Football

WPIAL Football and Boys Basketball Alignment Numbers
December 11, 2011
The WPIAL will put together its new conference/section alignments in January for the next two years based on these enrollment numbers. Schools that want to 'Play-Up' in classification must declare by Monday, December 12th at Noon. Football Enrollments:

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PIAA Football Semifinals Recaps 2011
December 10, 2011
Four WPIAL Champions entered the final four looking for two more wins in 2011 with dreams of chocolate and gold dancing in their heads. However three District 7 champs had so dreams come to a nightmarish end while the beat goes on for the team that continues to win at an historic pace.

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2011 PIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF UPDATE…AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
December 9, 2011
Two kicks...an extra point and a field goal proved to be enough Saturday to boot two more WPIAL teams from the Road to Hershey, leaving only one District 7 team still alive for a state crown. North Allegheny saw its 21-game winning streak end on a last second field goal by Central Dauphin in Class AAAA, while a missed co

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Big Game Hunting – WPIAL Football Four-Pack – 12/7/2011
December 7, 2011
A perfect first weekend of state playoff action for the WPIAL teams gives us another full slate of big games as we get set for the PIAA semi-final round. Any football coach will tell you that if you are still playing football as the Christmas decorations are going up it is a very good thing.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 12/05/2011
December 5, 2011
We split our focus between the state high school football playoffs and the start of the winter high school sports season in this first full week of December here on the MSA Sports Network.

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2011 PIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – 12/4
December 4, 2011
All sixteen games are in the books from Quarterfinals Weekend and all four WPIAL champions are now headed to the state Semifinals. North Allegheny beat State College for the fourth time in just over 14 months on Saturday afternoon while Montour needed a big comeback to advance as both Aliquippa and Clairton cruised to victories, including the 45th consecutive win for the Bears.

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PIAA Football Quarterfinals Recaps 2011
December 3, 2011
So far so good for the District 7 champions in the PIAA Football Playoffs as all four teams swept their way through to the Final Four. Montour in AAA had to come way back from a big early deficit but survived to move on Friday, while North Allegheny in AAAA, Aliquippa in AA and Clairton in A enjoyed e

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Scholastic Notebook – 12/02/2011
December 2, 2011
If you look back at what made this a WPIAL championship season for the Montour football team, there were a number of factors. Having talented offensive players might be the primary reason.But another big reason might have been a change in personnel late in the season.

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Big Game Hunting – WPIAL Football Four-Pack – 11/30/2011
November 30, 2011
The District-Seven banner is in the hands of four very good football teams as we head to the PIAA quarter finals, is there a chance for the WPIAL to win all four state titles? I say yes, though it will certainly be very  tough.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 11/28/2011
November 28, 2011
We move from district high school football playoffs to state high school football playoffs as November turns to December this week on the MSA Sports Network.

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North Allegheny, Montour, Aliquippa & Clairton Win 2011 WPIAL Football Crowns
November 27, 2011
After four weeks of somewhat predictable and at times thrilling football, the Highway to Heinz has officially been shut down to allow four teams to celebrate and parade around with their new golden crowns. Two teams defended their titles from a year ago (with one of them successfully defending for a third straight year) while one team celebrated their first title since 2008 and the ot

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The Drive Leads Aliquippa Past Jeannette for AA Crown
November 26, 2011
Third time is the charm for Aliquippa’s Mikal Hall as a last-minute drive gives the Quips a 14-7 victory over Jeannette in the Class AA championship game. Aliquippa adds a 14th WPIAL title to its all-time best trophy case in its 100th season.

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Scholastic Notebook – 11/25/2011
November 25, 2011
Chuck Wagner still plans to attend high school football games next fall. But for the first time in almost 50 years, he won’t be on the sideline as the coach.

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District College Football Preview for Saturday, November 26th
After taking Thursday off for lots of turkey, College Preview is back with just one game this week, and it’s a good one which can be heard right here on the network as Cal U tries to get back to the NCAA Regional Finals and a possible National Championship:

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Chicks Picks – 11/24/2011
November 24, 2011
Welcome to Championship Saturday. The NFL will feature an interesting Thanksgiving Day matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.  After listening to the hype surrounding the game, which pits brother against brother in 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens Coach John Harbaugh, Chick’s Picks reflected upon her own coaching days. 

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WPIAL Big Game Hunting – The Football Four-Pack – 11/23/2011
November 23, 2011
Ahhh my favorite week of the year, no one will send me an e-mail claiming I chose the wrong game for Big Game Hunting. What an incredible night last Friday was huh? No one will soon forget all the thrilling football games during the semis in 2011. Plus they are all archived on the Network, you can go back and listen anytime!

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WPIAL Football Championship Saturday Factoids
November 22, 2011
The North Allegheny Tigers - The Upper St. Clair Panthers - The Montour Spartans - The Knoch Knights - The Aliquippa Quips - The Jeannette Jayhawks - The Clairton Bears - The Sto-Rox Vikings. Eight teams that have navigated their way quite nicely to a game at Heinz Field. Eight teams that have been so impressive during the first 12 weeks of the 2011 high school football season.

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2011 WPIAL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – 11/22
So three rounds of district playoff football leave us with this: Two defending champions - three #1-seeds - two #2-seeds - two #3-seeds - one #5 seed - four teams returning to the North Shore who played for district gold last year - and SIX undefeated teams sporting perfect 12-0 records.

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2011 PIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – 11/21
November 21, 2011
The high school football focus in Southwestern Pennsylvania was on Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Saturday as District 7 held their four championship games in the big house on the North Shore. But the WPIAL football finals were the end of the district playoffs AND the start of the state playoffs.

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WPIAL Football Plays of the Week – 11/21/2011
Semifinal Friday 2011 was one of the most memorable that we've ever encountered in recent memory.  As games went down to the wire, as top seeds were turned away and unsuspecting dreams live on to play at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio, we are reminded why our little neck of the woods is so special.  A cool, crisp autumn evening turned memorable at many stadi

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