finals
At West Allegheny HS
#1 Central Valley (11-0) vs #4 Elizabeth Forward (9-2)
- The Pick: Central Valley Warriors
At Fox Chapel HS
#2 North Catholic (11-0) vs #3 Avonworth (9-2)
- The Pick: North Catholic Trojans
WPIAL Class 2A Semi-Finals
At Dormont Stadium
#1 Steel Valley (11-0) vs #5 Beaver Falls (8-3)
- The Pick: Beaver Falls Tigers
At South Fayette HS
#2 Sto-Rox (12-0) vs #6 Serra Catholic (12-1)
- The Pick: Sto-Rox Vikings
WPIAL Class 1A Semi-Finals
At North Hills HS
#5 Rochester (9-2) vs #9 OLSH (8-3)
- The Pick: Rochester Rams
At Montour HS
#2 Cornell (9-2) vs #4 Bishop Canevin (11-1)
- The Pick: Cornell Raiders
Last Week: 19-3
Overall: 38-13 (.745)
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