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“Mr. High School Sports” – Who’s In And Who’s Out?

By Matt Popchock
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With the exception of a couple potentially significant games Saturday, Week 8 of the 2012 WPIAL football season is in the books, and several more teams have booked reservations for the district playoffs after Friday night.

Here’s a breakdown of how Friday’s games affect the postseason field of 16 in each classification:

CLASS AAAA (12 spots have now been claimed):

*North Allegheny clinched Northern Eight Conference championship with 55-7 win over Shaler.

*North Hills clinched playoff berth with 18-10 win over Pine-Richland. Pine-Richland is eliminated from playoff contention.

*Butler clinched playoff berth with 49-7 win over Fox Chapel.

*Mt. Lebanon clinched home-field advantage in First Round with 35-7 win over Penn Hills.

*Woodland Hills clinched playoff berth with 38-15 win over Peters Twp.

*Baldwin defeated Canon-McMillan, 31-7, to eliminate Canon-McMillan from playoff contention.

*Gateway clinched Foothills Conference championship with 42-0 win over Penn-Trafford.

*McKeesport clinched playoff berth with 20-6 win over Kiski Area. Kiski Area is eliminated from playoff contention.

*Latrobe defeated Connellsville, 21-14, to eliminate Connellsville from playoff contention.

CLASS AAA (11 spots have now been claimed):

*West Mifflin clinched home-field advantage in First Round with 35-7 win over Trinity.

*Elizabeth Forward clinched playoff berth with 34-6 win over Albert Gallatin.

*Thomas Jefferson defeated Uniontown, 49-8, to eliminate Uniontown from playoff contention.

*Belle Vernon defeated Laurel Highlands, 44-6, to eliminate Laurel Highlands from playoff contention.

*Central Valley clinched home-field advantage in First Round with 35-14 win over Ambridge.

*Blackhawk defeated Chartiers Valley, 48-25, to eliminate Chartiers Valley from playoff contention.

*New Castle defeated Moon, 48-21, to eliminate Moon from playoff contention.

*Knoch clinched playoff berth with 20-14 win over Indiana. Indiana is eliminated from playoff contention.

CLASS AA (13 spots have now been claimed):

*New Brighton defeated Riverside, 35-28, to eliminate Riverside from playoff contention.

*Steel Valley clinched playoff berth by virtue of South Fayette’s 42-0 win over South Park.

*Keystone Oaks defeated McGuffey, 28-21, to eliminate McGuffey from playoff contention.

*Jeannette clinched home-field advantage in First Round with 38-7 win over Waynesburg.

*Greensburg C.C. clinched playoff berth with 14-12 win over Yough. Yough is eliminated from playoff contention.

CLASS A (9 spots have now been claimed):

*Clairton clinched Black Hills Conference championship with 41-0 win over Serra Catholic.

*Monessen clinched home-field advantage in First Round with 28-21 win over Chartiers-Houston. Chartiers-Houston is eliminated from playoff contention.

*Brentwood clinched playoff berth with 42-7 win over Bishop Canevin.

*Imani Christian defeated Ft. Cherry, 40-3, to eliminate Ft. Cherry from playoff contention.

*Sto-Rox clinched playoff berth with 43-0 win over Laurel. Laurel is eliminated from playoff contention.

*Union clinched playoff berth with 36-19 win over South Side Beaver. Shenango is eliminated from playoff contention by virtue of Union’s win.

*Beth-Center clinched Tri-County South Conference championship with 54-6 win over Avella.

(The MSA Sports Network contributed to this post.)

(Follow me on Twitter @mpopchock.)

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