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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!
 
CLASS ‘AAAA’
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

CLASS ‘AAA’
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.....

CLASS 'AAAA'

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

CLASS 'AAA'

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

CLASS 'AA'

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

CLASS 'A'

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 www.maxpreps.com 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!

Friday, November 20, 2015

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

By P-to-The-Power of 2

One more exit remains on the road to Heinz, for possibly the final time ever for the WPIAL as the expansion will commence in 2016….we move along to the Semifinals…4 teams remain in each classification and only 2 will emerge victorious to continue onto the awful grass of Heinz Field….Last week PToThePowerOf2 became a little more human than normal as we posted a record of 11 victories and had 5 defeats….thus taking the 2015 postseason total to a record of 42 victories and only 6 defeats….95% winning efficiency….and we’ll continue to raise that season total to 117 victories and only 21 defeats….84% winning efficiency…but folks still continue to question the mastery, experience and also in-depth knowledge of PToThePowerOf2….
 
A follower of PToThePowerOf2 met with thee in a local tavern last Saturday to ask the simple question of “Why did you select McKeesport over Penn Trafford?”….Very happy that a follower asked a question, in person, about a great ballgame….Simply put that those two teams were evenly matched….PToThePowerOf2 predicted overtime…which, did occur, just the result went against PToThePowerOf2….if it went the other way, would you ask the question?....
 
Great games await us Friday night….Let’s get to work….preferably not on a stolen bus from Plum Area School District….
 
CLASS ‘AAAA’
 
#2 Penn Trafford Warriors (11-0) vs #3 Pine-Richland Rams (10-1)
 
Friday from Penn Hills. Pine Richland last week defeated Penn Hill, 42-7 and Penn Trafford squeaked past McKeesport, in overtime, 39-32.  Pine Richland continues to lean on the passing ability of Sophomore QB Phil Jurkovec who has thrown for 2,368 yards, rushed for 1,172 yards and has 31 touchdowns. Jurkovec will look for his favorite target in WR Brandon Humphrey who has 7 touchdowns this season. The Rams are putting up an average of 47 points per game. Meanwhile, the Warriors of Penn Trafford enter this contest led by their Senior QB Brett Laffoon who has 2,011 yards passing and has 28 touchdowns. Laffoon will look for WR Tim Vecchio who has 18 touchdown receptions this season, has 904 yards and has 6 of those touchdowns were in the first two weeks of the playoffs. This could be one for the record books….The Warriors and The Rams dialed in for another potential overtime game….a toss of the coin….Penn Trafford hasn’t made the D7 finals since 1997…. A drought that has lasted 18 long years….It will end…..

 
Penn Trafford over Pine Richland
 

#1 Woodland Hills Wolverines (11-0) vs #5 Central Catholic Vikings (10-1)
 
Friday from Fox Chapel. The #1 seed Wolverines of Woodland Hills enter by dismantling Bethel Park, 40-20. The Vikings continued their quest to Heinz by getting revenge at the perfect time, defeating North Allegheny 31-17 at North Hills, where Anthony Morrelli is taking out the trash. This matchup will be fabulous as two fabulous tailbacks will be on display with Central Catholics Ronnie Jones and Woodland Hills’ Miles Sanders. Ronnie Jones has rushed for 1,231 yards and has 15 touchdowns. Miles Sanders has rushed for 1,415 yards and 15 touchdowns and missed 2 weeks this season. A shame that one of these teams must take the early exit from 376, the last time these two teams locked it up was in the 2014 quarterfinals where the Vikings embarrassed the Wolverines, 28-0….another classic….PToThePowerOf2 must stick with his preseason prediction….
 


Central Catholic over Woodland Hills
 

CLASS ‘AAA’
 
#1 Central Valley Warriors (10-1) vs # 4 Mars Planets (10-1)
 
Friday from Ambridge, don’t forget your glock. The defending WPIAL class ‘AAA’ champion Warriors enter into another semifinal appearance by upending Hampton, 42-9. Mars will makes their semifinal appearance by upsetting Ringgold, 35-0. The Planets will be led by QB Sam Morrissey who has 1,129 yards via flight, 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. RB Isaiah Johnson has an impressive 1,654 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns. WR Eli Brooks leads the Planets with 493 yards receiving and has 7 touchdowns. Central Valley will continue to ride their 10 game winning streak in attempts to reach another D7 final with QB Chris Callaghan who has 1,985 yards passing, 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. RB Kyle Vreen has 1,146 yards on the ground with 14 touchdowns and the leading WR of Kurt Reinstadtler has 864 yards and 9 touchdowns. Mars will look to keep the ball out of the hands of the Warrior offense and lean on the clock with long, sustained drives that eat the clock….Mars has never made an appearance in the District final…. PToThePowerOf2 will make another call that will piss off some folks….Ground control to major Tom…..

 Mars over Central Valley
 

# 6 Thomas Jefferson Jaguars (9-2) vs # 7 Franklin Regional Panthers (9-2)
 
Friday from Hempfield. The Panthers of Franklin Regional enter the semifinals by upsetting # 2 Belle Vernon, 28-7. The Jaguars of Thomas Jefferson yet again, enter another semifinal contest by defeating # 3 West Allegheny, 14-0.  The Panthers are led by do-it-all QB Santino Birty who has 795 yards passing, 1,104 yards rushing and has 27 touchdowns. Thomas Jefferson is led by the RB duo of Quinton Hill and Branden Pahanish. Hill has rushed for 1,250 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, averaging 10.5 yards per carry. Well, well, well….all of those who said PToThePowerOf2 was crazy and foolish for still saying that Thomas Jefferson is a contender are all now awake after last week and will be even more awakend after this week….Cherpak & company make their return to Heinz….
 

Thomas Jefferson over Franklin Regional
 

CLASS ‘AA’
 
#1 South Fayette Lions (11-0) vs # 5 Steel Valley Ironmen (10-1)
 
Friday from Peters Township. South Fayette continued their 43 game win streak by crushing Beaver, 54-7. Steel Valley sent Beaver Falls home, 24-18 . South Fayette is led by RB Hunter Hayes who has 1,220 yards rushing with 17 touchdowns. QB Drew Saxton has tossed for 1,393 yards for 26 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. Steel Valley will lean on RB DeWayne Murray who has 1,427 yards rushing and has 24 touchdowns. These two teams met earlier in the season in a Century Conference matchup that witnessed the Lions winning and winning large, by the final of 37-0 on October 9th.  Steel Valley has not made a district championship appereance in 21 years….you can make that 22 now….
 

South Fayette over Steel Valley
 

#6 Freeport Yellowjackets (10-1) vs #2 Aliquippa Quips (11-0)
 
Friday from Seneca Valley. Freeport enters by upsetting Washington, 24-14. Aliquippa continued their dominance of the WPIAL playoffs by crushing Seton-LaSalle, 46-6. Freeport will look to QB Ryan Weigold who has 2,171 yards passing with 28 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. RB Ian Miller who has 1,050 yards with 12 touchdowns. Aliquippa will continue to run the football with powerhouse TB Kaezon Pugh ho has 1,521 yards and 21 touchdowns. Nothing will phase these Quips…they seek revenge….a 3rdmatchup with South Fayette is on cue….
 

Aliquippa over Freeport
 
We must cut this edition short as PToThePowerOf2 must attend a family gathering….We’ll go with our selections for Class ‘A’
 
Clairton over Frazier
North Catholic over Jeanette