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| Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008

CLASS AAAA

QUAD EAST CONFERENCE

No. 8 Central Catholic (4-2, 1-1) at Plum (0-6, 0-2)

7 p.m. Friday

Central Catholic played in a different conference last season, but these teams met in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs, and Central Catholic cruised to a 45-0 win. The Vikings were upset by Penn Hills, 30-7, last Thursday night in game televised on FSN. ... Plum has scored only 24 points, which is the second lowest total in the WPIAL behind Connellsville (21).

No. 9 Fox Chapel (4-2, 2-0) at Woodland Hills (2-4, 1-1)

7 p.m. Friday

Fox Chapel is off to a 2-0 start in conference play for the first time since 1997, when the Foxes reached the WPIAL semifinals. Last season, Fox Chapel lost a heart-breaker in the final seconds to Woodland Hills, 16-10. Last week, Fox Chapel senior running back Lamont White rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown in a 20-3 win at Plum. ... Three of Woodland Hills' losses are to ranked teams -- Bethel Park (No. 3), Canon-McMillan (No. 6) and Central Catholic (No. 8). The Wolverines also lost their season opener to Justin Northwest, Texas, at Texas Stadium in Dallas.

Kiski Area (0-6, 0-2) at No. 7 Penn Hills (3-3, 2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Kiski Area dropped a 40-26 decision to Penn Hills last season. This year, Kiski Area had suffered a series of relatively close losses before being defeated by Woodland Hills, 41-0, last week. That was the first time the Cavaliers were shut out this season. ... Penn Hills upset Central Catholic, 30-7, last Thursday in a game televised on FSN and has climbed to No. 7 in the rankings.

CLASS AAA

GREATER ALLEGHENY CONFERENCE

Indiana (4-2, 0-2) at Knoch (2-4, 1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Indiana edged Knoch, 28-27, last season, although Knoch eventually advanced to the WPIAL semifinals. ... After a rough start this season, Knoch has rebounded the last two weeks. The Knights beat Hampton, 21-16, last week and were edged by Franklin Regional, 13-10, the week before. Knoch would take a big step toward its second consecutive WPIAL playoff berth with a win this week. Knoch senior running back Tim McNerney rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown last week.

CLASS AA

ALLEGHENY CONFERENCE

No. 7 Ford City (5-1, 5-1) at Apollo-Ridge (2-4, 2-4)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Ford City's conference winning streak was stopped at 23 when the Sabers lost to Shady Side Academy, 22-0, last week. That was the first time Ford City was shut out since losing to South Park, 31-0, in the 2005 WPIAL semifinals. Ford City last played Apollo-Ridge in 2003, and the Sabers won, 34-7. ... Apollo-Ridge was in Class A from 2004-07. The Vikings are looking to get back on track after losing their last four games.

Freeport (3-3, 3-3) at West Shamokin (0-6, 0-6)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Freeport rolled past West Shamokin, 26-0, last season. Since the teams became members of the same conference in 2004, Freeport is 4-0 against West Shamokin and has out-scored the Wolves by a combined score of 169-37. Freeport is looking to end a two-game losing streak. ... West Shamokin has dropped its last 12 contests. The Wolves have not scored more than 14 points in a game this season.

Kittanning (3-3, 3-3) at Burrell (3-3, 3-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday

This is a crucial game for the WPIAL playoff chances of both teams. Kittanning has won the last two meetings and defeated Burrell, 28-14, last season. In its first three games this year, Kittanning scored a total of 14 points. In its last three outings, Kittanning has piled up 144 points. ... Burrell is the second highest scoring team in the conference. The Bucs average 30.3 points per game. First-place Shady Side Academy averages 33.2. The all-time series is tied, 11-11-1.

Deer Lakes (2-4, 2-4) at Summit Academy (1-5, 1-5)

12:30 p.m. Saturday

Deer Lakes will play Summit Academy for the first time. Summit Academy was in a different Class AA conference last season. Deer Lakes scored 35 points in a loss to Kittanning last week. In its five previous games, the Lancers had scored a total of 42 points. ... Summit Academy broke through for its first win of the season by beating West Shamokin, 27-6, last week.

CLASS A

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Brentwood (2-4, 2-2) at Springdale (3-3, 3-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Springdale edged Brentwood, 7-0, in the 2003 conference opener -- the last time the teams played. Springdale senior running back Adam Shepherd has 901 rushing yards and is looking to become only the fourth different running back in school history to reach 1,000 yards on the ground. The others were Dave Mator (2002), Wayne Mundekis (2003-05) and John McCauley (2006). ... Brentwood was a member of Class AA from 2004-07. The Spartans have won their last two games.

Leechburg (0-6, 0-4) at No. 3 Avonworth (6-0, 4-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Leechburg last played Avonworth in a non-conference game to open the 2001 season and won, 28-17. ... Avonworth was moved into the Eastern Conference this season. The Antelopes are a team on the rise, winning at Springdale, 22-21, two weeks ago.

No. 6 North Catholic (5-1, 3-1) at Riverview (3-3, 3-1)

Noon Saturday

North Catholic's only loss was a 14-7 decision at Springdale in Week 3. ... Riverview has never played North Catholic in football. Riverview suffered its first conference loss at Brentwood, 25-13, last week. The Raiders will finish the regular season with games against North Catholic, Avonworth and Springdale, which have a combined record of 14-4. It's likely Riverview will need to beat at least one of those teams to make the WPIAL playoffs.

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