In their four years at Pittsburgh Central Catholic, the Vikings are 52-5 with a state championship and two Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League titles.
On Friday, Adams and Hinish teamed up to lead the Vikings to a 63-34 win over Pine-Richland to earn a shot at a second straight WPIAL title. Central Catholic will play Seneca Valley in the 6A championship game on Friday at Heinz Field.
“It feels amazing,” said Adams, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker. “To be at Heinz the last four years really shows how hard we work.”
Adams recorded eight tackles and also rushed for 18 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
“I feel like we have just came together as a team,” he said. “Both sides of the ball and special teams are playing very solid.”
Hinish, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle recorded three tackles and 1 ½ sacks in the victory over Pine-Richland, who played without starting quarterback Phil Jurkovec, a member of Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2018. Jurkovec missed the last six weeks with a thumb injury.
“It feels great,” Hinish said of advancing to the finals for the second straight season. “I am excited to play there again. Playing at Heinz Field is something out of a dream.”
A win over Seneca Valley, which pulled off a stunning 28-27 upset of North Allegheny and Notre Dame commitment Josh Lugg, would send the Vikings into the state playoffs for the third time in the last four years.
North Allegheny scored on the final play of regulation but Seneca Valley blocked the game-tying extra point to set up a rematch with Central Catholic. The Vikings won the regular season matchup between the two teams, 42-14, on Sept. 23.
“That won’t happen to us,” Adams said of Seneca Valley’s upset of North Allegheny. “We're going to play our game and everything will work out.”
Hinish isn’t worried about a letdown on Friday either.
“First off, we never overlook an opponent,” he said. “Every week our coach tells us it's not about the opponent we face, it is all about our effort and our willingness to play hard and get better.”null