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| Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

CLASS AAAA

WPIAL playoffs first round

Fox Chapel (4-5) at North Hills (8-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Foxes are in the playoffs for the eighth time in school history and the first time since 2002 when they lost an opening round game at North Hills, 27-12. ... North Hills leads Foxes, 14-5-1 in the all-time series between the schools which dates to 1962. ... Fox Chapel last defeated the Indians 14-0 in 1978. ... First WPIAL playoff appearance for Foxes coach Bryan Deal, in his fourth season....North Hills, a perennial WPIAL power, has won four WPIAL titles (1982, '86, '87, '93) all under coach Jack McCurry. ... McCurry is now the sixth-winningest coach in WPIAL history with 254 victories. ... A win Friday would tie him with Pete Antimarino (Gateway/Pitcairn) for fifth on the all-time list.

CLASS AAA

WPIAL playoffs first round

Laurel Highlands (4-5) at Highlands (9-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Highlands is seeded No. 2 for first time in school history. ... Highlands was 9-0 in 1998 and 7-0-2 in 1976. ... Golden Rams are in the WPIAL playoffs for 16th time with an all-time record of 6-15. ... Two schools have met just twice in the past, with Highlands winning 28-6 in 1982 and 12-0 in '83. ... Mustangs finished fourth in the Keystone Conference....Keystone Conference teams have gone 0-28 in the playoffs over the last seven seasons....Highlands has made semifinals once (2001) and won at Blackhawk last year, 21-19, in playoff opener before falling to Knoch in quarterfinals. ... Laurel Highlands was blasted, 56-7, by eventual WPIAL champion Thomas Jefferson in opening round last season

CLASS AA

WPIAL playoffs first round

Keystone Oaks (8-1) at Ford City (8-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Sabers are starting the playoffs at home for the third consecutive season. ... Ford City, is in the playoffs for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. ... Defeated Laurel, 41-14, in last season's first round before losing to Riverside. ... Sabers are 7-7 in WPIAL playoff games. ... Keystone Oaks finished third in Century Conference, but went into Week 9 in first place, lost to Seton-La Salle and fell to third place when Sto-Rox had more WPIAL tiebreaker points in the margins of victories and losses criteria. ... Golden Eagles dropped to Class AA this year for the first time after playing many years in Class AAA. ... Keystone Oaks lost Class AAA playoff opener last season to Pine-Richland, 57-7.

WPIAL playoffs first round

Freeport (6-3) at Greensburg Central Catholic (9-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Freeport returns to the WPIAL playoffs for the 22nd time. ... Yellowjackets last made the playoffs in 2003, dropping a 34-18 decision to Riverside. ... Freeport has an all-time record of 12-21 in WPIAL playoff games. ... Two schools last met in 1993 where GCC recorded a 27-14 victory, Freeport had won previous five games against Centurions....GCC was eliminated by Beaver Falls, 35-14, in the opening round last season after reaching the WPIAL finals the two previous seasons, losing to Jeannette in 2006 and South Park in '05. ... Centurions ended Jeannette's 24-game winning streak, longest in the state, last Saturday night, earning a No. 2 seed in tournament.

CLASS AAAA

Non-conference

Kiski Area (1-8) at Norwin (2-7), 7 p.m. today

Both schools were rivals in the original Foothills Conference, playing each other 22 consecutive seasons (1962-83). ... Kiski Area leads the all-time series, 18-6. ... Last game was in 2001 where the Cavaliers recorded a 27-15 victory. ... Kiski Area avoided a winless season with a 35-0 victory over Plum last Friday. ... Schedule has been one of the toughest in school history - seven of the nine previous Kiski Area opponents are in the playoffs. ... Scoreboard operator at Knights Stadium.

Latrobe (3-6) at Plum (0-9), 7 p.m. today

Plum will try to avoid its first winless season since 1988. ... Mustangs have lost their last three games by identical score of 35-0. ... Schools have played nine times in the past, with the Mustangs holding a 5-4 edge. ... Latrobe was in the running for the WPIAL playoffs going into last week's game at Hempfield, but the Wildcats lost, 24-14. ... This is the 40th anniversary of Latrobe's only WPIAL championship, a 19-7 title game victory over Kiski Area in what was the last high school game ever played at Forbes Field.

CLASS A

Non-conference

Riverview (3-6) at Burgettstown (2-7), 7 p.m. today

Both teams have been riddled with injuries this season. ... The two schools split a two-game series in 2002-03. ... Blue Devils started season at 0-4, but have won three of their last five contests. ... Raiders will have to stop sophomore quarterback Dylan Bongiorni, who has passed for over 1,100 yards this season. ... Both schools made first round exits last season, with the Raiders losing to eventual WPIAL champion Serra Catholic, 42-0, while Burgettstown, then a Class AA school, was on the wrong end of a 36-0 decision at Aliquippa. ... If Jeff Scampone plays tonight, it will be the final game for the youngest of three Riverview brothers. He was preceded by Gino and Greg. ... Burgettstown first sponsored football in 1911.

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