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Western PA Playoff Predictions

This is a highly scientific process picking these games. Well maybe it's not. Some of these teams and players we have seen and some we have not. That's when it gets interesting. Here are my picks, what are yours? Discuss them on the Panther247 message board.

Penns Manor's Danny Ferens

PIAA DISTRICTS 5-6-8-9


Class AAA Regional Semifinals

Friday —
Punxsutawney (5-5) at Clearfield (10-0), 7:00 p.m.

**Clearfield is solid in all phases of the game.**

PREDICTION: CLEARFIELD

Somerset (5-5) vs. University Prep (5-3) at Cupples Stadium, South Side, 7:00 p.m.

**Somerset quarterback Tanner Stull is a heck of an athlete, but the Eagles may be out of their element here. University Prep has too many athletes and playing on turf makes them faster. A very long trip for Somerset to have to make. Guessing two hours or more by bus, Cupples Stadium at night will be far different than these guys are used to.**

PREDICTION: UNIVERSITY PREP

PIAA DISTRICT 5 PLAYOFFS


Class AA Championship
Friday —
Everett (5-5) vs. Chestnut Ridge (5-5) Northern Bedford, 7:00 p.m.

North Allegheny Lineman Patrick Kugler

**Chestnut Ridge has had to play a ridiculous schedule due to being independent, in terms of travel and quality opponents. Everett is no slouch, but I’m going Lions here.**

PREDICTION: CHESTNUT RIDGE

Class A First Round
Friday —
Tussey Mountain (5-5) at Windber (8-2), 7:00 p.m.

**This one could get ugly, Windber will roll to an easy victory.**

PREDICTION: WINDBER

Saturday — Shade (6-4) at North Star (8-2), 7:00 p.m.

**These two met in early October and North Star pulled out a (3-0) win. Taking the Cougars and their Mr. Everything athlete Tony Strasiser.**

PREDICTION: NORTH STAR

Aliquippa Junior Dravon Henry

Byes — Northern Bedford (9-1), Berlin-Brothersvalley (9-1).

PIAA DISTRICT 6-9 PLAYOFFS


Class AAAA Semifinals
Friday —
Central Mountain (5-5) at State College (7-3), 7:00 p.m.

**These two teams met back in September and the Little Lions rolled (36-7), expect a repeat performance.**

PREDICTION: STATE COLLEGE

Bye — DuBois (8-1).

PIAA DISTRICT 6 PLAYOFFS


Class AA Quarterfinals
Friday — Bald Eagle Area (6-4) at Ligonier Valley (9-1), 7:00 p.m.

**These two teams met last weekend and the Rams rolled on to a convincing win. Expect the same if not worse this weekend.**

PREDICTION: LIGONIER

Gateway Junior Montae Nicholson

Penn Cambria (6-4) at Richland (10-0), 7:00 p.m.

**Penn Cambria lost its coach and they have lost a number of players to injury. Richland is rolling right now. Game could be closer than what people think.**

PREDICTION: RICHLAND

Saturday — Cambria Heights (7-3) at Tyrone (7-3), 7:00 p.m.

**John Franco is gone, but Tyrone is always tough to beat, especially in post-season play. James Oliver and the Golden Eagles by a lot.**

PREDICTION: TYRONE

Forest Hills (7-3) at Central Martinsburg (8-2), 7:00 p.m.

**Forest Hills is not as strong as normal this year, although Don Bailey is one of the best coaches in the state. Central is very tough and they are an offensive juggernaut.**

Clairton's Tyler Boyd

PREDICTION: CENTRAL

Class A Quarterfinals
Friday — Glendale (6-4) at Bellwood-Antis (9-1), 7:00 p.m.

**Bellwood Antis always makes a run and this year will be no different.**

PREDICTION: BELLWOOD-ANTIS

Northern Cambria (7-3) at Portage (9-1), 7:00 p.m.

**The Colts can play with anyone in the bracket, but they could also lose to anyone in the bracket. Portage is on a roll right now, taking the Mustangs and the Kephart brothers.**

PREDICTION: PORTAGE

Saturday — Bishop Guilfoyle (8-2) at Juniata Valley (9-1), 7:00 p.m.

