Tonight's live blog will come from the showdown of undefeated teams - Aliquippa vs. Beaver Falls. It is the Post-Gazette Game of the Week. Follow along and also check to the right of the blog for scores and updates of other games on the Twitter account of @PGVarsityXtra. If you have a score, note or update, tweet with #WPIAL and tag @PGVarsity.
For now, just sat down at the kitchen table with a box of a dozen predictions to go from the bakery. Have to make sure of the count this week. Nitwit me had trouble counting a dozen last week. There was only 10 in the box. Sorry.
The good news was that the record last week was 10-0. That brings the season total to 75-19 (.797 pct.).
Here we go for this week:
Mt. Lebanon at Upper St. Clair - Mt. Lebanon secures second place with a win. There could be a three-way tie for second if USC wins. Mt. Lebanon proved something in its 21-17 loss to Woodland Hills last week. Winner: Mt. Lebanon.
Kiski Area at McKeesport - Kudos to Kiski Area for quite the turnaround. The Cavaliers were winless a year ago. Now, they are 5-3. But they aren't the second-place team in the Foothills Conference. That's what goes to the winner of this game. Winner: McKeesport.
Central Valley at West Allegheny - Central Valley has won seven in a row since a season-opening loss to Montour. But West Allegheny is on a different level than the rest of the teams in the Parkway. Winner: West Allegheny.
Hampton at Mars - After winning its first five, Hampton has lost two of three. Injuries have taken its toll on the Talbots. Meanwhile, Mars is playing well and has momentum. The momentum will continue. Winner: Mars.
Thomas Jefferson at West Mifflin - This game always seems to have something on the line. It has been a conference title in many other years. This year, it's third place in the Big Ten. Winner: Thomas Jefferson.
Ambridge at Chartiers Valley - Playoff spots are on the line. This game is hard to pick because of the unknown status of Chartiers Valley QB Jake Collins. He did not play last week and Chartiers Valley coach Niel Loebig said he can't comment on Collins' situation. So who knows? Winner: Ambridge.
Aliquippa at Beaver Falls - This is one of the best games of the season. Loved Beaver Falls lineman Donovan Jeter's comment earlier this week that neither team likes the other and that's just the way they were raised. Hey, that's not bulletin board material. That's just a kid being honest. Aliquippa hasn't lost a regular season game since 2009 to Beaver Falls. It's hard to go against a streak, but Beaver Falls has the ability to play right with the Quips. Both of these teams have playmakers. It might very well come down to who makes more big plays. Winner: Aliquippa.
Burrell at Deer Lakes - Deer Lakes has been to the playoffs just once in school history. Make that twice after tonight. Winner: Deer Lakes.
Seton-LaSalle at Keystone Oaks - The two schools across the street from each other are on top of each in the Century Conference. Both have 5-2 conference records. Seton-LaSalle is a sleeper team for the Class AA playoffs. Winner: Seton-LaSalle.
Jeannette at Greensburg Central Catholic - The winner gets second place in the Eastern Conference and a home game in the first round. I took Jeannette on This Week In High School Sports video earlier this week. I'm wondering about my pick, but I will stay with it. Winner: Jeannette.
Bentworth at Beth-Center - A shoutout to Bentworth for a fine season. It has been a while since the Bearcats have been to the postseason. The winner gets second place in the Tri-County South. Bentworth isn't THAT good yet. Winner: Beth-Center.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic at Shenango - This is only a non-conference matchup, but one of the best games of the night. Both are ranked in the Class A top five. Winner: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.