By Matt Popchock


Week 9 of the 2012 WPIAL football season is just about in the books, which means the regular season, as a whole, is almost over, and the district playoffs are right around the corner.

Next Friday, 64 teams across four classifications will vie for the right to play at Heinz Field…and beyond. Who are they?

Let’s take a look at the final playoff clinchings:


NORTHERN EIGHT CONFERENCE: North Allegheny, Seneca Valley, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, North Hills, Butler

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE: Upper St. Clair, Mount Lebanon, Woodland Hills, Bethel Park, Peters Township

FOOTHILLS CONFERENCE: Gateway, Penn-Trafford, McKeesport, Hempfield, Kiski Area

WILD CARD: Altoona


*BIG NINE CONFERENCE: Thomas Jefferson, West Mifflin, Elizabeth Forward, Ringgold, Trinity, Belle Vernon

PARKWAY CONFERENCE: Central Valley, West Allegheny, Montour, Hopewell, Blackhawk

GREATER ALLEGHENY CONFERENCE: Mars, Hampton, Franklin Regional, Knoch, Hollidaysburg

*WILD CARD: Trinity will play at Ringgold Saturday at noon; their game was postponed from Friday due to a water main break. The outcome will determine the final order of finish in the Big Nine, along with the Wild Card. If Trinity wins, Belle Vernon is the Wild Card. If Ringgold wins, Trinity is the Wild Card.


MIDWESTERN CONFERENCE: Aliquippa, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Freedom

CENTURY CONFERENCE: South Fayette, Seton-LaSalle, South Allegheny, Steel Valley

INTERSTATE CONFERENCE: Washington, Jeannette, Mount Pleasant, Greensburg Central Catholic

ALLEGHENY CONFERENCE: Freeport, Burrell, Shady Side Academy, Valley


BLACK HILLS CONFERENCE: Clairton, Monessen, Brentwood, Bishop Canevin

BIG 7 CONFERENCE: Sto-Rox, Rochester, Neshannock, Union

EASTERN CONFERENCE: North Catholic, Springdale, Apollo-Ridge, Avonworth

TRI-COUNTY SOUTH CONFERENCE: Beth-Center, Jefferson-Morgan, Carmichaels, Frazier

(The MSA Sports Network contributed to this post.)

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