by Malik Vincent
On Super Saturday, some of the best teams of the 2010 Western Pa. High School football season will be on display in the postseason’s final round at Heinz Field, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Each classification will feature, at least one familiar face in—well, three of the four WPIAL title games.
The New Pittsburgh Courier would like to take a look into what all of those matchups will present:
Class A—Rochester (12-0) vs. Clairton (12-0), 9:30 a.m.
The WPIAL championship round is certain to get off to a fast start as these two perennial powerhouses are set to do battle.
Rochester will feature its senior running back Devin Glass who rushed for 154 yards in a 20-7 semi-final win against Avonworth last Friday.
But, Clairton has one of the best quarterbacks in the area in the 6-5, 230 pound Desimon Green—a senior, who’s looking to lead his Bears to a third straight title in Class A.
Malik’s prediction: Clairton 28, Rochester 14.
Class AA—Aliquippa (12-0) vs. South Fayette (12-0), 1:30 p.m.
There’s no question that Aliquippa’s roster full of experienced athletes gives them a slight advantage over a very talented South Fayette team. It will be up to Lions’ senior quarterback Christian Brumbaugh and his offense to put points on the board against an Aliquippa defense that gave the only touchdown that it’s allowed during the entire postseason.
Malik’s prediction: Aliquippa 31, South Fayette 17.
Class AAA—Central Valley (9-3) vs. Montour (12-0), 4:30 p.m.
In their first year of existence, Central Valley will try to knock off star running back Julian Durden and the undefeated Montour Spartans in Class AAA.
Central Valley beat Thomas Jefferson, who had won four titles since 2004—in convincing fashion, 44-24, last Friday in the semi-finals. But Montour has had a solid campaign and have been impressive in the playoffs by outscoring their three opponents, 91-42.
Malik’s prediction: Central Valley 41, Montour 38 in overtime.
Class AAAA—Woodland Hills (9-3) vs. North Allegheny (11-1),
The Wolverines hope that their eight-game winning streak will help them defend their title in Class AAAA. In order to do that, they’ll have to be able to stop one of the area’s best runners in North Allegheny’s Alex Papson who has rushed for 2,360 yards this season.
But Woody High’s senior running back Lafayette Pitts is fresh off a 267-yard performance on 34 carries in last Friday’s semi-final game against North Hills.
Malik’s Prediction: North Allegheny 24, Woodland Hills 21.
(Malik Vincent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)