PIAA Class AA Western Quarterfinals
Tyrone (12-1) vs. Hickory (11-1)
Mansion Park in Altoona
12/2 7:00 p.m.
If you haven't see Hickory junior running back DeShawn Coleman yet and you're close to Altoona, you may want to come on out and see this kid play. I didn't know about him until about a month ago when Ohio State lineman Mike Adams told me about him. Adams grew up in nearby Farrell, before relocating to Dublin, Ohio. Adams was right this kid is the truth. he is the best player I have seen at Hickory, since former Kansas State and NFL standout Andre Coleman. Coleman has run for 2,237 yards and 31 touchdowns this season. Tyrone will counter with talented quarterback Steve Franco who is committed to Akron. Coach John Franco always has his team prepared. This should be a good one.
PREDICTION: Hickory 35, Tyrone 21
Moniteau (12-0) vs. Aliquippa (13-0)
Memorial Stadium @ Clarion University
12/2 7:00 p.m.
Again, who comes up with these sites. Moniteau makes the short trek to Clarion and Aliquippa travels. I don't think it is going to matter in this one. Moniteau has likely not seen athletes the caliber of what the Quips will be playing with. The Quips can beat you on the ground with sophomore backs Dravon Henry and Terry Swanson or via the air behind the arm of senior quarterback Mikal Hall. All kidding aside senior Kyle Armagost is a legit threat as a dual-threat quarterback he has thrown for 2,029 yards and 24 touchdowns. On the ground he has been equally impressive running for 1,266 yards and 20 touchdowns. To top it off, he has also recorded over 100 tackles on defense. Junior linebacker Andrew Armagost is a D-I prospect and he has tallied over 150 tackles on the season.
PREDICTION: Aliquippa 28, Moniteau 21
PIAA Class AA Western Final Hickory vs. Aliquippa
PIAA Class AA Eastern Quarterfinals
Lancaster Catholic (13-0) vs. Mount Carmel (12-1)
Kemp Memorial Stadium @ Shamokin High School
12/3 12:00 p.m.
Lancaster Catholic is expected to win the state championship this year and I don't disagree with that. The Crusaders feature two 1,000-yard backs in senior Brandon Hollister (1,388/23 TD's) and junior D-I prospect Roman Clay (1,571/29 TD's). They can also hurt you through the air if needed senior quarterback Andrew Dzurik has thrown for more than 1,500 yards and has two receivers with more than 30 receptions. The Crusaders have scored an astonishing 607 points this season. The offensive line for the Crusaders isn't too shabby either led by Northwestern commit Adam DePietro who is a four-star and ranked as the nation's No. 10 rated guard by Scout.com. Oddly enough, the Red Tornadoes also feature two 1,000-yard backs in senior Cody Shustack (1,039/14 TD's) and senior Meyrick Lamb (1,339/17 TD's). It isn't often that you find a high school game featuring four backs who have run for more than 1,000 yards.
PREDICTION: Lancaster Catholic 42, Mount Carmel 21
West Catholic (9-3) vs. Pen Argyl (13-0)
South Philadelphia Sports Complex
12/3 12:00 p.m.
West Catholic may not be as good as they have been in past years, but they have experience and they have one of the best junior running backs in the nation in David Williams (1,484/16 TD's), along with senior dual threat quarterback Jaleel Reed. The Burrs lost their first three games to Roman Catholic, Archbishop Wood and LaSalle, before reeling off nine straight wins. Newsflash Wood will likely win Class AAA and LaSalle has a shot to win AAAA. The Green Knights have an impressive record and a solid defense, but against a lower level of competition. They have a balanced offense led on the ground by senior running back Dylan Evans (1,948/28 TD's) and the arm of senior quarterback Conor Gum (1,042/14 TD's).
PREDICTION: West Catholic 21, Pen Argyl 14
PIAA Class AA Eastern Final Lancaster Catholic vs. West Catholic