Friday, September 2, 2016

W.P.I.A.L. High School Football Predictions: Week 2

Each week from the start of the season until the P.I.A.A. State Finals, Pittsburgh SportsNation will bring you uncensored, no holds barred predictions by our local high school football guru who goes by the moniker “P To The Power of 2”. 

He is one of our underground writers who covers the hard hitting action in W.P.I.A.L. High School Football in Western Pennsylvania. Or is it she...? Either way, we'll never tell!

"You all know what you have to do…..Remember, no one, and I mean no one comes into our house and pushes us around…..this is your game now gentlemen, and for you seniors it’s your last one, so make it count….because you’ll remember it for the rest of your lives…..let’s get em!"

After numerous accounts of outpouring support and emails of disappointment that we were to suspend the 2016 season....We must return for the 2016 campaign!   
So, this season is now upon us, and once again, PToThePowerOf2 returns for another journey along with the young men who will attempt to hoist a PIAA championship trophy in mid-December. And for you haters, another year of eating humble pie! Last season, PToThePowerOf2 finished with a final record, regular season and post season with 149 victories and only 30 defeates, 83%!

Since we did not prepare any previews, We'll just give your our 10 selections for tonight's contests.....

Pine Richland over Mt. Lebanon
Neshannock over North Catholic
Knoch over Blackhawk
Thomas Jefferson over Uniontown
Aliquippa over Beaver Falls
North Allegheny over Bethel Park
McGuffey over Quaker Valley
West Allegheny over Fox Chapel
Clairton over Bishop Canevin
Central Valley over Ellwood City - 0-2 since November for the freeloaders from Center Township? Still sting from that waxing at Heinz courtesy of the TJ Jags? 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

P-TO-THE-POWER-OF-2's PIAA High School Football Predictions- STATE SEMI-FINALS

Each week from the start of the season until the P.I.A.A. State Finals, Pittsburgh SportsNation will bring you uncensored, no holds barred predictions by our local high school football guru who goes by the moniker “P To The Power of 2”. He is one of our underground writers who covers the hard hitting action in W.P.I.A.L. High School Football in Western Pennsylvania. Or is it she...? Either way, we'll never tell!

Here we now are, how quickly we have arrived to the PIAA State SemiFinals….The Final 4 of each classification….only 8 teams of the 16 will advance to Pennsylvania’s version of “Title-Town” which we call “Chocolate-Town”….Hershey!....Last week PToThePowerOf2 posted a PIAA Quarterfinal record of 11 victories and only 5 losses….taking the 2015 postseason total to a record of 68 victories and only 14 defeats, 82% and then the 2015 total campaign to 143 victories and only 29 defeats, 83%...and  you clowns continue to doubt the expertise of PToThePowerOf2….we move along now….excellent contests await us this weekend….as always….Let’s Get To Work!
District 1 Champion Upper Dublin Cardinals (14-0) vs District 11 Champion Parkland Trojans (13-1)
This contest will take place on Saturday, the 11th at 1:00pm from Souderton High school.  The Upper Dublin Cardinals took down North Penn last week by the score of 46 to 21 and the Trojans of Parkland defeated LaSalle, 16 to 13. The Cardinals will look to QB Ryan Stover who has thrown for 2,291 yards this season and has thrown for 26 touchdowns and only has thrown 6 interceptions. Cardinals RB Kaleif Lee has rushed for 1,024 yards and has crossed into the endzone 19 times. A trio of wide receivers will be the target of Mr. Stover with WR’s Jack Rapine, Danny Boggs and Cole Swiger who have combined for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. Might not seem like much, but the Cardinals can pass the rock. Parkland enters with a D1 size offensive line averaging 6’3, 275lbs. Led by dual threat QB Devante Cross who has rushed for 1,343 yards, thrown for 2,294 yards and has 21 touchdowns. The Trojans are averaging 30 points per game.  PToThePowerOf2 sais…..

