By Mike White | Sunday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
The WPIAL has a football committee that decides playoff pairings and seedings. But I'm going to be a one-man committee.
Here are my top five seedings for each class and some first-round matchups that I would make. It's hard to come up with all of the first-round matchups because you never know what the WPIAL is thinking sometimes with games involving seeds 5 through 8.
Seeds - 1. Gateway. 2. Woodland Hills. 3. Bethel Park. 4. North Allegheny. 5. McKeesport.
Some first-round matchups - Gateway vs. Plum; Woodland Hills vs. Baldwin; Bethel Park vs. Penn-Trafford; North Allegheny vs. Latrobe; McKeesport vs. North Hills.
I think two second-place teams will be seeded No. 3 and No. 4 - and deservedly so.
Seeds - 1. Thomas Jefferson. 2. Hopewell. 3. Chartiers Valley. 4. West Allegheny. 5. This is where it gets interesting. You might want to pick Greensburg Salem as the No. 5 team, but the Lions play in the Keystone Conference and the Keystone is notoriously bad. The conference is 0-32 in the playoffs the past eight years. So, do you put Mars and Franklin Regional 5-6? They tied for first place in the Greater Allegheny. But I predict the WPIAL will go with Mars as the No. 5 seed.
Some first-round matchups -- Thomas Jefferson vs. Laurel Highlands; Hopewell vs. Derry; Chartiers Valley vs. Hampton; West Allegheny vs. either Trinity or Belle Vernon.
The interesting thing in this class is who should be the top seed? South Fayette? Mount Pleasant? Both are undefeated Mount Pleasant played in the Interstate Conference, which might be stronger than South Fayette's Century. Both are undefeated. Or do you put Center at No. 1? Yes, Center has a loss but the Trojans come from the toughest conference (Midwestern). I'll go with these seeds: 1. South Fayette. 2. Mount Pleasant. 3. Center. 4. Beaver Falls. 5 Shady Side Academy.
First-round matchups: Either South Fayette or Mount Pleasant vs. Kittanning. Center vs. Steel Valley. Either South Fayette or Mount Pleasant vs. Beaver. Beaver Falls vs. Washington; Shady Side Academy vs. Sto-Rox; Freeport vs. Greensburg Central Catholic; Keystone Oaks vs. Burrell; McGuffey vs. Aliquippa.
Top seeds - 1. Rochester. 2. Laurel. 3. Clairton. 4. North Catholic. 5. Monessen.
Some first-round matchups - Rochester vs. Carmichaels; Laurel vs. Burgettstown; Clairton vs. South Side Beaver; North Catholic vs. Jefferson-Morgan; Monessen vs. Springdale.
First-round matchups: South Fayette vs. Kittanning.