In case you want some breakdown on the top top games in the WPIAL and City League this week, and in case you want to know what teams will win ... here goes:
WPIAL CLASS AAAA
North Allegheny at Erie McDowell, Friday - Why are so many people surprised Erie McDowell is 3-0 and crushed Seneca Valley last week? This has been a good program for years and has been in the state playoffs a number of times. Just because McDowell joined the WPIAL this year, people seem surprised the Trojans have done so well. McDowell runs the flexbone offense, like George Smith used to run at McKeesport. Can North Allegheny win a big game on the road two weeks in a row? Yes. Winner: North Allegheny.
Central Catholic at Woodland Hills, Friday - Woodland Hills is good enough to give Central a battle. Woodland Hills has plenty of talent. Woodland Hills' offense hasn't exactly been terrific, though. That will be the difference, along with Central Catholic's passing game with QB Perry Hills and WR Anthony Nixon (pictured to the left). Winner: Central Catholic.
Penn-Trafford at Gateway, Friday - First-year Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane goes against his old boss, Terry Smith. Ruane was a Gateway assistant for nine years. If P-T running back Manny Simpson has another big game, Warriors have a chance. Winner: Gateway.
WPIAL CLASS AAA
Greensburg Salem at Ringgold, Friday - Greensburg Salem averages 37 points a game and Ringgold 36. But I wonder if Greensburg Salem's defense is good enough to win? Go, Quad Law. Ringgold QB has best name of the season. Winner: Ringgold.
Hopewell at Mt. Lebanon, Friday - It will be interesting to see how all-everything Rushel Shell does against a Quad-A defense. Then again, will Hopewell rest him a little because this is a non-conference game? I say Shell will stretch his 100-yard rushing streak to 22 games, but Mt. Lebanon will win. Hopewell's defense is shaky. Winner: Mt. Lebanon.
Peters Township at West Mifflin, Friday - West Mifflin is an improved team with Ray Braszo back as coach. Peters just might be a little better. Winner: Peters Township.
Trinity at Chartiers Valley, Friday - - So, CV QB Wayne Capers is done for the season. Doesn't mean the rest of Char Valley's team is a bunch of stiffs. Winner: Chartiers Valley.
West Allegheny at Upper St. Clair, Friday - USC is a little banged up after last week's 27-0 loss to North Allegheny. Still a very interesting game to see how the No. 1 Class AAA team does against a pretty good AAAA team? Winner: Upper St. Clair.
WPIAL CLASS AA
Beaver at Ellwood City, Friday - Apparently some Ellwood City fans got upset last week when I made this comment: "Ellwood City in a big game? What's next, pigs flying?" Guess what, I saw some ham in the sky the other day near the New Castle area. The Wolverines are 3-0 and play 3-0 Beaver. Winner: Ellwood City.
Burrell at Freeport, Friday - Burrell's top two QBs were out with injuries last week and a sophomore comes in and throws for more than 300 yards. I'm hearing No. 1 QB Zach Middleby (pictured to the left handing off to Dan Domanski) might be back this week. Does it matter? Winner: Burrell.
WPIAL CLASS A
Sto-Rox at Rochester, Friday - Sto-Rox's offense seems to have sputtered a little in recent weeks. That's not good news because Rochester's defense is terrific. And the Rams rarely lose at home. Winner: Rochester.
Char-Houston at Clairton, Friday - I know Char-Houston is 3-0. And I know Clairton is 3-0. But these two teams aren't all that much alike. In other words, Clairton is on a different level. Winner: Clairton.
North Catholic at Riverview, Saturday - Riverview is 3-0 and is pretty good on those Saturday afternoons at Riverside Park. Winner: Riverview.
Schenley at Langley, Saturday - We put Langley in the No. 3 spot of the City League rankings this week. What's next, pigs flying? Sorry if I used that line already. I'd say this game is a tossup. Heads Schenley and tails Langley. It came up heads. Winner: Schenley.