Parkland over Upper Dublin

District 7 Champion Central Catholic Vikings (14-1) vs District 3 Champion Cumberland Valley Eagles (13-2)
Another Saturday contest to take place at 1:00pm from Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona…aka, The Bone Yard…Central Catholic enters by defeating State College, 19-3. Cumberland Valley won in the 7th overtime, on a 2point conversion to defeat Central Dauphin, 62-61.  The Eagles of Cumberland Valley are led by QB Josh Ferguson who has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 911 yards. Eagles RB Joey Heikel has rushed for 956 yards and has 14 touchdowns. Central Catholic is led by RB Ronnie Jones who has 1,352 yards and has 17 touchdowns. Vikings QB Troy Fisher has thrown for 13 touchdowns and has 1,212 yards. PToThePowerOf2 sais that the 7 overtimes from last weekend will hurt the eagles….hangover…

Central Catholic over Cumberland

District 10 Champion Erie Cathedral Prep Ramblers (13-1) vs District 3 Champion Bishop McDevitt Crusaders (13-1)
From EJ Mansell Stadium in DuBois, where Michael Jackson is buried….Friday night at 7pm.  The Ramblers of Cathedral Prep enter by defeating Thomas Jefferson, 28 to 21 last week. The Crusaders defeated Susquehanna, 33-19. Cathedral Prep is led by QB Joseph Mischler who has thrown for 1,004 yards and has 16 touchowns on the season. The 3 headed monster of tailbacks are Ta’nauz Gregory, Sullivan Johnson and Chris Muldrew who have combined for over 2,300 yards and 29 touchdowns. The Crusaders will look to counter with their QB Tayvon Bowers who has thrown for 3,224 yards and 39 touchdowns. RB Michael Jones has rushed for 1,453 yards with 18 touchdowns. Bishop McDevitt will also lean on WR Kobay White who has 1,240 yards receiving and has 13 touchdowns. This game will become a trench war. A toss up….PToThePowerOf2 sais....

Bishop McDevitt over Erie Cathedral Prep

District 2 Champion Saucon Valley Panthers (14-0) vs District 12 Champion IMHOTEP Charter Panthers (13-0)
Friday night, 7:00pm from Bethlehem High school. Saucon Valley enters by defeating Selinsgrove 35 to 7. IMHOTEP defeated Academy Park, 46 to 16. Saucon Valley will look to star RB Evan Culliver who has amassed an amazing 2,861 yards this season with 45 touchdowns. QB Zach Thatcher has thrown for 1,110 yards with 13 touchdowns. IMHOTEP shook up the bracket two weeks ago by taking down the goliath of class AAA, defeating Archbishop Wood, 20-14. Well, the list begins with the 6-foot-5, 337-pound offensive lineman Yasir Durant, the four-star recruit who holds 20 Division I offers, including ones from Auburn, Michigan, Oklahoma, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. Then there’s the 6-foot-3, 193-pound defensive end/linebacker, Shaka Toney who is verbally committed to Penn State .Not to be outdone is the 6-foot-2, 238-pound tight end Nashir Upshur, another four-star recruit bound for Florida State. The 5-foot-9 running, 170-pound RB Tyliek Raynor is headed to Arizona. That’s only getting started, there is the 6-foot-5, 272-pound offensive lineman, Jahmir Johnson, with offers from Illinois and Temple, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive end, Andre Mintz, with offers from Army, Duke and Pittsburgh, the 6-foot-6, 338-pound offensive lineman, Johncarlo Valentine, being recruited by Arizona State, Rutgers, Texas Tech and North Carolina, only to name a few, the 6-foot-7, 342-pound offensive lineman Justin Johnson with an offer from Texas Tech, by the way, he’s only a sophomore!...And a 5-foot-10, 180-pound safety, Justin Harris, another sophomore, already with offers from Temple and Wisconsin. Good luck…..PToThePowerOf2 sais…

IMHOTEP over Saucon Valley
Class ‘AA’
District 7 Champion Aliquippa Quips (14-0) vs District 6 Champion Central Martinsburg Dragons (13-1)
Friday, 7:00pm from Hempfield High school. Aliquippa enters by escaping Karns City, 27-17. Central Martinsburg defeated Hickory, 30-21. Dragons QB Noah Benton has thrown for 2,086 yards and has 23 touchdowns this season. RB Alex Hoenstine has rushed for 1,408 yards, has 670 yards receiving and has 38 touchdowns. WR Justin Helsel has 932 yards receiving with 10 touchdowns. Aliquippa will look to star RB Kaezon Pugh who has rushed for 2,185 yards with 31 touchdowns. QB Sheldon Jeter has tossed the rock for 1,473 yards and has 28 touchdowns. PToThePowerOf2 will continue to ride his favorite team…

