High school football notebook: For some, playoff fate can be sealed with win
The playoff scenario is simple for a number of WPIAL teams.
Win and they're in.
“It's a lot nicer knowing you control your own destiny instead of counting on someone else to get you in there,” said Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel, whose team would secure the fourth spot in the Class A Black Hills Conference with a victory Friday night at California.
“We've talked about it all week,” he said. “We're treating this like a playoff game.”
The victory also would be win No. 100 for Kissel in 17 seasons at Brentwood.
Only nine playoffs spots remain unclaimed entering the final week, including the wild card spots in Class AAAA and AAA. Of the 64 playoff spots, 55 have been taken.
However, the Class AA Interstate landscape could change following Washington's pending appeal to the PIAA. Yough controls its own fate, unless Washington's five WPIAL-mandated forfeits are overturned.
The WPIAL pairings meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at the DoubleTree in Green Tree.
With a victory Friday, Peters Township and Baldwin in Class AAAA, Hampton, Indiana and Hollidaysburg in Class AAA, New Brighton in Class AA and Avella in Class A can plan to attend. With a loss, some will be left asking for help.
Ambridge, Blackhawk, California, Chartiers-Houston, Mapletown, Mohawk, Mt. Lebanon and Southmoreland have playoff hope, but their route isn't as simple.
City League rematches
The City League playoffs begin this week with two first-round matchups that coincidentally are rematches from Week 8 contests. Second-seeded Allderdice (4-4, 4-1) plays No. 3 Brashear (4-4, 3-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m. No. 1 USO (7-0, 5-0) will play No. 4 Perry (3-5, 2-3) on Friday. Allderdice was a 23-18 winner, and USO a 36-6 winner, last week.
The first-round winners play for the title at 1 p.m. Nov. 1.
The Quad East title will be decided Thursday night when No. 3 McKeesport (8-0, 7-0) visits No. 6 Gateway (7-1, 6-1) at Antimarino Stadium in Monroeville.
The 7 p.m. game will be televised live by Root Sports. Gateway has won the past two matchups with McKeesport.
Clairton's Wade out
Clairton freshman Lamont Wade, who has rushed for 638 yards and six touchdowns, likely will miss at least the next two weeks with an MCL injury. The Bears' leading rusher hurt his knee in a victory over Fort Cherry in Week 7 and re-injured it at practice last week.
No. 4 Clairton (7-1, 7-1) has not scheduled an opponent for this week after Imani Christian forfeited its season.
Erie McDowell still wants to rejoin WPIAL football next season, but it will be accepted only if Class AAAA needs another team.
A decision won't be made until after enrollment numbers for each classification are finalized.
The conferences will be realigned at the WPIAL football steering committee meeting Jan. 3.