The final week of regular season football added a few twists and turns to the final district standings, but now teams can begin preparation for the playoffs or put away the equipment.
Richland, which emerged as the lone area team with an unbeaten record (10-0), earned the top seed and will host Penn Cambria on Friday night in the District 6 Class AA playoffs. The Rams downed the Panthers 30-12 in Week 8. The other Class AA game on Friday pits a pair of opponents which just played in Week 10. Ligonier Valley, the second seed, hosts Bald Eagle Area for the second straight week.
On Saturday, No. 6 Forest Hills, winners of five straight, will travel to third-seeded Central of Martinsburg and fourth-seeded Tyrone hosts Cambria Heights, which had its best season since 1997 when they also finished 7-3.
In District 6 Class A, Bellwood-Antis got the top seed and will host Glendale on Friday. The other Friday game has Coal Bowl winner, Northern Cambria, traveling to second-seeded Portage, which has won eight straight since losing to Berlin in Week 2.
On Saturday, No. 6 Bishop McCort plays at third-seeded Penns Manor, which is the defending Class A champ. The other game has Bishop Guilfoyle at Juniata Valley.
In Class AAA, Somerset will travel to Pittsburgh’s Cupples Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday to take on District 8’s University Prep. The winner receives a berth in the subregional against the Punxsutawney/Clearfield winner.
In District 5 Class A, Friday’s matchup features No. 6 Tussey Mountain at third-seeded Windber, which is a tri-champion of the WestPAC. Saturday’s game has a rematch of a Week 6 contest as Shade travels to North Star. The Cougars edged the Panthers 3-0, winning on a Brantley Rice field goal – the only points scored on an unusually muddy Boswell field.
Chestnut Ridge plays Everett on Friday night in a Class AA title game set to be played at Northern Bedford.
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PIAA playoffs open: While some area squads played in sub-regionals to end last week, the PIAA playoffs for soccer and volleyball officially begin on Tuesday.
There are six squads competing in soccer, three girls and three boys teams.
In Class A, the District 6 champion Bishop McCort girls will play District 3-3 York Catholic, which has a familiar face at goalkeeper. Sophomore Hannah Laslo, who helped Richland win a district title last season before moving, will be in goal for the Fighting Irish. Ironically, the game will be played at Richland at 6.
The other girls games feature Conemaugh Township, the District 5 Class A champ, facing WPIAL runner-up Sewickley Academy at 5 p.m. at Somerset and District 6-AA titlist Forest Hills agains WPIAL runner-up Moon at Hollidaysburg at 5.
District 5 Class AA Bedford, which defeated District 9 champ Bradford, 3-1, in a subregional on Saturday, returns to action at Northern Bedford High School Tuesday, taking on 7-2 Mars at 7 p.m.
In Class A boys games, District 5 champion Windber faces District 3 runner-up Biglerville at Somerset at 7 while District 6 champ Bishop McCort, which beat Westmont Hilltop for its second consecutive district title on Saturday, takes on District 7 runner-up Greensburg Central Catholic at Richland at 8.
In volleyball, four teams head into the PIAA playoffs, two in Class A and two in Class AA.
In Class AA, District 5 champ Somerset, which won its subregional on Saturday defeating Bradford in four games and Obama Academy in three, will take on District 10 runner-up Meadville at Shanksville at 7:30 p.m. Penn Cambria, the District 6 champion, draws WPIAL runner-up Hopewell in an 8 p.m. game at Central Cambria.
The Class A first-round game is the opener at Shanksville at 6 p.m. and pits District 5 champ North Star against District 6 runner-up Bishop Carroll.
Quarterfinals for both sports are Saturday with the semifinals on Nov. 13
Soccer finals are Nov. 16-17 at HersheyPark Stadium and volleyball championships are at Central York High School.
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