Aliquippa over Central Martinsburg
District 12 Champion West Catholic Burrs (11-4) vs District 4 Champion Southern Columbia Tigers (14-0)
Saturday, 1:00pm from Northern Leigh High school…West Catholic enters by defeating Dunmore, 28-10. Southern Columbia defeated Berks Catholic, 34-21. West Catholic spread offense will be lead by QB Josh Evans who has thrown for 2,504 yards and has 24 touchdowns. TB Calil Wortham has rushed for 902 yards. WR Craig Jones is averaging 28.6 yards per catch. Southern Columbia will counter the aerial assault from West Catholic with their trio of backs. Tigers RB Hunter Thomas has rushed for 1,457 yards and has 23 touchdowns. RB Blake Marks has 994 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. FB Jared Torres has 901 yards and 14 touchdowns. A close one, Southern Columbia gets it done….PToThePowerOf2 sais 

Southern Columbia over West Catholic
Class ‘A’
Berlin over Farrell
Bishop Guilfoyle over Old Forge
See yous next week for the FINALS! 

Friday, December 4, 2015

P-TO-THE-POWER-OF-2's PIAA High School Football Predictions- STATE QUARTER-FINALS

Each week from the start of the season until the P.I.A.A. State Finals, Pittsburgh SportsNation will bring you uncensored, no holds barred predictions by our local high school football guru who goes by the moniker “P To The Power of 2”. He is one of our underground writers who covers the hard hitting action in W.P.I.A.L. High School Football in Western Pennsylvania. Or is it she...? Either way, we'll never tell!

By P-to-The-Power of 2

Onto the Quarterfinals of the PIAA tonight. Last week, we posted a record of 9-1 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. Going 4-0 in the district 7 finals....thus raising the 2015 postseason total to 57 victories and 9 losses, a winning percentage of 86%.....this also raising the 2015 season total to 132 victories and only suffering 24 defeats....taking the winning percentage to 84%.....

As other duties have PToThePowerOf2 obligated, we are only available to give you selections for this week.....we hope to see you again next week for game-by-game previews.....Here are the selections for tonight's contests.....


Central Catholic over State College
Central Dauphin over Cumberland Valley
LaSalle over Parkland
Upper Dublin over North Penn 


Cathedral Prep over Thomas Jefferson
IMHOTEP Charter over Academy Park
Saucon Valley over Selinsgrove
Bishop McDevitt (AAA) over Susquehanna


Aliquippa over Karns City
Hickory over Central Martinsburg
Dunmore over West Catholic
Southern Columbia over Berks Catholic


Clairton over Berlin Brothersvalley
Farrell over Kane
Bishop Guilfoyle over Camp Hill
Old Forge over Bishop McDevitt (A)

Friday, November 27, 2015

P-TO-THE-POWER-OF-2's W.P.I.A.L. High School Football Predictions- FINALS

Full of Thanksgiving leftovers…..Here we are, the WPIAL District 7 Finals, for the final time, from Heinz Field….for those of you who are one dimensional assclowns and do not know your own district number….Last week we posted a record of 6 victories and only 2 defeats….thus taking the 2015 postseason total to 48 victories and only 8 defeats, 85%….the 2015 campaign total now stands at 123 victories and 23 defeats, 84%....
Last season, PToThePowerOf2 posted a 2-2 record at Ketchup Bottle on the North Shore for the D7 finals….this season, PToThePowerOf2 aims for the sweep….
We also will make a few selections on other district championship matchups as well this week, since most of my largest critics have to call me or tweet to me online @PToThePowerOf2, to find out what occurred outside of the district.  True football fans you are…..
Welcome back to my friends and followers around the commonwealth! So nice to have you back for another trip on the PIAA football playoff train. 
Cannot attend the games live or watch them on Root Sports? Follow us, live from the North Shore on for live up to date scoring. 
As we always say, Let’s Get To Work….
CLASS ‘A’ Championship - #1 Clairton Bears (12-0) vs #3 Jeannette Jayhawks (11-1) – 11:00am Saturday
Another collision of these two highly talented teams will get the party started on Saturday….The Bears blasted the Jayhawks in week 6 of the regular season by the score of 56-29. The Jayhawks last week upended North Catholic 22-14 and the Bears embarrassed Frazier, 56-15.  Jayhawks will look to QB Gio Vonne Sanders who has 1,478 yards and has 14 touchdowns on the season. Jayhawks RB Kareem Hall will play a major role if the Jayhawks look to upset the Bears. The Bears however are yet again on Heinz Field turf seeking their 8th title in 10 years. Clairton duo Lamont Wade and Harrison Dreher are a nightmare to contend with as these two have combined for 2,000 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns. Clairton is averaging a staggering 59 points per game and has outscored their playoff foes in this year’s campaign 172 to 42. PToThePowerOf2 must stay with the preseason champion.

