1. Jeannette at Washington
Obviously, this game features the WPIAL's top player in Jeannette quarterback/defensive back Terrelle Pryor -- the most purely talented high school athlete I've seen in person. Also, this Wash High team has a legitimate shot at finishing second in the Interstate Conference.
I like the Prexies' defense. The one snag may be the health of quarterback Chad Smith, who injured his hand last week at Waynesburg. Smith is questionable for tonight's game. If he's a go, Wash High has a chance to make it competitive and they'll need him on both sides of the ball to make a postseason run.
2. Blackhawk at Trinity
After last week's disappointing loss to Canon-McMillan, Trinity had its bandwagon clear out. I'm not jumping off yet. This is a non-conference game, but it is critical for the Hillers. If they don't rebound with a win, the season could be a disaster.
3. Pine-Richland at Peters Township
The Indians nearly upset the powerful Rams at Pine-Richland a year ago. A win here and I am absolutely convinced that Tyler Porco, Nick Fazio and Peters Township will be a force this year in Class AAA.
Top games in the WPIAL:
Class AAAA - Canon-McMillan at Kiski Area, Bethel Park at Penn Hills
Class AAA - West Allegheny at Thomas Jefferson
Class AA - Sto-Rox at Aliquippa, Burrell at Seton-La Salle
Class A - Beth-Center at Jefferson-Morgan, Springdale at Avonworth