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Games being covered by Champs staff tonight: Montour vs. West Allegheny, Hopewell vs Central Valley, Beaver Falls vs. South Fayette, Central Catholic vs. Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon at Seneca Valley. We will have scores from all the WPIAL playoff games.
Sean 7:47 - McCauley halls in 5 yard TD pass to give Seneca Valley a 6-0 lead over Mt. Lebanon.
Al 7:46 - Zach Challingsworth on a 11 yard run gives South Fayette a 7-0.
Matt 7:43 - It's like watching "WPIAL Greatest Hits" after one quarter we have no score between the Spartans and Indians and have seen 3 punts. It's like watching ping-pong.
Brian 7:40 - Cetral Valley gets on the board first against the Hopewell Vikings lead 7-0. Rob Foster is wanting to impress after being on the sidelines last week.
Matt 7:16 - I'm join along side our newest member to the Champs team Bianca Demino, who will be interning for us. She got the PA announcer to give her a shoutout before kickoff. I'm impressed.
Al 7:08 - All set here at Tigers Stadium for Beaver Falls vs. South Fayette
Matt 7:06 - Welcome to Rounad two of the WPIAL Football Playoffs, tonight Champs staff is at 5 games that we will be brining you updates of as well as other games in the playoffs.
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Champs Sports Network's coverage of the WPIAL Playoffs starts Friday night. Here are the games we will have extened coverage of: Pittsburgh Central Catholic vs. Penn-Trafford -- Hempfield vs. Seneca Valley -- Ringgold vs. West Allegeny -- Trinity vs. Montour -- Steel Valley vs. Aliquippa - Greensburg Central Catholic vs. Seton LaSalle.
Jeff 9:44 - Montour to play West Alleghney next week. Montour wins 27-6.
Jeff 9:36 - Final from Moon Area, Aliquippa defeates Steel Valley 55-0.
Jeff 9:35 - Cole Macek scores second TD of game. Montour now leads 27-6. First final of the evening. Gateway defeats Peters Township 28-19.
Jeff 9:20 - End of thrd quarter, Montour 20, Trinity 6
Jeff 9:18 - Great punt by Montour. Ball downed at Trinity 3
Jeff 9:12 - Devin Wilson fumbles at 4 yard line. Trinity recovers. Halts impressive Montour drive.
Jeff 9:07 - Big Play for Montour. Driving on Trinity.
Jeff 8:54 - Start of the second half. Trinity gets the ball first.
Jeff 8:28 - Montour offense stayed on the sideline in the second quarter. Good thing the defense held up. Halftime score is 20-6 Montour.
Matt 8:20 - I thought trick-or-treat was tomorrow night? Warriors on the final play of the half, hook and later play 35-yard touchdown. We go into the locker room Central leads 17-12.
Jeff 8:16 - Buchiell with a 41 yard pass to Lucas for Montour. Loses 15 yards on a celebration.
Jeff 8:09 - Montour's Tyren Green ill advised throw. Easy Interception for Gaage Marry.
Jeff 8:05 - Montour has recorded 11 first downs to this point. 2 for Trinity.
Matt 8:01 - Central gets great field position and takes advanage Consentino on a QB keeper from one yard out. 10-6 Vikings with 6:29 left in first half.
Nick 7:58 - Greensburgh Central Catholic leads 7-0 over Seton at the end of thefirst.
Chrissy 7:57 - Chase Dylan scores for West-A now lead 20-0 over Ringgold
Sean 7:52 - Jordan Brown 12-yard run to give the Seneca Valley a 13-0 lead with 3:41 left in 1st
Matt 7:47 - Penn Trafford answers with Tom Stinelli punching it in from two yards away PAT was blocked. 19 seconds left to play in the 1st.
Chrissy 7:46 - West Allegheny scores on 3rd and 1, Nick Haldbel ran it in, PAT was no good.
Sean 7:40 - Seneca Valey takes 6-0 lead on Barnes 1-yard one. 2 pt conversion was failed.
Jeff Wink 7:39 - Montour takes the early lead with a 78 yadr drive. Ryan Mahelchick on a 6 yard run at 8:12 of the first.
