Lights Out: Playoff picture

Written by Nick Veronica on .

[Friday night scoreboard]

Every spot in the WPIAL football playoffs has been secured.

Before we get to the rundown, a few reminders:

  • In Class AAAA and AAA, the top five teams in each conference make the playoffs, as well as one wild card.
  • In Class AA and A, the top four teams in each conference get in.
  • Tiebreaking procedures are complicated. I included a refresher from Tuesday's paper at the end of the post, if you're interested (or click here if you can't wait).
  • Only one Saturday game was playoff implications, and it's just for seeding. If Summit Academy beats Freeport, Summit is third in the Class AA Allegheny Conference and Valley is fourth. If Summit loses, Valley is third and Summit is fourth.
  • The WPIAL will announce matchups Monday night.

2013 WPIAL football playoff teams:

Class AAAA

Foothills Conference – McKeesport first, Penn-Trafford second, Gateway third, Hempfield fourth, Kiski Area fifth. Gateway gets a home game in the first round.

Northern Eight – Central Catholic first, Seneca Valley second, North Allegheny third, North Hills fourth, Pine-Richland fifth.

Southeastern – Upper St. Clair first, Woodland Hills second, Bethel Park third, Penn Hills fourth, Peters Township fifth and Baldwin qualifies as the sixth-place "wild-card" team. Bethel Park gets a home game in the first round.

Class AAA

Big Nine – Thomas Jefferson first, West Mifflin second, Ringgold third, Elizabeth Forward fourth, Belle Vernon fifth. Ringgold gets a home game in the first round.

Greater Allegheny – Franklin Regional first, Mars second, Highlands third, Indiana fourth, Hollidaysburg fifth and Hampton qualifies as the sixth-place "wild-card" team. Highlands gets a home game in the first round.

Parkway – West Allegheny first, Central Valley second, New Castle third, Moon fourth, Montour fifth.

Class AA

Allegheny – Kittanning first, Shady Side Academy second. If Summit Academy beats Freeport today, Summit is third and Valley fourth. If Summit loses, Valley is third and Summit fourth.
[UPDATE: Summit Academy beat Freeport 38-20. Summit takes third and Valley is fourth.]

Midwestern – Aliquippa is first, Beaver Falls second, New Brighton third, Beaver fourth.

Interstate – Mount Pleasant first, Washington second, Yough third, Greensburg Central Catholic fourth.

Century – South Fayette is first, Quaker Valley second, Seton-LaSalle third, South Park fourth.

Class A

Big Seven – Sto-Rox first, Neshannock second, Laurel third, Western Beaver fourth.

Black Hills – Monessen first, Clairton second, Fort Cherry third, Brentwood fourth.

Eastern – North Catholic first, Avonworth second, Apollo-Ridge third, West Shamokin fourth.

Tri-County South – Beth-Center first, Carmichaels second, Frazier third, Avella fourth.

City League

University Prep will play Allderice in the City League championship next week. USO beat Perry 8-0 Friday after Allderdice beat Brashear 14-10 on Thursday.

Out of the playoffs?

Teams that missed the playoffs have the option to add a final game to their schedule. Several have been updated to our day-by-day schedule page (all played before Friday). Coaches, if your team has a game scheduled that we don't have listed, please call our sports department with the information.

Games of the week

  • If you thought stopping Jimmy Wheeler couldn't be done, you obviously hadn't checked with Thomas Jefferson. Needing 142 yards to break the WPIAL regular-season rushing record, Wheeler was held to 13 yards on 11 carries as No. 1 Thomas Jefferson rolled to a 35-0 rout of No. 3 West Mifflin. Read Mike White's live blog for more.
  • Hempfield and Penn-Trafford entered Friday 5-2 in the Class AAAA Foothills Conference. In a battle for seeding, Penn-Trafford won 42-14 and was able to jump all the way up to second in the conference (with an assist to McKeesport for beating Gateway Thursday). Check out @CraigMeyerPG's Twitter for more.
  • Kittanning and Shady Side Academy were battling for playoff seeding as well in Class AA, and both entered Friday undefeated. But an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after a late touchdown forced Shady Side into a very long extra point, which it couldn't convert. Kittanning won 28-27. Check Brad Everett (@BREAL412)'s feed for more.

Odds and ends

  • High score: Elizabeth Forward 60, Greensburg Salem 14.
  • Shutouts: 12.
  • OT games: none reported.

Rankings Report

How teams new to the rankings fared

Seneca Valley (AAAA) beat Fox Chapel 36-7
Fort Cherry (A) beat Chartiers-Houston 33-26.

How teams that fell out of the rankings responded

Gateway (AAAA) lost to No. 3 McKeesport 49-12 (Thursday)
Neshannock (A) beat Union 49-7.

Full results from ranked teams:

Class AAAA (records entering Week Nine)

1) Upper St. Clair (8-0) beat Mt. Lebanon 35-7.
2) Central Catholic (8-0) beat Butler 55-0.
3) McKeesport (8-0) beat Gateway 49-12 (Thursday).
4) Seneca Valley (7-1) beat Fox Chapel 36-7.
5) Woodland Hills (6-2) beat Penn Hills 19-7.

Class AAA

1) Thomas Jefferson (8-0) beat No. 3 West Mifflin 35-0.
2) West Allegheny (8-0) beat Chartiers Valley 49-0.
3) West Mifflin (8-0) lost at home to No. 1 Thomas Jefferson 35-0.
4) Central Valley (7-1) beat Beaver Falls 42-13.
5) Mars (7-1) beat Hampton 42-20.

Class AA

1) Aliquippa (8-0) beat Beaver 50-13.
2) South Fayette (8-0) beat South Allegheny 42-0.
3) Beaver Falls (7-1) lost at Class AAA No. 4 Central Valley 42-13.
4) Mount Pleasant (8-0) beat East Allegheny 55-23.
5) Shady Side Academy (8-0) lost to undefeated Kittanning 28-27.

Class A

1) Sto-Rox (8-0) beat Rochester 54-7.
2) North Catholic (8-0) beat Leechburg 35-14.
3) Clairton (7-1) didn't play this week.
4) Monessen (7-1) beat Carlynton 42-13.
5) Fort Cherry (7-1) Chartiers-Houston 33-26.

WPIAL tiebreakers...

From Tuesday's Post-Gazette. Click to here for a larger view



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