Being WPIAL No. 1 seed not always easy
All four top seeds are alive in the WPIAL playoffs, but history says they won’t all leave Heinz Field with gold medals.
There has not been a year in the past decade when all four No. 1 seeds won the titles. So, if that trend holds true, Central Catholic, Montour, Aliquippa and Clairton all won’t be celebrating together.
• During the past 10 years, the WPIAL has crowned 40 football champions. Only 14 were No. 1 seeds. The closest the top seeds came to sweeping was 2007, when Central Catholic, Thomas Jefferson and Jeannette won.
• Serra Catholic left with the 2007 Class A title, making it one of 11 No. 2 seeds to win a title since 2000.
• The other 15 winners were seeded No. 3 or lower. So there’s hope for teams like Freeport (No. 11 seed in AA), Bethel Park (No. 13 in AAAA) or Indiana (No. 9 in AAA).
• A year ago, Greensburg Central Catholic won the Class AA title as the No. 11 seed.
Mars’ Austin Meile set a WPIAL playoff single-game record last Friday when he rushed for 448 yards against Hollidaysburg. There could be much less room to run Friday against a West Allegheny defense led by linebackers Aaron McKinney and C.J. Revtai.
Aliquippa’s Dravon Henry, a freshman tailback, rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns in last Friday’s 41-0 victory over Shady Side Academy. A 5-foot-9, 160-pounder, Henry leads the Quips in rushing with 732 yards and 12 TDs.
There were 18 field goals kicked during WPIAL first-round games, including two apiece by Bishop Canevin’s Jake Schnelbach (33 and 31 yards) and Beaver’s Nathan Mick (25, 24). The day’s longest kick was a 44-yarder by Gateway’s Eric Fitchwell.