By Matt Popchock


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Let the 64-team journey to Heinz Field begin! Here are all 32 First Round matchups, as the 2011 WPIAL Football Playoffs begin universally Fri., Nov. 4.

All games are scheduled for a 7:30 P.M. kickoff. The higher-seeded teams (seeds are listed in parentheses) will enjoy home-field advantage for the First Round, unless otherwise noted. The Quarterfinals and Semifinals will be played at neutral sites.

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(1) North Allegheny vs. (16) Fox Chapel

(8) Penn Hills vs. (9) Seneca Valley (This game can be seen live on ROOT Sports.)

(4) Penn-Trafford vs. (13) Bethel Park

(5) Gateway vs. (12) Shaler

(2) Pittsburgh Central Catholic vs. (15) Peters Township (at Fox Chapel)

(7) Mount Lebanon vs. (10) Woodland Hills

(3) Upper St. Clair vs. (14) Connellsville

(6) Erie McDowell vs. (11) McKeesport


(1) Central Valley vs. (16) Laurel Highlands

(8) Ringgold vs. (9) Highlands

(4) West Mifflin vs. (13) Mars

(5) Montour vs. (12) Chartiers Valley

(2) Franklin Regional vs. (15) Belle Vernon

(7) Indiana vs. (10) Hopewell

(3) Knoch vs. (14) West Allegheny

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(6) Thomas Jefferson vs. (11) Greensburg-Salem


(1) Aliquippa vs. (16) Steel Valley (at Ambridge)

(8) Washington vs. (9) Mount Pleasant

(4) Freeport vs. (13) Ellwood City

(5) Greensburg Central Catholic vs. (12) Ford City

(2) Jeannette vs. (15) Burrell

(7) Shady Side Academy vs. (10) Beaver

(3) Seton-LaSalle vs. (14) East Allegheny (at Chartiers Valley)

(6) Beaver Falls vs. (11) South Fayette


(1) Clairton vs. (16) Cornell

(8) Monessen vs. (9) Springdale

(4) Rochester vs. (13) Northgate

(5) Avonworth vs. (12) California

(2) Sto-Rox vs. (15) Frazier

(7) Brentwood vs. (10) Western Beaver

(3) Bishop Canevin vs. (14) Chartiers-Houston (at Dormont Stadium, Keystone Oaks)

(6) Beth-Center vs. (11) Fort Cherry

NOTES: Central Catholic, Seton-LaSalle, and Bishop Canevin are playing in nearby venues because they have no true home field. Normally Aliquippa would play its home games at “The Pit” (a.k.a. Carl Aschman Stadium), but because it is one of the top seeds, it has the option of playing its First Round game at a different stadium. Aliquippa decided to exercise that option, citing concerns over field conditions.

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