North Allegheny Junior Elijah Zeise

**This one could go either way. When in doubt choose the catholic school.**

PREDICTION: BISHOP GUILFOYLE

Bishop McCort (7-3) at Penns Manor (9-1), 7:00 p.m.

**McCort is always tough and they play in a stronger conference, but the Comets have Danny Ferens. Edge goes to Danny Ferens at home with playoff experience.**

PREDICTION: PENNS MANOR

WPIAL D-7 Playoffs (All Games 7:30 p.m.)


CLASS AAAA –
North Allegheny vs. Bethel Park at North Hills
**Bethel Park has a talented team led by freshman quarterback Levi Metheny and junior offensive tackle Michael Grimm. North Allegheny is arguably the best AAAA team in the state led by senior quarterback Mack Leftwich, senior Patrick Kugler and junior athlete Elijah Zeise.**

PREDICTION: North Allegheny

Seneca Valley vs. Mt. Lebanon at North Allegheny
**Forest Barnes and Jordan Brown lead a potent Seneca Valley offense. Mt. Lebanon counters with one of the fastest receivers in the state Troy Apke.**

Bethel Park Junior Michael Grimm

PREDICTION: SENECA VALLEY

Woodland Hills vs. Gateway at Norwin
**Gateway is the most stacked team in Western Pennsylvania and they are hungry for a North Allegheny rematch. Woodland Hills is young and they don’t have the horses this year to match the Gators.**

PREDICTION: GATEWAY

Central Catholic vs. Upper St. Clair at Baldwin
**Tough one to call, but Central Catholic may have a few more weapons at their disposal.**

PREDICTION: CENTRAL CATHOLIC

CLASS AAA –
Franklin Regional vs. Thomas Jefferson at Elizabeth Forward
**Thomas Jefferson is on a roll and Bill Cherpak has his Jaguars poised for another run at Heinz Field.**

PREDICTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON

Montour vs. West Allegheny at Chartiers Valley
**These two teams met earlier in the year for a football game and a baseball game broke out. Montour won (5-3). We’ll side with Devin Wilson in this one.**

Aliquippa Junior Jaleel Fields

PREDICTION: MONTOUR

West Mifflin vs. Mars at Fox Chapel
**A match-up featuring two of the best backs in the WPIAL Jimmy Wheeler for the Titans and Josh Schultheis for the Planets. West Mifflin beat Knoch last week and Mars lost to Knoch this year.**

PREDICTION: WEST MIFFLIN

Hopewell vs. Central Valley at Ambridge
**Central Valley has Robert Foster, Hopewell doesn’t. Foster should be fired up and with something to prove this week after having to sit out last week.**

PREDICTION: CENTRAL VALLEY

CLASS AA –
Mount Pleasant vs. Aliquippa at Peters Township
**Tyler Mellors and Mount Pleasant are tough, but you can’t pick against Aliquippa.**

PREDICTION: ALIQUIPPA

Beaver vs. Jeannette at Hampton
**Another tough game to call. Beaver has blown teams out all year. The Jayhawks have won some close games. I’ll call Jayhawks.**

South Fayette's Zach Challingsworth

PREDICTION: JEANNETTE

Beaver Falls vs. South Fayette at Moon
**Great match-up here, Beaver Falls has some tough guys on defense with Brock Boxen and Sage Curry. South Fayette has the rocker arm of Brett Brumbaugh and one of the best receivers in the state Zach Challingsworth, along with the Fetchet boys. No one has slowed South Fayette yet.**

PREDICTION: SOUTH FAYETTE

Seton-LaSalle vs. Washington at Canon-McMillan
**This could be the best game of the entire second round if Beaver Falls and South Fayette isn’t, but Wash High has Shai McKenzie. Taking McKenzie and the Prexies in a close one.**

PREDICTION - WASHINGTON

CLASS A –
Brentwood vs. Clairton at Belle Vernon
**No one is touching the Bears right now. They are a team of destiny, rolling with Tyler Boyd, Titus Howard and Terrish Webb to another championship game at Heinz Field.**

PREDICTION: CLAIRTON

Monessen vs. Neshannock at Chartiers-Houston
**Tough game to call here, but I’m going with Monessen. Chavas and Justice Rawlins will lead the Greyhounds to the next round.**

Monessen's Chavas Rawlins

PREDICTION: MONESSEN

Union vs. Sto-Rox at Mars
**Sto-Rox beat Union by 27 during the regular season. Don’t see any reason why we won’t see a repeat performance. Lenny Williams and Brendan Blair want a rematch with Clairton.**

PREDICTION: STO-ROX

Rochester vs. North Catholic at Keystone Oaks
**P.J. Fulmore is one of the most electrifying sophomores in the state, but you can’t pick against Rochester in the playoffs.**

PREDICTION: ROCHESTER

PIAA DISTRICT 9 PLAYOFFS


Class AA Semifinals
Friday — Saint Mary’s (5-5) at Karns City (7-3), 7:00 p.m.

