PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal Predictions
Noah Spence
Noah Spence
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 2, 2011
Bob Lichtenfels

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

PIAA Class AAA Western Quarterfinals


Bishop McDevitt (11-2) vs. Lampeter-Strasburg (12-1)

Hershey Park Stadium

12/2  7:00 p.m.

Outside of a shocking opening day defeat to Class AAAA Gateway and a defensive battle with Cumberland Valley, the Crusaders have been on a roll. The defense is lead by Scout.com's No. 1 rated defensive end Noah Spence and Maryland commitment Brock Dean. Junior Alec Warner has developed into a threat in the passing game at quarterback (2,976/26 TD's). He has a talented paid of receivers in senior Shawn Seif (833/6 TD's) and highly touted junior Brian Lemelle (1,307/12 TD's). The ground game is a running back by committee with freshman Andre Robinson (685/14 TD's), sophomore Rashad Lawson (825/14 TD's) and junior Darnell Holland (524/8 TD's). Lampeter-Strasburg has played a weaker schedule and was beaten handily by Cedar Cliff. The Crusaders dominated Cedar Cliff.

PREDICTION:  Bishop McDevitt 35, Lampeter-Strasburg 12


Montour (11-2) vs. Grove City (11-0)

Carl Newman Stadium @ North Allegheny High School

12/2  7:00 p.m.

This could be the most difficult game to handicap of the entire quarterfinal round in any classification. Grove City stunned a lot of people last week, including myself with their 33-0 destruction of Erie Cathedral Prep. Grove City likes to run the ball they have seven backs with more than 200 yards rushing on the season. Their season total of 3,765 yards and 71 touchdowns is borderline ridiculous. Their main back is fireplug Wes Phipps (1,269/28 TD's). Phipps is headed to Penn State on a wrestling scholarship. The Eagles also feature an opportunistic defense that has recorded (37) takeaways. If Grove City has a weakness it is their passing attack, senior Tyler Dagres has completes less than 50% of his passes this season. Not much need to throw when you average 342 yards per game on the ground. Grove City likely hasn't seen a passing attack like Montour led by senior quarterback Dillon Buechel (2,313/36 TD's) or receivers like senior Darren Massey (861/16 TD's) and junior Devin Wilson (754/10 TD's). The Spartans also feature one of the states best backs in Julian Durden (1,876/25 TD's). The Montour offensive line usually has a size advantage, but this game may be different as the Eagles feature sophomore center Shaun Smoker (6-3/330) and  senior tackle Jordan Patterson (6-6/310).


PREDICTION: Grove City 28, Montour 21


PIAA Class AAA  Eastern Quarterfinals

Archbishop Wood (11-1) vs. Pottsgrove (11-2)

Charles Martin Memorial Stadium @ Northeast High School

12/2  7:00 p.m.

Wood hasn't been tested much outside of their season opening controversial loss to Pittsburgh Central Catholic. The is no secret Wood likes to run the ball with their D-I running backs Desmon Peoples (495/9 TD's) who is headed to Rutgers and Brandon Peoples (395/10 TD's). The secret is the line that consists of Boston College bound Frank Taylor, Rutgers bound Brandon Arcidiacono and tight end Colin Thompson who is headed to Florida. If they have to throw it will be to two-way star Nate Smith who is headed to West Virginia or junior Benji Abercrombie. Pottsgrove will run first and run second and they have been successful running for 3,780 yards on the season led by junior Tory Hudgins (1,037/24 TD's), junior Mark Dukes (927/10 TD's) and senior Robby Curtin (820/12 TD's).

PREDICTION: Archbishop Wood 28, Pottsgrove 14



Shamokin (6-7) vs. Allentown Central Catholic (8-5)

Silver Bowl @ Mount Carmel High School

12/2 7:00 p.m.

I've been asked several times how did Shamokin make the quarterfinals and I honestly don't have an answer. They have a losing record and they have been outscored 310-266 on the season. They run a lot of odd sets from a single wing and they swarm on defense. The Vikings were expected to dominate everyone and offensively they have done well, but anyone who saw the ACC vs. Valley View game knows that the defense is suspect. The Vikings gave up 531 yards rushing in that game, but South Carolina bound quarterback Brendan Nosovitch threw for 484 yards and eight touchdowns that game. For the season his numbers are insane (3,219/33 TD's). He has also accounted for (841/14 TD's) on the ground. His main targets are senior Kevin Gulyas (1,777/24 TD's) and senior Jalen Snyder-Scipio (980/8 TD's).


PREDICTION: Allentown Central Catholic 42,  Shamokin 28

PIAA Class AAA Eastern Final  Allentown Central Catholic vs. Archbishop Wood

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