WPIAL releases high school football playoff brackets Saturday

First round games to begin Friday; Norwin will host 6A championship

Sat Oct 30, 2021 - 8:32PM

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Last Updated: Mon Nov 01, 2021 - 5:49PM

When the WPIAL high school football playoffs commence next Friday, there will be nine Westmoreland County schools competing for a WPIAL championship. Penn-Trafford, Belle Vernon, Franklin Regional, Greensburg Central Catholic, Monessen, Ligonier Valley, Southmoreland, Mount Pleasant and Burrell all received post-season berths when the district revealed its brackets on Saturday.

In Class 5A, Penn-Trafford earned the No. 2 seed and will receive a bye in the first round. The Warriors will play the winner of No. 7 Upper St. Clair and No. 10 Fox Chapel in the quarterfinals on Friday, November 12th at Warrior Stadium. Also in the classification, Franklin Regional is seeded 12th and will play at No. 5 Penn Hills in the opening round on Friday at 7 p.m.

Undefeated Belle Vernon was rightfully awarded the top seed in Class 4A which includes a bye in the first round. The Leopards are slated to play the winner of No. 8 Highlands and No. 9 New Castle on Friday, November 12th at James Weir Stadium.

Three Westmoreland County teams will battle in Class 3A starting with sixth-seeded Mount Pleasant. The Vikings will host No. 11 Burrell on Friday at Viking Stadium at 7 p.m. Elsewhere, Southmoreland earned the No. 8 seed and will welcome No. 9 East Allegheny to Russ Grimm Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.

In Class 2A, Ligonier Valley clinched a playoff spot with a convincing 48-22 victory over Apollo-Ridge to finish the regular season. The No.9 Rams will travel to No. 8 South Side on Friday at 7 p.m.

Finally in Class 1A, No. 8 Greensburg Central Catholic will battle No. 9 OLSH at Hempfield Area High School in the first round on Friday at 7 p.m. The Centurions will be without a number of starters due to the transfer rule. Monessen picked up the No. 15 seed and will challenge second-seeded Cornell on Friday at West Allegheny at 7 p.m.

The WPIAL championship games are returning to Heinz Field this season for five classifications and will be held on November 26th and 27th. The Class 6A final is set for a week earlier, at Norwin High School, at 7 p.m.