WPIAL High School Football Championship Brackets Unveiled

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The high school football playoffs kick off in Pennsylvania Friday night.

Monday night, the WPIAL football committee unveiled the brackets and game times for the first round.

In Class 1-A, undefeated California (10-0) is the top seed and ranked No. 2 among 1-A teams in Pennsylvania by MaxPreps. The Trojans will host Bishop Canevin (3-6) Friday night.

Perennial powers Jeannette (9-1) and Clairton (7-2) are also well positioned to make a playoff run.

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Class 1-A First Round Games
Bishop Canevin (16) at California (1, Ranked No. 2 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Union (9) at Fort Cherry (8) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Sto-Rox (13) vs. Imani Christian (4)- Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Wolverena
Springdale (12) at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (5) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Western Beaver (10) at Carmichaels (7) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Summit Academy (15) at Clairton (2, Ranked No. 7 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Monessen (14) at Jeannette (3, Ranked No. 6 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
West Greene (11) at Rochester (6) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.

In Class 2-A, undefeated Steel Valley (8-0) is the defending state champion and the top seed. The Ironmen host Laurel (3-7) Friday night. The No. 2 seed Washington (9-0) is also undefeated. The Prexies host Freedom (5-5) Friday night.

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Class 2-A First Round Games
Laurel (16) at Steel Valley (1, Ranked No. 3 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Burgettstown (9) at Neshannock (8) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Frazier (13) at Riverside (4, Ranked No. 9 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Avonworth (12) at Charleroi (5) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Mohawk (10) at East Allegheny (7) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Freedom (15) at Washington (2, Ranked No. 5 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Brentwood (14) vs. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (3, Ranked No. 10 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Mars Athletic Complex
Beth-Center (11) at Serra (6) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.

There is another undefeated Class 2-A team from western Pennsylvania. Ligonier Valley (10-0) is ranked No. 4 in Pennsylvania by MaxPreps and the top seed in the District 6 playoff. The Rams will host West Shamokin Friday night at 7 p.m.

In Class 3-A, undefeated Aliquippa (10-0) is ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania by MaxPreps. The Quips host South Park (6-3) Friday night. There is plenty of competition in Class 3-A. Quaker Valley (9-1), Beaver (8-2) and Seton LaSalle (8-1) are also highly ranked by MaxPreps.

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Class 3-A First Round Games
South Park (8) at Aliquippa (1, Ranked No. 1 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Beaver (5, Ranked #4 in PA by MaxPreps) at Elizabeth Forward (4) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Derry Area (7) at Quaker Valley (2, Ranked No. 2 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Freeport (6) vs. Seton LaSalle (3, Ranked No. 10 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Dormont Stadium

Our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that one of the big debates for the WPIAL football committee was who should be the top seed in Class 4-A. Both South Fayette (10-0) and Belle Vernon (9-0) are undefeated. The committee gave the nod to South Fayette.

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Class 4-A First Round Games
West Mifflin (8) at South Fayette (1, Ranked No. 3 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
New Castle (5) at Montour (4) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Trinity (6) at Thomas Jefferson (3, Ranked No. 7 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Mars (7) at Belle Vernon (2, Ranked No. 6 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Post-Gazette reports the seeding of teams in the Class 5-A bracket also sparked a lot of debate. Penn-Trafford (9-1) is the top seed. The Warriors will host Fox Chapel (6-4) Friday night.

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Class 5-A First Round Games
Fox Chapel (8) at Penn-Trafford (1, Ranked No. 4 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Franklin Regional (5) at Upper St. Clair (4) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Woodland Hills (7) at Gateway (2, Ranked No. 9 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
McKeesport (6) at West Allegheny (3) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.

In Class 6-A, undefeated Pine-Richland (10-0) is the top seed and the No. 1 ranked team in Pennsylvania, according to MaxPreps. The Rams will host Norwin (5-5) Friday night. Bethel Park (8-1), Central Catholic (8-2) and North Allegheny (7-3) are also highly ranked by MaxPreps.

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Class 6-A First Round Games
Norwin (8) at Pine-Richland (1 – Ranked No. 1 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
North Allegheny (5, Ranked No. 9 in Pa. by MaxPreps) at Mt. Lebanon (4) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Peters Township (7) at Central Catholic (2, Ranked No. 7 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Cupples Stadium
Penn Hills (6) at Bethel Park (3, Ranked No. 5 in Pa. by MaxPreps) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The championship games for Class 6A, 5A, 4A and 3A will be played on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Heinz Field. The Class 2A and 1A championship games will be played  Saturday, Nov. 25 at Robert Morris University’s Joe Walton Stadium.

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