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District College Football Recap for Saturday, October 12th
October 13, 2013
It was not a good day for ranked teams in either the PSAC and PAC. IUP came into the day ranked number 7 in D-II and gave up more points than the Crimson Hawks had allowed all season. Thomas More came off a 61-0 pounding of Geneva, the 20th ranked Saints were dumped at W & J.Here are recaps of all the games:Slippery Rock 42 – IUP 16 In a battle of bitter rivals, the Rock staked their claim to the PSAC West Division title with a dominating first half performance in the victory over the #7 ranked Crimson Hawks. The Rock led 28-3 at the half and 42-3 after three quarters.

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WPIAL Saturday’s Scholastic Starz for Week Seven
One of the brightest stars in the WPIAL, a team that is close to making the WPIAL for the first time EVER and two teams who are not playing for the Playoffs, they are more focused on another 'P' word...Pride. That is a taste of what was on display in the three WPIAL football games played on the seventh Saturday of the season. And the stand outs were...Lenny Williams - Sto-Rox

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WPIAL Football Scores for Saturday, October 12th
October 12, 2013
You look and saw only three games on the WPIAL Saturday football slate and you shrugged your shoulders. But this turned out to be a big day where one team took a giant step toward their first ever WPIAL playoff berth...another team remained undefeated as their quarterback broke the all-time WPIAL passing record...and an 0-6 team finally had a chance to celebrate and is now 1-6. Here are the final scores from all three Saturday games as heard here on the MSA Sports Network.WPIAL CLASS AA Allegheny Conference:Summit Academy Knights 26 - Valley Vikings 6  (MSA) WPIAL CLASS A Big 7 Conference:Sto-Rox Vikings 42 - Western Beaver Golden Beavers 30  (MSA)

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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week Seven
The nerves are a little more active when you hit the 'Stretch Run' of the high school football season as each game takes on more meaning. Some teams have been known to wilt and struggle under said pressure, while others thrive and succeed toward the second season. Here are the top performance from what was another rain free, yet a tad damp Friday night as these players put a damper on their opponents Week Seven.Doug Altavilla and Nick Barca and Luke Smorey - Baldwin

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2013 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Football Standings & Playoff Clinchings – Week 7
Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Friday of Week Seven of the 2013 high school football season...plus the latest WPIAL football playoff clinchings. Standings are updated after each game on Thursday, Friday and Saturday's scholastic gridiron action each week. Standings can be also seen on each teams football webpage here on the MSA Sports Network.# - Clinched at least a share of the conference title * - Clinched playoff spot x - Eliminated from playoff chase % - Not eligible for WPIAL playoffsWPIAL CLASS AAAA: (13 out of 16 Teams Have Clinched Playoff Spots)Northern Eight Conference:

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/11/2013
October 11, 2013
The Beaver football team changed its offense this year, going to a spread offense with much more passing.You could say the new offense has been a Rowse-ing success.Alex Rowse is Beaver’s quarterback and is doing things unheard of by Beaver quarterbacks. After six weeks of the season, Rowse leads the entire WPIAL in passing yardage with 1,581 yards. To put that in perspective, consider that last year’s quarterbacks – Rowse and Austin Ross - had less than 1,000 yards passing combined.

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Chicks Picks – Week Seven – 2013
October 10, 2013
Welcome to Week 7. The 2013 edition of the Stretch Run is here…that time of year when the regular season is winding down, but postseason implications are heating up.  Since this is a critical time of year, we at the MSA Sports Network always get together for a team-building workout to ensure our physical and mental clarity for the remainder of the season.This year, we decided to go with our old faithful—yoga—which had proven results for Team MSA time and time again.  The Boss talked up the event all week, hinting to his team that this year’s session would offer some added flair.  He certainly did not disappoint.

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MSA Sports Big Game Hunting – Week Seven
October 9, 2013
What a neat year it has already been. The Pirates reached the playoffs and it appears so will the Avella Eagles and the West Shamokin Wolves! All three are tremendous stories this fall. The stretch run is here and all of those teams control their own destinies. That is all their fans have been hoping and praying for. Some teams don’t control their own fate. Some need help, and some need a lot of help. The time has come for scoreboard watching and more importantly listening to the MSA Sports Scoreboard show every Friday night with Don Rebel. But you should have been doing that all along. Let’s go Big Game Hunting. AAAA Southeastern Conference:

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Football – 10/07/2013
October 7, 2013
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each classification. Here are the latest WPIAL football rankings following Week SIX.WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN:1.   PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (6-0) (Last Week #1) (This Week: host #8 North Allegheny on MSA)2.   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (6-0) (Last Week #2) (This Week: host Bethel Park on MSA)3.   GATEWAY GATORS  (6-0) (Last Week #3) (This Week: at Norwin)4.   McKEESPORT TIGERS  (6-0) (Last Week #4) (This Week: at Connellsville on MSA)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/06/2013
October 6, 2013
The 'Stretch Run' of the 2013 high school football regular season begins with a bang this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have a busy seventh week of the high school football season with FORTY WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 football games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Friday night kicking off with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show.

