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WPIAL playoffs have been tough on teams from Allegheny, Tri-County South

By Chris Harlan
There’s one sure way to fix the reputation of the Tri-County South, said coaches from the Class A conference. “You’ve got to win some ball …

Statewide HSFB notebook: Pope John Paul II football player continues comeback
By Staff Reports 7:12 p.m.
With just one victory in nine tries, the Pope John Paul II football team has obviously struggled on the field this fall. That adversity, however, pales in comparison to what Golden Panthers’ senior linebacker Tyler Nugent has had to deal with off the field for the past few years. In …
Gorman: For Bethel Park, the worst road trip in WPIAL playoffs
By Kevin Gorman
Two hundred miles separate Bethel Park from the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals. That’s the round-trip distance it will travel Friday to play at Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium in what has to be the worst road trip of the WPIAL playoffs. Believe it or not, Altoona’s trip to a WPIAL playoff …
Unfamiliar schemes a challenge for Mars, Montour coaches
By Bill West
Mars coach Scott Heinauer and Montour coach Lou Cerro both spoke as if they’d studied film footage from an alien encounter rather than reviewed each …
Franklin Regional prepares for new look Belle Vernon
By Paul Schofield
When Franklin Regional opened the season with a loss at Knoch, coach Greg Botta thought his team was in trouble. After graduating 20 players from …
Apollo-Ridge, Beaver Falls bracing for Class AA shootout
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Watch enough Allegheny Conference football, and you’ll see its style of play is consistent and rather simplistic: Kick it short on a squib or out …
Previewing some of Western Pa.’s top WPIAL first-round matchups
By Staff Reports
Class AAAA 15-Fox Chapel (4-5) at 2-Penn-Trafford (9-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday Winner gets: No. 7 North Allegheny (7-2) or No. 10 Upper St. Clair (4-5). …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Penn Hills’ Billy Kisner
By Bill West
He started playing football later than many of his peers, but Penn Hills’ Billy Kisner grasped how to lead and energize an offense so naturally …
Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Laurel Highlands’ Dominic Galderisi
By Bill West
Laurel Highlands senior Dominic Galderisi considered himself fortunate to even step on the field for the Mustangs this fall, let alone to help propel the …
H.S. Picks hunting for perfect costume
By H.s. Picks
This is the best time of the year for H.S. Picks, the Tribune-Review’s high school football prognosticator. Picks loves Halloween, and he’s been busy deciding what costume he’s going to wear Friday for the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. Picks, who is trying to avoid candy this holiday, was …
High school football notebook: Hampton, New Castle bringing rivalry outside
By Chris Harlan
New Castle and Hampton can’t seem to avoid one another. But now their basketball rivalry has transitioned to football. “I had an inkling the WPIAL …
Kittanning football team hopes to prolong history, pull upset of Aliquippa
By Matt Grubba
An upset victim in the playoffs a year ago, Kittanning finds itself in a position where it needs a huge upset to continue its season …
Leader Times Q&A: West Shamokin’s Zac Horner
By Matt Grubba
When Zac Horner and his fellow seniors step off the field for the final time Friday at Curwensville, they will do so as the winningest …
The Leader: Week 10 offers lots of treats
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 7-0 (1.000) Season: 50-11 (.820) It’s Halloween on Friday, but it’s also playoff time, and The Leader prefers the tricks and treats that …
Connellsville coach McDonald looks forward to facing top seed Pine-Richland
By Jason Black
Finishing the regular season with just three wins was not what the Connellsville football team was hoping for in 2014. However, the Falcons were hoping …
McKeesport preparing for banged-up Mt. Lebanon in 1st round
By Dave Mackall
When the WPIAL announced its postseason football brackets this week, some coaches were surprised to learn of their first-round opponent and some weren’t. Then, there …
Daily News Q&A: Steel Valley’s Tyrone Freeman
By Dave Mackall
Those long walks to and from school seem to have limbered up Tyrone Freeman, Steel Valley’s first-year quarterback who has helped to lead the Ironmen …
Daily Courier Q&A: Laurel Highlands’ Tyler Slavic
By Jason Black
Senior Tyler Slavic has been one of the staples on the Laurel Highlands offensive line this season. He is a standout at center and helped …
DC Picks: Picks pumped up for playoffs
By Tribune-Review
Last week: 5-0 Overall: 43-9 After two straight weeks of perfect picks, DC Picks is primed for a deep run into the playoffs. DC Picks believes he is peaking at the right time and hopes the same is true for the Falcons, Vikings, Commodores and Mustangs as they begin play …
Scouting Franklin Regional, S.S. Beaver
By Jeff Oliver
Belle Vernon Area will hit the road and Frazier will be home when the WPIAL football playoffs kick off Friday. In Class AAA, BVA (5-4) …
Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Highlands’ Nathan McKinney
By Doug Gulasy
Nathan McKinney began lifting weights when he was in the seventh grade, but he didn’t participate in his first competition until last year. The years …
Birdie explains why he was wrong
By The Birdie
While the decision to go trick-or-treating or fly over some A-K Valley playoff games was an easy one for the Birdie because some area districts altered their goodie-grabbing schedules, he had a tougher time deciding whether to point out his off-kilter predictions for some teams and risk embarrassment. In the …
Oliver: Why 7:30 p.m. starting time for playoffs?
