Below is a look at Week 6 of the high school football season. Tonight's Post-Gazette game of the week is Aliquippa at Clairton. I'll be there and you can follow @mwhiteburgh on Twitter for updates. Follow @BrianBatko for updates from West Allegheny-Upper St. Clair. For all games in the WPIAL, follow @PGVarsityXtra. If you have a score, picture or update, tweet with #wpial and send to @PGVarsityXtra
Cummings to Bowling Green
Before we get to some football stuff, some news on the basketball recruiting front. Lincoln Park senior guard Nelly Cummings, one of the top players in the WPIAL, announced on Twitter that he had made a verbal commitment to Bowling Green of the Mid-American Conference.
Cummings chose Bowling Green over Brown, Dartmouth, High Point, Temple and Bucknell.
Cummings (pictured), who stands 5 feet 11, was a member of the Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 a year ago after averaging 23.3 points a game. He has 1,521 career points.
If you don't have a ticket to tonight's Aliquippa-Clairton game, don't go to the game expecting to buy one at the gate. It will most likely be a sellout.
Clairton stopped selling tickets days ago. Aliquippa was going to sell a limited number of tickets today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Aliquippa does not expect to have any left to give back to Clairton.
Tonight's game will be televised live by WPNT Channel 22. It might be a madhouse, but should be a terrific atmosphere.
Take a look at our football statistical web site for all teams in the WPIAL and City League. Find the leaders in various stat categories. Of course, provided teams supply their stats. Cooperation isn't great from some schools.
Dozen predictions to go
The nice lady at the bakery just pulled a fresh dozen predictions off the shelf for a to-go order. Last week was 9-3. Season record is now 51-21 (.718 pct.)
Here we go:
ALIQUIPPA OVER CLAIRTON - If you have a ticket, I'd suggest getting there early. Yes, it's only a non-conference game, but I don't remember a regular-season game getting this much buildup. One big key: Aliquippa better stop big plays by Clairton RB Lamont Wade and QB Noah Hamlin. Another big key: Can Clairton stop Aliquippa from controlling the game with its running. In the end, I like the Quips.
UPPER ST. CLAIR OVER WEST ALLEGHENY - These two used to play each other in a scrimmage. Now, they're in the same conference. What a coaching matchup, Jim Render vs. Bob Palko. I wonder a little about USC after it struggled to beat Chartiers Valley last week. Thomas Vissman didn't play, though, because of an injury. His health and productivity will be a key in this one.
MOUNT PLEASANT OVER DERRY - Derry is one of the feel-good stories this season, off to their best start since the 1980s. I remember covering a Derry at Mount Pleasant game in the early 1980s, when this game was always big. Now it's big again. It would not be a surprise if Derry won this game, but the Trojans still have to prove themselves.
OTHER TOP GAMES - Thomas Jefferson over Mars; Penn-Trafford over Franklin Regional; Apollo-Ridge over Freeport; Neshannock over Riverside; Bethel Park over Seneca Valley; Mt. Lebanon over Norwin; Woodland Hills over North Hills; South Fayette over New Castle; Rochester over OLSH.
Xtra, Xtra read all about it
*** Howie Reid was shot in the foot a few years ago in a drive-by shooting. Now he's racking up yardage for West Mifflin. Check out Brian Batko's profile piece of Reid in today's Varsity Xtra section.
*** There is a future Division I basketball player at , of all places, Southmoreland. Check out my notes column in today's Varsity Xtra.
*** D.J. Opsatnik keeps getting his kicks with West Allegheny - and lots of them. He has 27 field goals, eight away from the WPIAL record. Joe Bendel profiles "bigfoot." (Photo above was by P-G's Michael Henninger)