Last Updated: Mon Oct 31, 2022 - 1:51AM
The WPIAL football committee released its playoff brackets on Saturday, as the 11 Westmoreland County participants learned their postseason fate. The Class 4A-1A champions will be crowned at Acrisure Stadium on Friday, Nov. 25, while 6A and 5A championship games will be held on Nov. 19 at Norwin High School.
In Class 5A, Franklin Regional and Penn-Trafford are in the field. The Panthers (6-3, 4-1), who tied for first place but won the tiebreaker atop the Big East Conference, garnered the No. 3 seed, and will host No. 6 Woodland Hills on Friday at 7 p.m. The Warriors (6-4, 3-2), meanwhile, earned one of the wild card berths courtesy of their third-place finish in the Big East Conference, and will play at second-seeded Pine-Richland on Friday at 7 p.m.
Greater Latrobe is the only county team in the Class 4A bracket. The Wildcats (6-4, 3-3) finished fourth in the Big Seven Conference, and received the No. 11 seed. As a result, GL will play at No. 6 Highlands on Friday at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to face No. 3 Thomas Jefferson.
In Class 3A, three Westmoreland teams litter the field. Belle Vernon Area (7-2, 5-0) took first in the Interstate Conference, and received the top seed in the bracket. As a result, the Leopards received a bye to the quarterfinals. Mount Pleasant Area (6-4, 3-2) finished third in the Interstate, and was seeded eighth, earning a home matchup against No. 9 East Allegheny on Friday at 7 p.m. The victorious team will play BVA the following week. Additionally, Southmoreland (4-6, 2-3) finished fourth in the Interstate and was seeded No. 12, as the Scotties will play at fifth-seeded West Mifflin Area on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Class 2A bracket includes both Ligonier Valley and Burrell. The Rams (7-3, 5-2), who tied for second but lost the tiebreaker in the Allegheny Conference, garnered the No. 7 seed, and will play as the home team against No. 10 Western Beaver at Offutt Field in Greensburg on Friday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to face second-seeded Beaver Falls in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers (6-4, 3-4) came in fifth in the Allegheny, and received the No. 13 seed. As a result, Burrell will play No. 4 Neshannock on Friday at 7 p.m.
Lastly, a trio of county teams qualified in Class 1A. Greensburg Central Catholic (8-2, 6-0), which finished atop the Eastern Conference, was seeded third, and will play No. 14 Rochester at Hempfield Area High School on Friday at 7 p.m. Monessen (6-4, 5-2) received the No. 11 seed and will play at sixth-seeded Fort Cherry on Friday at 7 p.m. Jeannette (3-7, 3-3) came in fourth in the Eastern Conference, and received the No. 16 seed. Consequently, the Jayhawks will face top-seeded Bishop Canevin at Peters Township High School on Friday at 7 p.m.
WPIAL High School Football Playoff Brackets