By Jeff Oliver
The general consensus is that the WPIAL works for the betterment of all of its member schools. Sometimes I wonder. For example, there are 14 conferences in the WPIAL’s four football classifications — three each in AAAA and AAA and four each in AA and A. Of those 14 conferences, …
Ringgold not taking Gateway lightly in opening round
By Jeff Oliver
Don’t tell Ringgold football coach Nick Milchovich his team is a heavy favorite going into Friday’s WPIAL Class AAA first round playoff game against Gateway. …
Gateway ready for new opportunity in playoffs
By Michael Love
After three games this season, the Gateway football team was at a crossroads. The Gators were 0-3 overall and had started 0-2 in the Greater …
Franklin Regional, Belle Vernon to clash in first round
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional football team’s mission was pretty cut and dry Friday evening. A win over Gateway would secure second place in the Greater Allegheny …
Plum begins Quad-A playoffs with familiar foe in Penn Hills
By Michael Love
Plum head football coach Matt Morgan knows what it’s like to beat Penn Hills in the WPIAL playoffs. As a sophomore lineman in 1996, he …
Horvath: Playoffs don’t define Quaker Valley football season
By Gary Horvath 7:40 p.m.
When the schedules for the 2014 WPIAL football season were released in June, the Week 9 matchup between South Fayette — the reigning WPIAL and …
Jeannette shuts out GCC, begin playoffs as 6th seed
By Dave Moio
Talk about taking care of business. The Jeannette Jayhawks certainly did that last Friday against the Class A Eastern Conference rival — make that arch-rival …
Thomas Jefferson football team enters WPIAL Class AAA playoffs as No. 2 seed
By Ray Fisher
The Big Nine Conference champion Thomas Jefferson football team has strung together three consecutive undefeated regular seasons. The Jaguars socked rival West Mifflin last week …
Brentwood takes 4-game winning streak into WPIAL playoffs
By Ray Fisher
Brentwood junior running back Pat Carr is primed for the WPIAL Class AA football playoffs. The 11th-seed Spartans (6-3) play at 7:30 p.m Friday at No. 6 Jeannette (8-1) in a WPIAL Class A first-round game. Carr motored to 820 yards and nine touchdowns in the Spartans’ final four games …
Pine-Richland earns some respect as No. 1 seed in Class AAAA
By Chris Harlan
In its search for WPIAL respect, Pine-Richland received the ultimate compliment. “We’re the team to beat,” said Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz, whose team was awarded …
Breaking down the WPIAL football playoffs
By Chris Harlan
Here’s a look at each classification in advance of the start of the WPIAL football playoffs Friday night. Class AAAA Favorite: Pine-Richland hasn’t won a …
Gorman: With WPIAL seeding, don’t sleep on No. 2s
By Kevin Gorman
The big question before the WPIAL playoff pairings meeting was over the top two seeds in the bottom two classes. Would the WPIAL give the No. 1 seeds to defending PIAA champions South Fayette in Class AA and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in Class A? Or would it reward the …
Penn-Trafford earns No. 2 seed, will play Fox Chapel in 1st round of WPIAL playoffs
By Paul Schofield
Undefeated Penn-Trafford was rewarded the No. 2 seed by the WPIAL football committee Monday at the annual pairings meeting. The WPIAL announced the first-round pairings …
Allegheny Conference teams get clean slate in WPIAL football playoffs
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Past struggles had no effect on the Allegheny Conference playoff draw after all. In fact, the WPIAL didn’t consider that the conference hasn’t won a …