The long, arduous grind that is high school football is nearing the end, and it’s almost time for the sweetness that only Hershey Park can offer.
The PIAA state football championships take place at the end of this week and into the weekend at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. And WPIAL football is well-represented across all but one of the six classes in Pennsylvania high school football.
WPIAL teams from Class 2-A through 6-A will be playing for a shot at state supremacy this week, with only 1-A Bishop Canevin falling in the state semifinals over the weekend.
4-A champion Aliquippa will open play on Thursday, Dec. 9 at Hersheypark Stadium at 7 p.m. against Bishop McDevitt. The Quips took down Jersey Shore 41-16 in the state semifinals.
2-A champion Serra Catholic’s quest for a state title comes to a head against Pennsylvania powerhouse Southern Columbia at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. Serra Catholic knocked off Farrell with another stellar defensive effort in the state semifinal.
5-A champion Penn-Trafford’s run the state championship game continues later in the day on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. against Imhotep Charter. Penn-Trafford steamrolled Exeter Township, 49-14, at Bald Eagle High School.
3-A champion Central Valley’s chance for a repeat state title reaches its peak Saturday, Dec. 11 against Wyomissing at 12 p.m. Central Valley pulled away against Martinsburg Central to advance to the state title.
Finally, 6-A champion Mt. Lebanon finishes the weekend of football with a 6 p.m. showdown against St. Joseph’s Prep on Saturday, Dec. 11. Mt. Lebanon’s unbeaten season continued with a 49-28 win over State College to advance to the state title.