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| Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:00 a.m


WPIAL playoffs first round

Fox Chapel (4-5) at North Hills (8-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Foxes are in the playoffs for the eighth time in school history and the first time since 2002 when they lost an opening round game at North Hills, 27-12. … North Hills leads Foxes, 14-5-1 in the all-time series between the schools which dates to 1962. … Fox Chapel last defeated the Indians 14-0 in 1978. … First WPIAL playoff appearance for Foxes coach Bryan Deal, in his fourth season….North Hills, a perennial WPIAL power, has won four WPIAL titles (1982, ’86, ’87, ’93) all under coach Jack McCurry. … McCurry is now the sixth-winningest coach in WPIAL history with 254 victories. … A win Friday would tie him with Pete Antimarino (Gateway/Pitcairn) for fifth on the all-time list.


WPIAL playoffs first round

Laurel Highlands (4-5) at Highlands (9-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Highlands is seeded No. 2 for first time in school history. … Highlands was 9-0 in 1998 and 7-0-2 in 1976. … Golden Rams are in the WPIAL playoffs for 16th time with an all-time record of 6-15. … Two schools have met just twice in the past, with Highlands winning 28-6 in 1982 and 12-0 in ’83. … Mustangs finished fourth in the Keystone Conference….Keystone Conference teams have gone 0-28 in the playoffs over the last seven seasons….Highlands has made semifinals once (2001) and won at Blackhawk last year, 21-19, in playoff opener before falling to Knoch in quarterfinals. … Laurel Highlands was blasted, 56-7, by eventual WPIAL champion Thomas Jefferson in opening round last season


WPIAL playoffs first round

Keystone Oaks (8-1) at Ford City (8-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Sabers are starting the playoffs at home for the third consecutive season. … Ford City, is in the playoffs for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. … Defeated Laurel, 41-14, in last season’s first round before losing to Riverside. … Sabers are 7-7 in WPIAL playoff games. … Keystone Oaks finished third in Century Conference, but went into Week 9 in first place, lost to Seton-La Salle and fell to third place when Sto-Rox had more WPIAL tiebreaker points in the margins of victories and losses criteria. … Golden Eagles dropped to Class AA this year for the first time after playing many years in Class AAA. … Keystone Oaks lost Class AAA playoff opener last season to Pine-Richland, 57-7.

WPIAL playoffs first round

Freeport (6-3) at Greensburg Central Catholic (9-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Freeport returns to the WPIAL playoffs for the 22nd time. … Yellowjackets last made the playoffs in 2003, dropping a 34-18 decision to Riverside. … Freeport has an all-time record of 12-21 in WPIAL playoff games. … Two schools last met in 1993 where GCC recorded a 27-14 victory, Freeport had won previous five games against Centurions….GCC was eliminated by Beaver Falls, 35-14, in the opening round last season after reaching the WPIAL finals the two previous seasons, losing to Jeannette in 2006 and South Park in ’05. … Centurions ended Jeannette’s 24-game winning streak, longest in the state, last Saturday night, earning a No. 2 seed in tournament.



Kiski Area (1-8) at Norwin (2-7), 7 p.m. today

Both schools were rivals in the original Foothills Conference, playing each other 22 consecutive seasons (1962-83). … Kiski Area leads the all-time series, 18-6. … Last game was in 2001 where the Cavaliers recorded a 27-15 victory. … Kiski Area avoided a winless season with a 35-0 victory over Plum last Friday. … Schedule has been one of the toughest in school history – seven of the nine previous Kiski Area opponents are in the playoffs. … Scoreboard operator at Knights Stadium.

Latrobe (3-6) at Plum (0-9), 7 p.m. today

Plum will try to avoid its first winless season since 1988. … Mustangs have lost their last three games by identical score of 35-0. … Schools have played nine times in the past, with the Mustangs holding a 5-4 edge. … Latrobe was in the running for the WPIAL playoffs going into last week’s game at Hempfield, but the Wildcats lost, 24-14. … This is the 40th anniversary of Latrobe’s only WPIAL championship, a 19-7 title game victory over Kiski Area in what was the last high school game ever played at Forbes Field.



Riverview (3-6) at Burgettstown (2-7), 7 p.m. today

Both teams have been riddled with injuries this season. … The two schools split a two-game series in 2002-03. … Blue Devils started season at 0-4, but have won three of their last five contests. … Raiders will have to stop sophomore quarterback Dylan Bongiorni, who has passed for over 1,100 yards this season. … Both schools made first round exits last season, with the Raiders losing to eventual WPIAL champion Serra Catholic, 42-0, while Burgettstown, then a Class AA school, was on the wrong end of a 36-0 decision at Aliquippa. … If Jeff Scampone plays tonight, it will be the final game for the youngest of three Riverview brothers. He was preceded by Gino and Greg. … Burgettstown first sponsored football in 1911.

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