PIAA Class A Quarterfinal Predictions

A.J. Long

It's PIAA Quarterfinals time in Pennsylvania this weekend and here are our predictions.

PIAA Class A Western Quarterfinals

 

Sharpsville (12-0) vs. Port Allegany (11-1)

N. Kerr Thompson Stadium @ Slippery Rock University

12/2  7:00 p.m.

Sharpsville always has a decent program and if a team comes out of the region it has earned its way through. Port Allegany has played the less impressive schedule of the two teams.

PREDICTION:  Sharpsville 21, Port Allegany 14

 

Clairton (13-0) vs. North Star (10-1)

Cougar Mountain Stadium @ Yough High School

12/2  7:00 p.m.

As much as I'd like to route for the local D-5 team I need to pick with my brain and not my heart. This one could get ugly. The West Pac champions are not built to compete with Clairton, especially not this season. The Strasiser brothers are impressive senior quarterback Max to his (6-5) junior wide receiver brother Tony, but good luck to the Cougars trying to block the Bears defensive line. Clairton has athletes all over the field, but the biggest of them all is Mr. Everything junior Tyler Boyd. Boyd has outscored a lot of the teams in the state by himself. The Bears have scored an impressive 596 points in 13 games.

PREDICTION: Clairton 42, North Star 13

PIAA Western Final  Clairton vs. Sharpsville

 

PIAA Class A Eastern Quarterfinals

Pius X (12-1) vs. Southern Columbia (12-1)

Andrew S. Leh Stadium @ Nazareth High School

12/2  7:00 p.m.

Pius X is led by a talented group of underclassmen in sophomore quarterback A.J. Long and junior athlete DuBois Ross. Southern Columbia has been impressive, especially without talented senior Tyrell Thomas who suffered a torn ACL on the first day of camp. I know I should not pick against Jim Roth and his experience in the state playoffs, but I got a feeling about the Royals.

PREDICTION: Pius X 28, Southern Columbia 21

 

Penns Manor (11-1) vs. Columbia (7-5)

Hershey Park Stadium

12/3 12:00 p.m.

I'm sorry, but who the heck comes up with a neutral site three hours from Penns Manor and 30 minutes or so from Columbia? If I am Bill Packer I'm madder than a nest of hornets and I use that to motivate my kids. Good luck to Columbia trying to stop junior quarterback Danny Ferens. You'd have better luck running into a cornfield and trying to corral a whitetail. The kid can flat out fly and has a chance to surpass 2,000 yards rushing. I am a D-6 guy at heart and I'm picking the local Indiana County boys in this one. How does Penns Manor end up in the East by the way? Columbia does have Mike Burke one of the most talented receivers in the state. Burke is as talented as they come and he tore up the 7-on-7 circuit this summer.

PREDICTION: Penns Manor 24, Columbia 12

PIAA Class A Eastern Final  Pius X vs. Penns Manor

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