A look at today's four WPIAL championship games:
WEST ALLEGHENY 16, CENTRAL VALLEY 6
And West Allegheny coach Bob Palko rolls a seven.
Palko became the first coach in WPIAL history to win seven titles "outright" as West Allegheny wins the Class AAA title. Phil Bridenbaugh won seven at New Castle, but one was a co-championship.
West Allegheny got three field goals from freshman kicker D.J. Opsatnik from 30, 32 and 24 yards. He came into the game with six field goals for the season. The other score for West Allegheny came on a 3-yard run from Tory Delmonico.
Central Valley took a 6-0 lead in the second quarter on Preston Johnson's 1-yard TD run. But Central Valley couldn't do anything offensively the rest of the game.
West Allegheny held Central Valley to 177 total yards, including 106 rushing.
West Allegheny finished with 278 total yards. Delmonico led with 82 yards rushing on 21 carries.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 27, WOODLAND HILLS 7
Central Catholic's defense was outstanding and the Vikings won a WPIAL Class AAAA title for the second time under coach Terry Totten. Central Catholic held Woodland Hills to 141 total yards and only 85 rushing.
Central Catholic led at halftime, 20-0. Although Woodland Hills scored on the first possession of the second half, Central Catholic was never seriously threatened. Luigi Lista-Brinza's 4-yard run with 8:57 to go in the game gave the Vikings some more cushion.
The game included one of the strangest plays I've ever seen in any football game. In the second quarter, Central Catholic was punting from its own 41. Riley Redman's punt went off the side of his foot and went sideways. It hit and bounced backward. Graham Adomitis of Central Catholic went and picked up the ball and stopped. Everybody else stopped, too, for about three seconds.
Adomitis thought he was downing the ball. But assistant coach Rick Capretta ran up the sidelines yelling "run" to Adomitis. Because the ball was behind the line of scrimmage, Central Catholic could pick it up and run. So Adomitis finally did and he ran 66 yards for a touchdown.
"I didn't know the rule," Adomitis said later with a laugh.
(The photo is from the P-G's Pam Panchak and shows Adomitis, No. 12, celebrating in the end zone).
Lista-Brinza finished with 136 yards rushing on 27 carries for Central Catholic. The Vikings' defensive line and linebacker Niko Thorpe were impressive.
Woodland Hills QB Harry Randall ran for 81 yards. Miles Sanders, the Wolverines' leading rusher for the season, had 11 carries for minus-10 yards.
South Fayette 34, Aliquippa 28
I'd say this ranks as one of the top title games in a while. South Fayette won the Class AA crown on Brett Brumbaugh's 19-yard touchdown pass to Conner Beck with 2:48 left in the game.
The weather didn't slow down South Fayette's passing game. Brumbaugh completed 16 of 35 for 315 yards. Justin Watson caught 6 passes for 130 yards and Conner Beck 5 passes for 112 yards.
Aliquippa had taken the lead with 4:01 left on Terry Swanson's 29-yard run.
Swanson finished with 166 yards on 26 carries. Teammate Dravon Henry added 68 yards on 19 attempts.
South Fayette won its second championship in four seasons. The Lions, shown celebrating, also beat Aliquippa for the title in 2010. Aliquippa was trying to win its third consecutive title.
NORTH CATHOLIC 14, STO-ROX 0
North Catholic made its first championship appearance a successful one as it beat Sto-Rox in the Class A title game. The game was ugly at times as the two teams combined for 22 penalties. Sto-Rox had 15.
Sto-Rox actually outgained North Catholic, 222-176, but Sto-Rox never could find the end zone.
North Catholic's defensive line was impressive, especially Ryan Long and Jarred Fragapane. Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams, the WPIAL's all-time leading passer, completed 16 of 26 for 203 yards, but North Catholic kept Williams from making a big pass play. Sto-Rox receiver Mallory Claybourne, who had a number of big plays this year, sustained an injured shoulder in the first half and did not play in the second half.
North Catholic quarterback P.J. Fulmore (pictured) rushed for 83 yards on 26 attempts and scored the game's first touchdown on a 2-yard run with 3:20 left in the first quarter.
Fulmore tweaked a hamstring late in the game. North Catholic then relied on the running of Jerome Turner, who scored on a 17-yard run with 8:14 left in the game.
Fulmore was limping in the locker room after the game but said he should be OK for next weekend's PIAA playoffs. All four WPIAL champs will play in the PIAA quarterfinals either next Friday or Saturday.
It was the third consecutive year Sto-Rox lost in the final.