Matt 7:37 - Central Catholic hits a 23-yard field goal with 7:01 in the first. Lista-Brinza with 55 yards rushing on the opening drive.
Chrissy Wolbert 7:35 - West Allegheny gets on the board on a fumble recovery. West A leads 7-0 over Ringgold with 10:29 left in the first.
Sean Gallagher 7:31 - Seneca Valley wins the toss and will receive to start the game again the Hempfield spartans.
Matt 7:05 - Good evening football fans welcome to Champs Sports Network's coverage of the WPIAL football playoffs. We have reporters all over the area bringing you scores and updates. I'm along side Mike Asti tonight for Central Catholic and Penn-Trafford, and we will bring up updates from this game among others around the WPIAL.
The WPIAL Football Playoffs begin this Friday. Each of the four classifications has 16 teams qualify for the playoffs. Only four teams will be crowned WPIAL Champions at Heinz Field. Here are a possiblilty of the order for each of the classifications.
1. North Allegheny
3. Upper St. Clair
4. Mt. Lebanon
5. Seneca Valley
7. Woodland Hills
9. Pittsburgh Central Catholic
10. Bethel Park
11. North Hills
13. Kiski Area
14. Peters Township
1. Thomas Jefferson
2. Central Valley
4. West Allegheny
5. West Mifflin
8. Franklin Regional
11. Elizabeth Forward
15. Belle Vernon
2. South Fayette
8. Seton-La Salle
9. Mt. Pleasant
10. South Allegheny
11. Beaver Falls
12. Shady Side Academy
13. Greensburg Central Catholic
16. Steel Valley
2. North Catholic
14. Bishop Canevin
Remember, these seeds are not official. The official brackets will be released on Monday.
Friday's week one marquee matchup featured two of the most storied programs in the WPIAL. Thanks to Southeast Conference realignment, two teams listed in the top five of the Champs Sports Power Rankings kicked off the high school football season in one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the year.
Woodland Hills and Upper St. Clair, led by a pair of coaches who accumulated a combined 612 wins in 79 seasons, stormed the field each looking to prove they belonged at the top of the section standings. Only one started the season 1-0.
A classic WPIAL chess match, it took nearly the entire first quarter for one of the heavy weights to land the first punch. As the clock hit zero, Woodland Hills quarterback Cody McClelland pump faked the safety and hit a wide open Trevon Mathis, exploding down the sideline for a 68-yard touchdown reception. Less than two minutes later, the Wolverine's senior connected again this time finding Tom Greene hauling in a 39-yard passed tossed perfectly to the corner of the end zone.
Unable to convert either PAT, Woodland Hills nearly took their 12-0 road lead into the locker room at halftime. However, a 21-yard punt return by USC junior Morgan Lee gave the Panthers one last chance to capitalize late in the 2nd quarter. Senior QB Pete Caughlin marched his team all the to the Wolverine goal line,but an illegal procedure penalty on 3rd down forced the Panthers to settle for a Ben Stainake field goal.
A 4-1 team on the road last season, Woodland Hills coach George Novak had to be satisfied with the first 24 minutes of the 2012 season.
But after the bands played it was all Panthers.
The Upper St. Clair Panthers could seemingly do no wrong on their opening possession. Pete Caughlin confirmed last years' heroic WPIAL playoff performances were no fluke, executing the spread option read to perfection and running right through the Wolverines defense. Bruising running back Mac Pope appeared to score while diving into the endzone off the right side, but lost the football which was recovered by teammate and center Austin Park for the Panthers touchdown.
39 seconds into the 4th quarter USC took the lead for good. Caughlin added the first of his three 4th quarter touchdown runs on a 13-yard scamper thanks to a great perimeter block by fullback Nick Tancredi on the right edge and the Panthers never looked back going on to win 31-12.
The Panthers seemed to pick up right where they left off last November and will look to continue their quest to get back to the WPIAL Finals next Friday on the road against Canon-McMillan (0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Woodland Hills will hope to avenge their week 1 loss when they take on McKeesport (0-1) in the Wolverena, also at 7:30 p.m.
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