WPIAL Class A Pairings and Predictions

Scout.com takes a closer look at the WPIAL Class AA first-round playoff pairings for this weekend. All games will begin at 7:30 p.m.

WPIAL Class A:


Cornell at Clairton

**Cornell has lost two games by a total of three points. Their other two losses were to playoff favorites Rochester and Sto-Rox. Athlete B.J. Lipke has had a solid senior season and will have to have a big day to stop Clairton. The Bears look to be the favorite in the top half of the bracket and maybe the top team in the state in Class A. On paper, Clairton should have no issues, but that is why they play the games. Junior Tyler Boyd is the key to the machine and as he goes so does Clairton. Boyd has been one of the best players in the state regardless of class. Pitt commit Trenton Coles has been coming up big for the Bears since his spectacular catch at Heinz Field as a freshman. Clairton has on allowed 18 points all season and posted seven shutouts in nine games.**

PREDICTION: Clairton 35, Cornell 0

Springdale at Monessen

**Springdale is always tough and this year is no different with two losses to two playoff teams Avonworth and Bishop Canevin. When Monessen is on they are tough to beat, led by junior quarterback Chavas Rawlins who has turned himself into a solid D-I prospect. The Greyhounds defense has posted five shutouts. This could be the toughest first round match-up in Class A.

PREDICTION: Monessen 14, Springdale 13

Northgate at Rochester

**Northgate has five wins, but none against a playoff team, they have the task of trying to defeat a Rochester team that not only contends for the championship, but usually plays in the final. Rochester has only one loss at the hands of Sto-Rox who most are expecting to end up in the finals. The Rams will rely heavily on bruising tailback De'Andre Moon.

PREDICTION: Rochester 28, Northgate 6

California at Avonworth

**This should be another very good first round game. Avonworth has one loss at the hands of playoff bound Bishop Canevin and scored a big win over Beth-Center. California was dominated by Beth-Center and lost by seven to Monessen.**

PREDICTION: Avonworth 20, California 13

Frazier at Sto-Rox

**Frazier has suffered three loses to playoff bound Beth-Center, Bishop Canevin, and California. Sto-Rox has been the most dominant Class A team around besides Clairton. Led by D-I prospects three-star Pittsburgh commit wide receiver Marzett Geter, safety Dontez Ford who is headed to Syracuse and four-star outside linebacker Deaysean Rippy. Senior running back Josh Beverly is the straw that stirs the drink.

PREDICTION: Sto-Rox 38, Frazier 12

Western Beaver at Brentwood

Brentwood has been solid all season losing once to Clairton and winning a close one-point decision over Fort Cherry. Western Beaver has lost four games to four very good teams Rochester, Sto-Rox, Clairton and a shootout loss to Fort Cherry. Athlete Dustin Creel will need to shoulder the load if Western Beaver hopes to pull off the upset.

PREDICTION: Western Beaver 22, Brentwood 18

Chartiers-Houston vs. Bishop Canevin at Dormont Stadium

**Chartiers-Houston has lost three games to Clairton, Brentwood and Fort Cherry. The brentwood game was decided by three points. Bishop Canevin has run through the Eastern Conference, which most feel is having a down year.**

PREDICTION: Bishop Canevin 34, Chartiers-Houston 20


Fort Cherry at Beth-Center

**On paper Fort Cherry should not have a chance to win this game, but I just have a sneaky suspicion that senior quarterback Tanner Garry leads his team to an upset. Beth-Center is having an outstanding season suffering one loss by one point to Avonworth. Fort Cherry hasn't lost an away game this season, all three losses were at home.**

PREDICTION: Fort Cherry 21, Beth-Center 20


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