Just when it looked safe to say that Burgettstown locked itself into the WPIAL football playoffs, conference co-leader South Fayette loses to Seton-La Salle Saturday. All of a sudden, the playoff picture became more confusing.
Steel Valley (6-0, 7-0) stands alone in first place with conference games remaining against South Fayette and South Park (3-3, 4-3), two difficult tests. The Ironmen have the conference's best offense and need to win one of two to be conference co-champs. Two wins for an outright title. Two losses, a slight possibility, and the Ironmen should still make the playoffs because they've already beat Burgettstown and Seton-La Salle.
South Fayette (5-1, 6-1) lost to surging Seton-La Salle, winners of three of four. The Lions host Steel Valley Friday and finish with Carlynton, a tap-in. Two wins can make the Lions co-champs or outright champs, depending if SV beats SP. If the Lions go 1-1 to finish 6-2 in conference, they own tiebreakers over Burgettstown but not SLS.
Burgettstown (5-2, 5-2) plays out of conference this week and finishes with Charleroi (1-5, 1-6). The Blue Devils should win that one to finish 6-2 in conference. Assuming they do, they're in good shape to get in because their losses are to Steel Valley and South Fayette. Burgettstown beat SLS, SP and Brentwood, teams hovering right behind the top three.
Seton-La Salle (4-2, 4-3) put itself back in the race by beating South Fayette. The Rebels have two winnable games - South Park and Carlynton - but the Rebels loss to Burgettstown could cost them a playoff spot. However, the Century Conference could earn the wildcard playoff berth, and if it does, pencil in SLS.