A look ahead to the final weekend of the WPIAL regular season. Tonight's Game of the Week will be Clairton at Jeannette. For updates, follow @mwhiteburgh on Twitter. Brian Batko @BrianBatko will be at Mt. Lebanon at Bethel Park, and Brad Everett @BREAL412 at Beaver Falls-Beaver. But first ...
Neshannock's Frank Antuono is on the verge of putting himself in the WPIAL history books.
Antuono is a senior quarterback who needs only 103 yards passing in tonight's game to become what is believed to be the second player in WPIAL history to throw for 5,000 yards and rush for 2,000 in a career. The only other member of the select club is Sto-Rox's Lenny Williams, who played from 2010-13 and had 8,508 yards passing and 3,051 rushing.
Antuono has 4,897 yards passing and 2,362 rushing. He has completed 290 of 488 and thrown for 54 touchdowns. And Antuono has gotten just about all of his yardage in three seasons. He was a defensive lineman and backup QB as a freshman when he threw for 48 yards and ran for 135.
Even if Antuono doesn't get to 5,000 yards passing tonight, he will still have at least one playoff game.
Antuono, by the way, is a Robert Morris recruit.
Got a "dozen predictions to go" for lunch this time. Was 8-4 last week and season record is now 76-32 (.703 pct.).
CLAIRTON OVER JEANNETTE - Wow. Jeannette hasn't given up a point in six games and a touchdown in seven. Meanwhile, Clairton averages 55 points a game. Something will have to give. I say it will be Jeannette's undefeated record, although I can't see Clairton winning by a blowout in this one.
BEAVER OVER BEAVER FALLS - Beaver Falls is playing well. But Beaver has Darius Wise. Wise is the "X" factor in this one. If Beaver loses, should the headline be "Beaver falls to Beaver Falls?"
BETHEL PARK OVER MT. LEBANON - I like Mt. Lebanon's offense, but the defense has been suspect at times. Bethel Park could be a sleeper for the WPIAL playoffs.
OTHER TOP GAMES - North Allegheny over Pine-Richland. Thomas Jefferson over West Mifflin; Franklin Regional over Gateway; Blackhawk over Gateway; Keystone Oaks over Seton-LaSalle; Steel Valley over Brentwood; East Allegheny over Serra; Springdale over Greensburg Central Catholic; University Prep over Perry.
Where Are They Now?
In our Varsity Xtra section in today's Post-Gazette, we had a separate section of "Where Are They Now" as part of our legacy series. We plan to do this once a season (fall, winter and spring), checking up on some top athletes of yesteryear. It always seems that people like to read about what the stars are doing nowadays. Check out these stories:
At Washington High School, Brian Davis was the No. 1 high school football player in the country and was one of the greatest athletes ever in the WPIAL.
She is the Baltimore Ravens team doctor. But Leigh Curl was a tremendous basketball and softball player at North Hills High School who went on to a successful basketball career at UCONN.
She holds a number of jobs these days, including a TV sideline reporter. Above, Katie Miller talks with Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, who was attending a Western Carolina game this year. Earlier in the 2000s, Miller was the first three-time state champion in golf from the WPIAL.
He played at Ohio State and in the NFL for the Chicago Bears. But 45 years ago, Brian Baschnagel was the first running back in WPIAL history to run for 400 yards in a game while at North Allegheny.
As a senior at Mt. Lebanon, Vee Hightower was ranked one of the top 25 baseball players in the country, eventually went to Vanderbilt and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. But he also was recognized as one of the top soccer players in the country at Mt. Lebanon and was a standout basketball player.