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TribLive state rankings: 4 WPIAL teams among those in final 24

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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Aliquippa’s Avante McKenzie carries past Derry’s Justin Flack during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Heinz Field.

Whether you are a fan of your local district team or you like to know what’s going on in high school football around Pennsylvania, the TribLive High School Sports Network has you covered this fall. We rank the top WPIAL teams in each class every Sunday and follow up with our PIAA state rankings every Monday during the high school football season.

The final PIAA rankings of the year lose a team from Top 5 to Fab 4 entering the state semifinals.

Only 5A and 4A rankings lost more than the one mandatory team from the quarterfinals.

Twenty-four teams remain in the hunt for a PIAA championship.

There are 12 districts in the PIAA but only four have multiple teams heading into the final four.

The WPIAL (D-7) has five teams left, and District 1, District 3 and District 10 have four each.

Districts 1 and 2 each have two teams left and Districts 4, 6 and 11 are down to one team in search for state gold in Hershey in two weeks.

Here is the PIAA Top Five in each of the six classifications heading into Week 14. Their ranking from last week is the number in parentheses after their record.

Class 6A

1. St. Joseph’s Prep (11-0) (1): The Hawks beat Bethlehem Freedom, 49-14. On Saturday, they face No. 4 Pine-Richland in the PIAA semifinals.

2. Coatesville (14-0) (2): The Red Raiders beat North Penn, 42-13. On Saturday, they face No. 3 Harrisburg in the PIAA semifinals.

3. Harrisburg (12-1) (3): The Cougars had a PIAA quarterfinals bye. On Saturday, they face No. 2 Coatesville in the PIAA semifinals.

4. Pine-Richland (11-2) (4): The defending PIAA champion Rams beat State College, 56-33. On Saturday, they face No. 1 St. Joseph’s Prep in the PIAA semifinals.

Out: North Penn

Class 5A

1. Manheim Central (14-0) (1): The Barons beat Cocalico, 48-14. On Friday, they face No. 4 Upper Dublin in the PIAA semifinals.

2. Penn Hills (14-0) (2): The Indians beat West Allegheny, 28-18. On Friday, they face No. 3 Archbishop Wood in the PIAA semifinals.

3. Archbishop Wood (10-3) (3): The Vikings beat Hollidaysburg, 38-7. On Friday, they face No. 2 Penn Hills in the PIAA semifinals.

4. Upper Dublin (13-1) (NR): The Cardinals beat West Chester Rustin, 35-28. On Friday, they face No. 1 Manheim Central in the PIAA semifinals.

Out: Cocalico, West Allegheny

Class 4A

1. Bishop McDevitt (13-1) (1): The Crusaders beat Berks Catholic, 41-31. On Friday, they face No. 3 Cathedral Prep in the PIAA semifinals.

2. Imhotep Charter (10-2) (3): The Panthers beat Valley View, 37-9. On Friday, they face No. 4 Bethlehem Catholic in the PIAA semifinals.

3. Cathedral Prep (11-3) (4): The defending PIAA champion Ramblers beat South Fayette, 42-10. On Friday, they face No. 1 Bishop McDevitt in the PIAA semifinals.

4. Bethlehem Catholic (11-3) (NR): The Hawks beat Pottsgrove, 58-20. On Friday, they face No. 2 Imhotep Charter in the PIAA semifinals game.

Out: Valley View, South Fayette

Class 3A

1. Aliquippa (12-1) (2): The Quips had a PIAA quarterfinals bye. On Saturday, they face No. 4 Sharon in a PIAA semifinals game you can hear on Trib HSSN.

2. Middletown (12-1) (3): The Blue Raiders beat Conwell-Egan Catholic, 21-14. On Friday, they face No. 3 Scranton Prep in the PIAA semifinals.

3. Scranton Prep (13-1) (4): The Cavaliers beat Montoursville, 45-7. On Friday, they face No. 2 Middletown in the PIAA semifinals.

4. Sharon (10-3) (5): The Tigers beat Bald Eagle, 28-7. On Saturday, they face No. 1 Aliquippa in a PIAA semifinals game you can hear on Trib HSSN.

Out: Conwell-Egan Catholic

Class 2A

1. Southern Columbia (14-0) (1): The defending PIAA champion Tigers beat York Catholic, 56-23. On Friday, they face No. 3 West Catholic in the PIAA semifinals.

2. Wilmington (12-1) (2): The Greyhounds beat Brockway, 56-14. On Friday, they face No. 4 Steel Valley in the PIAA semifinals.

3. West Catholic (12-2) (4): The Burrs beat Richland, 35-7. On Friday, they face No. 1 Southern Columbia in the PIAA semifinals.

4. Steel Valley (12-1) (5): The Ironmen beat South Side Beaver, 48-6. On Friday, they face No. 2 Wilmington in the PIAA semifinals.

Out: York Catholic

Class A

1. Farrell (13-0) (1): The Steelers beat Coudersport, 48-6. On Friday, they face No. 2 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the PIAA semifinals.

2. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (12-1) (2): The Chargers had a PIAA quarterfinals bye. On Friday, they face Farrell in the PIAA semifinals.

3. Lackawanna Trail (13-1) (4): The Lions beat Halifax, 28-6. On Friday, they face No. 4 Juniata Valley in the PIAA semifinals.

4. Juniata Valley (11-2) (5): The Hornets beat United, 36-20. On Friday, they face No. 3 Lackawanna Trail in the PIAA semifinals.

Out: Smethport

Don Rebel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Don at [email protected] or via Twitter @TheDonRebel.

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