Saturday, November 26, 2011

Picking the winners, WPIAL finals

Football teaches valuable life lessons.

One, don't take four sacks during the final minutes of a game like Tino Sunseri did during the 104th Backyard Brawl.

Two, stick to your guns.

When the WPIAL playoff pairings were released, this fearless prognosticator picked a WPIAL Class AAAA championship game of Upper St. Clair and North Allegheny. At the time, of course, USC quarterback/linebacker/Pitt recruit Dakota Conwell was healthy.

With Conwell's injury going into the semifinals against Pittsburgh Central Catholic, the pick changed. PCC was the choice. USC won, 28-14.

Not making the same mistake.

Upper St. Clair wins, 27-21.

Last week, I went 5-3 to make my overall mark 47-9.

Class AAA
Montour over Knoch

Class AA
Aliquippa over Jeannette

Class A
Clairton over Sto-Rox


Joey Niklas said...

Congrats to NA, Montour, Aliquippa and esp my Clairton Bears. Really hoping all 4 will bring home PIAA Gold.

R. Keith Taylor said...

I hope everyone had a good holiday.

Any team that wins the WPIAL always has a good shot at the PIAA, because sometimes the WPIAL playoffs are more difficult.

Joey Niklas said...

In Class A, the Bears are on a collision course w/ Southern Columbia-which should be a fantastic game.

In 2A Tyrone or Hickory should give the Quips a heck of a game and Lancaster Catholic should be a very tough out.

3A is very interesting Grove City is very good, and Bishop McDevitt or LS will be a challenge for the Spartans and if they make it to Hershey a very good Archbishop Wood will be waiting. I'd say that Montour has the toughest road to Hershey.

NA already whooped up on State College but I don't know how good Wilson or Central Dauphin is out of D3. Out east I'd expect to see LaSelle or North Penn in Hershey.

I think we'll end up w/ 2-3 champs in NA and Clairton being the most likely and Aliquippa being the possible 3rd team coming home w/ PIAA Gold.