WPIAL championships loaded with upsets

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North Catholic has a proud history that includes Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, a 1975 North Catholic alum, and Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, a 1950 North Catholic graduate.

The Trojans (13-0) won their first WPIAL football championship by upsetting Sto Rox (12-1), 14-0, in the Class A championship Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic starts its 75th and final year in the city before moving to a Cranberry campus in August.

“We said when we started the season we wanted to start a new tradition,” North Catholic coach Bob Ravenstahl said.  “We have a lot of old tradition up there, too, but this is a new tradition.”

LENNY WILLIAMS (3) Sto Rox quarterback is tripped up by Timon Gribbin of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the WPIAL Class A championship game, Williams, a Temple recruit finished his outstanding high school career with 11,559 offensive yards (the most in WPIAL history)  and 102 touchdowns.

LENNY WILLIAMS (3) Sto Rox quarterback is tripped up by Timon Gribbin of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the WPIAL Class A championship game, Williams, a Temple recruit finished his outstanding high school career with 11,559 offensive yards (the most in WPIAL history) and 102 touchdowns. (Courier Photo by William McBride)

Sto Rox’s third consecutive trip to the WPIAL championships came to a crashing halt against the Trojans at windy Heinz Field.  The Vikings live and die by the pass and poor weather conditions and penalties sunk the Vikings in the sea of the Three Rivers.

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