** Going to go with Karns City in this one. I will preface this pick by saying I probably no less about District 9 than any other district in the state, so these are guesses.**

PREDICTION: KARNS CITY

Montour Athlete Devin Wilson

Brookville (6-4) at Kane (6-3). 7:00 p.m.

**This is a toss-up for me, but I like Brookville’s uniforms better.**

PREDICTION: BROOKVILLE

Class A Quarterfinals
Friday — Elk County Catholic (7-2) at Union-Rimersburg(9-1), 7:00 p.m.

**Union has some quality wins this year. This will be another one.**

PREDICTION: UNION

Curwensville (7-2) at Brockway (8-2), 7:00 p.m.

**Last time these two teams met Brockway scored 56 points. Give me the Rovers again in this one.**

Hickory's DeShawn Coleman

PREDICTIONS: BROCKWAY

Smethport (4-5) at Clarion (10-0), 7:00 p.m.

**Call me old fashioned, but I absolutely cannot stand to see teams with losing records in the playoffs. Clarion just out of principle.**

PREDICTION: CLARION

Bye — Port Allegany (10-0).

PIAA DISTRICT 10 PLAYOFFS


Class AAA Quarterfinals
Friday —
Oil City (4-6) vs. General McLane (7-3) at Edinboro University, 7:00 p.m.

**Back in September these two teams met and the Lancers won (42-19). Let’s take the Lancers again in the rematch.**

PREDICTION: GENERAL McLANE

Clairton's Titus Howard

Conneaut (6-4) vs. Warren (8-2) at Corry, 7:00 p.m.

** Warren beat Conneaut (51-12), which works for me. Warren will win again.**

PREDICTION: WARREN

Byes — Slippery Rock (9-1), Erie Cathedral Prep (10-0).

Class AA Quarterfinals
Saturday —
North East (7-3) vs. Grove City 8-1) at Slippery Rock University, 7:00 p.m.

**Grove City is just one of those teams that you never want to play in the post-season.**

PREDICTION: GROVE CITY

Hickory (8-1) vs. Northwestern (7-3) at Edinboro University, 7:00 p.m.

Sto-Rox Junior Brendan Blair

**Hickory has DeShawn Coleman and Northwestern doesn’t, enough said.**

PREDICTION: HICKORY

Greenville (5-5) vs. Corry (8-2) at General McLane, 1:00 p.m.

**Greenville has played a tougher schedule, so I pick Trojans over Beavers. Greenville is also the town where my alma mater Thiel College is located.**

PREDICTION: GREENVILLE

Fairview (6-3) vs. Wilmington (7-2) at Grove City H.S., 1:00 p.m.

**Wilmington has the tougher schedule and an experienced playoff staff.**

PREDICTION: WILMINGTON

Central Valley's Robert Foster

Class A Quarterfinals
Friday —
West Middlesex (8-2) vs. Iroquois (3-7) at Wilmington, 7:00 p.m.

**Again, I will not pick a team with a losing record.**

PREDICTION: WEST MIDDLESEX

Mercyhurst Prep (8-2) vs. Farrell (5-4) at Erie Veterans Stadium, 7:00 p.m.

**Picking the Steelers in this one. I can’t root against the Steelers.**

PREDICTION: FARRELL

Eisenhower (8-2) vs. Lakeview (6-4) at Warren, 7:00 p.m.

**Going with Lakeview and a slightly tougher schedule.**

PREDICTION: LAKEVIEW

Sharpsville (8-1) vs. Cochranton (6-3) at Slippery Rock University, 7:00 p.m.

**Sharpsville just always seems to be tough.**

PREDICTION: SHARPSVILLE

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