Thursday, December 20, 2007

2007 - Year of the WPIAL

With three undefeated PIAA football champions (Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Thomas Jefferson, Jeannette) the WPIAL completed, arguably, its most dominant season of varsity football.

Three teams 16-0. Impressive.

And the manner in which PCC, TJ and Jeannette dominated along the way certainly lends credence to the notion that some of the best high school football in the nation is still played in Western Pennsylvania.

Serra Catholic's loss to Steelton-Highspire prevented a WPIAL sweep at Hersheypark Stadium but 2007 marked the third time the WPIAL won three of four. It happened in 2005 and also in 2001, when Washington won the Class AA title.

Until this year, that Washington team was the best WPIAL Class AA team I've seen (dating back to 1997). No longer. Jeannette certainly deserves the recognition. Terrelle Pryor is the best high school football player I've ever seen. That title previously belonged to Steve Breaston of Woodland Hills with Aliquippa's Darrelle Revis awfully close.

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