Clairton over Jeannette
CLASS ‘AA’ Championship - #1 South Fayette Lions (12-0) vs #2 Aliquippa Quips (12-0) – 5:00pm Saturday
Dejavu? Not likely, just another D7 title on the line for the same 2 teams that have dominated Class ‘AA’ for the past 3 seasons.  A third rematch of these two powerhouses. South Fayette last week squeaked past AA foe Steel Valley, 27-19. Aliquippa meanwhile destroyed Cinderella Freeport, 36-14. Last season the Lions defeated the Quips enroute to their second WPIAL title and back-to-back PIAA championship, 31-22. South Fayette is riding a 44 game win streak dating back 2 seasons. Lions Sophomore QB Drew Saxton leads the way for the offense attack, this season he has 1,546 yards passing with 27 touchdowns. The Lions will rely on their ground attack to setup the passing game with RB Hunter Hayes who has over 1,200 yards on the season and has over 15 touchdowns. South Fayette’s defense has only allowed an average of 8.3 points per game. Aliquippa seeks revenge entering this contest, revenge of 2 failed opportunities. RB Kaezon Pugh leads the Quips into battle with 1,829 yards rushing with 27 touchdowns. Aliquippa has made a home away from home at Heinz Field. The Quips are looking for their record 17th WPIAL Championship. A team playing for #24 strong. It will take more than a 44 game win streak to get in their way.

Aliquippa over South Fayette
CLASS ‘AAA’ Championship - #1 Central Valley Warriors (11-1) vs #6 Thomas Jefferson Jaguars (10-2) – 8:00pm Saturday
The AAA championship looks to be a good one from Heinz on Saturday in the finale of the WPIAL contests to ever be played at Heinz.  Central Valley enters by barely beating Mars last week, 48-41. Thomas Jefferson rolled Franklin Regional, 34-21.  Warriors QB Chris Callaghan has 2,300 yards passing with 14 touchdowns on the season. The Warriors look to repeat to make it a back-to-back after defeating parkway rival West Allegheny last season to give them their 3rd WPIAL title. Standing in their way is the 5 time WPIAL champion Thomas Jefferson Jaguars who got off to an 0-2 start this season with losses to Ringgold and Belle Vernon. RB Quinton Hill has over 1,300 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. The Jaguars have outscored their opponents since week three by the score of 389-69 and have pitched 5 shutouts. A 7 year drought will come to a close for TJ. Title number 6 on deck for Bill Cherpak & Company.

Thomas Jefferson over Central Valley
CLASS ‘AAAA’ Championship - #2 Penn-Trafford Warriors (12-0) vs #5 Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings (11-1) – 2:00pm Saturday
Once Class ‘A’ is finished, the stands will pack full of AAAA fans and alumni to watch a classic from the awful turf at Heinz. The Central Catholic Vikings vs The Penn Trafford Warriors. Penn Trafford enters by winning another thriller by dethroning the 2014 champions, Pine Richland, 38 to 34. Central Catholic took Woodland Hills to the woodshed by the final tally of 24-6. Central Catholic will seek their 5th WPIAL Championship on Saturday with QB Troy Fisher taking the snaps. Fisher has 1,140 yards passing with 14 touchdowns on the season. The Vikings have a dynamic RB in division 1 recruit Ronnie Jones who has 18 touchdowns with 1,259 yards rushing. Penn Trafford ended its drought of D7 final appearances and now look to QB Brett Laffoon to get them their first title. Laffoon has thrown for an amazing 2,304 yards with 31 touchdowns. WR Timmy Vecchio has over 1,000 yards receiving and has 20 touchdown receptions. RB Jonah Lisbon has over 1,000 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns. A balanced offense that can score quickly….but they haven’t seen a defense this big and this fast up front with the Vikings. 
Pittsburgh Central Catholic over Penn-Trafford 
 As for the others….
Class ‘AA’ – District 10 Final: Hickory over Sharon
Class ‘AA’ – District 6 Final: Central over Juniata
Class ‘AA’ – District 4 Final: Southern Columbia over Montoursville
Class ‘AAA’ – District 10 Final: Erie Cathedral Prep over Conneaut
Class ‘AAA’ – District 3 SemiFinal: Bishop McDevitt over Solanco
Class ‘AAA’ – District 12 Final: Archbishop Wood over Imhotep Charter
See yous next week for the State Quarterfinals!