MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Football Playoff Rankings

The WPIAL will unveil the playoff brackets Monday night for the upcoming journey that we call the Highway to Heinz. The committee does not rank the teams 1 through 16, they seed them. First they figure out the top 4, then the rest of the top 8 that will be home for the opening round adhering to some basic rules including…you can't play a team in your own conference in Round One and you can't be seeded beneath a team that you finished ahead of in your own conference. You start plugging in the rest of the puzzle until the picture is complete. Here is a completed picture of a football bracket as drawn by the artists here at the MSA Sports Network.

CLASS AAAA:

#1 Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings  (9-0)

#2 Upper St. Clair Panthers  (9-0)

#3 McKeesport Tigers  (9-0)

#4 Seneca Valley Raiders  (8-1)

#5 Woodland Hills Wolverines  (7-2)

#6 Penn-Trafford Warriors  (6-3)

#7 Gateway Gators  (7-2)

#8 Bethel Park Black Hawks  (6-3)

#9 North Allegheny Tigers  (6-3)

#10 North Hills Indians  (5-4)

#11 Pine-Richland Rams  (5-4)

#12 Hempfield Spartans  (6-3)

#13 Penn Hills Indians  (5-4)

#14 Peters Township Indians  (5-4)

#15 Kiski Area Cavaliers  (5-4)

#16 Baldwin Highlanders  (4-5)

CLASS AAA:

#1 West Allegheny Indians  (9-0)

#2 Thomas Jefferson Jaguars  (9-0)

#3 Central Valley Warriors  (8-1)

#4 Franklin Regional Panthers  (8-1)

#5 Mars Fighting Planets  (8-1)

#6 West Mifflin Titans  (8-1)

#7 Ringgold Rams  (7-2)

#8 Highlands Golden Rams  (6-3)

#9 Moon Tigers  (6-3)

#10 Indiana Little Indians  (4-5)

#11 New Castle Red Hurricane  (7-2)

#12 Montour Spartans  (5-4)

#13 Elizabeth Forward Warriors  (6-3)

#14 Belle Vernon Leopards  (4-5)

#15 Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers  (3-6)

#16 Hampton Talbots  (4-5)

CLASS AA:

#1 Aliquippa Quips  (9-0)

#2 South Fayette Lions  (9-0)

#3 Mount Pleasant Vikings  (9-0)

#4 Beaver Falls Tigers  (7-2)

#5 Kittanning Wildcats  (9-0)

#6 Shady Side Academy Indians  (8-1)

#7 Washington Little Prexies  (7-2)

#8 Quaker Valley Quakers  (7-2)

#9 New Brighton Lions  (6-3)

#10 Seton-LaSalle Rebels  (7-2)

#11 Beaver Bobcats  (6-3)

#12 Yough Cougars  (5-4)

#13 Summit Academy Knights  (5-4)

#14 Valley Vikings  (6-3)

#15 Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions  (5-4)

#16 South Park Eagles  (5-4)

CLASS A:

#1 Sto-Rox Vikings  (9-0)

#2 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans  (9-0)

#3 Neshannock Lancers  (7-2)

#4 Monessen Greyhounds  (8-1)

#5 Clairton Bears  (8-1)

#6 Beth-Center Bulldogs  (9-0)

#7 Avonworth Antelopes  (8-1)

#8 Carmichaels Mighty Mikes  (8-1)

#9 Fort Cherry Rangers  (8-1)

#10 Laurel Spartans  (7-2)

#11 Apollo-Ridge Vikings  (7-2)

#12 Frazier Commodores  (7-2)

#13 Western Beaver Golden Beavers  (5-4)

#14 West Shamokin Wolves  (6-3)

#15 Brentwood Spartans  (5-4)

#16 Avella Eagles  (6-3)