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WPIAL Saturday’s Scholastic Starz for Week Six
One game each in Class AAA, Class AA and Class A owned the Week Six Saturday spotlight in WPIAL football. Beaver and West Shamokin took a big step toward a possible postseason berth while Ambridge got a chance to celebrate its first victory of the 2013 campaign. Here are the players that helped make it happen.Stephon McGinnis - Ambridge

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WPIAL/City League Football Scores for Saturday, October 5th
October 5, 2013
If not for a couple of old school Homecoming Games, it would have been a lonely Saturday of high school football in Southwestern Pennsylvania. There were no games in the Pittsburgh City League and even with a pair of 'Saturday specials', there were only three games on the docket in the WPIAL. All three games Saturday are now in the books and can be heard archived here on the MSA Sports Network.WPIAL CLASS AAA Parkway Conference:Ambridge Bridgers 45 - Hopewell Vikings 13  (MSA) WPIAL CLASS AA Midwestern Conference:Beaver Bobcats 62 - Riverside Panthers 29  (MSA) WPIAL CLASS A Eastern Conference:West Shamokin Wolves 27 - Wilkinsburg Tigers 8  (MSA)

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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week Six
Some of these names we have seen before this year while some of them are newcomers to our kudos spotlight. These are the WPIAL football players that stood out...sometimes even in the thick fog...with victory leading performances as the second half of the regular season kicked into full gear with a taste of October Friday night football.Miles Sanders - Woodland Hills

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WPIAL/City League Football Scores for Friday, October 4th
October 4, 2013
The second half of the 2013 high school football season and the first Friday in October kicked off with weather conditions closely associated with the first Friday of September. The care free days from the ninth month of the year are a distant memory as we bear down for the second month of the season. Separation Friday preped us for the final three week Stretch Run…so with that in mind, here are all of the results for Friday, October 4th in both the WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League.WPIAL CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference:Altoona Mountain Lions 14 -  Hempfield Spartans 37McKeesport Tigers 25 -  Latrobe Wildcats  0Connellsville Falcons 15  -  Penn-Trafford Warriors  21

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/04/2013
In a year when the Pirates ended a long playoff drought, a long WPIAL football playoff drought could end for one school.Avella in the WPIAL playoffs. It’s likely to happen.Avella takes a 4-0 record (5-0 overall) into Friday night’s game against Frazier. No matter what happens Friday night and in the final three games, Avella stands an excellent chance to make the playoffs. The last time the Eagles were in the playoffs was 1976.Avella’s playoff drought is the current longest in the WPIAL. The next-longest playoff drought belongs to Southmoreland, which hasn’t been to the playoffs since 1979.

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Chicks Picks – Week Six – 2013
October 3, 2013
Welcome to Week 6. Pittsburghers had plenty to celebrate this week, Chick’s Picks included.  The Pirates recorded their first playoff victory in 21 years, and Chick’s Picks played a key part in it.Earlier this week, a member of the Pirates staff contacted Chick’s Picks about making a special guest appearance during the game.  Chick’s Picks was thrilled to learn that she was being invited to join Sauerkraut Saul, Cheese Chester, Jalepeno Hannah, and Oliver Onion in the world-famous Pierogy Race.

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MSA Sports Big Game Hunting – Week Six
October 2, 2013
Week six just like that and while everyone in town is thinking about baseball we need to focus on the stretch run as it is just around the corner for the WPIAL football season. It is time to start jockeying for position, wins for your team and for teams your team has already beaten become bigger and bigger now as you hope to convince the playoff seeding committee of your team’s worthiness. Take care of your business and it will matter not what others think or believe about your team. That is the best thing about high school football, we play it out, win and your ranking has no bearing whatsoever on your chance at the crown.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Football – 09/29/2013
September 29, 2013
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each classification. Here are the latest WPIAL football rankings following Week FIVE.WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN:1.   PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (5-0) (Last Week #1) (This Week: at #10 Pine-Richland on MSA)2.   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (5-0) (Last Week #2) (This Week: host Butler on MSA)3.   GATEWAY GATORS  (5-0) (Last Week #3) (This Week: AT #5 North Allegheny on MSA)4.   McKEESPORT TIGERS  (5-0) (Last Week #4) (This Week: at Latrobe on MSA)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 09/29/2013
There is more WPIAL gold as we head to the course twice as September slides into October this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have a busy sixth week of the high school football season with FORTY-TWO WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 football games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Friday night kicking off with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show.

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WPIAL Saturday’s Scholastic Starz for Week Five
It would have been another lonely, one WPIAL game on Saturday in Week Five if not for three school's who celebrated their Homecoming Weekend with afternoon high school football games. While most Saturday action focuses on Class A, the smallest classification played out on Friday, leaving one Quad-A and three Double-A games to soak up the sunshine and churn out the top performers on the final play date of September.Billy Urso - Fox Chapel

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