The WPIAL playoffs start tonight with 32 first-round games. The City League championship is tomorrow. That means it's time to put on the prognosticator's hat. All WPIAL games are tonight at 7:30 and the City League championship is tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Tonight's live blog will come to you from North Allegheny at Bethel Park, but we will also have updates of other games.
WPIAL CLASS AAAA
North Allegheny at Bethel Park - Bethel Park quarterback Levi Metheny reportedly has some kind of hand injury. Even if he plays, will Bethel Park win? I say North Allegheny doesn't have enough to win a fourth consecutive title, but the Tigers certainly have enough to advance. Winner: North Allegheny.
Penn Hills at Penn-Trafford - Someone named Penn is going to be in the quarterfinals. Coach John Ruane seems to have the Warriors peaking at the right time. Winner: Penn-Trafford.
North Hills at Gateway - North Hills can't score and Gateway seems to be reeling. So, who do you take? Winner: North Hills.
Other AAAA games - Upper St. Clair over Kiski Area; Woodland Hills over Pine-Richland; Seneca Valley over Hempfield; Central Catholic over Baldwin; McKeesport over Peters Township.
WPIAL CLASS AAA
Montour at Franklin Regional - Montour coach/AD Lou Cerro suspended five players for breaking team rules. Does Montour's season also break? Winner: Franklin Regional.
Moon at West Mifflin - A battle of the backs in this one. West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler (pictured) led the WPIAL in rushing. Moon's Cole Blake was fifth. I like Moon's offense but I have questions about the defense. Winner: West Mifflin.
New Castle at Highlands - Highlands has lost two in a row. New Castle seems to be playing well. I think the trends continue. Winner: New Castle.
Other AAA games - West Allegheny over Hollidaysburg; Ringgold over Indiana; Thomas Jefferson over Hampton' Central Valley over Belle Vernon; Mars over Elizabeth Forward.
WPIAL CLASS AA
Seton-LaSalle at Washington - With all the player eligibility issues behind them, Washington's Little Prexies can finally concentrate on just football. Winner: Washington
Yough at Kittanning - Between these two teams, there is one playoff victory. Kittanning won a postseason game in 1975. Yough will still be winless in the playoffs after this one. Winner: Kittanning.
Other AA games - Aliquippa over South Park; New Brighton over Quaker Valley; Mount Pleasant over Valley; Shady Side Academy over Beaver; South Fayette over Greensburg Central Catholic; Beaver Falls over Summit Academy.
WPIAL CLASS A
Laurel at Avonworth - I think Laurel is better than most people think. But Avonworth has been my sleeper team in Class A all season. Winner: Avonworth.
Apollo-Ridge at Beth-Center - The Tri-County South Conference just doesn't get any respect - and rightly so. The conference usually doesn't do anything come playoff time. But Beth-Center will carry the Tri-County South banner one more week.
Other Class A games - Sto-Rox over Avella; Clairton over Frazier; Fort Cherry over Carmichaels; Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic over Western Beaver; Monessen over West Shamokin; Neshannock over Brentwood.
University Prep vs. Allderdice - Perry showed last week that someone in the City League can control University Prep's offense. Perry lost by only 6-0. Allderdice has waited 46 years since its last City League title. Well, the Dragons will have to wait a little longer. Winner: University Prep.