CTK 2011 – 2010 WPIAL Class AA Football Flashback

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | 3:58 PM


South Fayette enjoyed a breakout season in 2009. They went undefeated in the regular season and captured the Class AA Century Conference championship. However their season came to a bitter end in a wild shootout loss to Aliquippa in the WPIAL Quarterfinals. That nightmare finish in 2009 though led to a golden dream season in 2010. Again, the Lions roared to another perfect regular season and second straight conference title, but this time they finished the job by getting sweet revenge in the district championship game by beating Aliquippa for their first WPIAL crown in 46 years. Here is a look back at the WPIAL Class AA in 2010.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM WPIAL CLASS AA FOOTBALL IN 2010:

* An impressive decade came to an end for Aliquippa with another trip to Heinz Field. In the ten years that the WPIAL has played the title games at the big house on the North Shore, the Quips have played in five of the Class AA championships, including the last three consecutive seasons. In the other five years they did not make it to Heinz Field, the Quips lost in the Semifinals twice, Quarterfinals twice and First Round once. They have won two WPIAL and one PIAA championship in the decade.

* 2010 was finally "The Year of the Deer!" For the first time in school history, Deer Lakes participated in a WPIAL playoff game. Not only did they qualify for the postseason, they finished second in the Allegheny Conference and hosted an opening round postseason game thanks to six straight wins to end the regular season, including three against conference powers Freeport, Burrell and Shady Side Academy. Much like the Pittsburgh Pirates this summer, the Lancers seemed to have many throughout the WPIAL jumping on their bandwagon with support. But the dream season ended with a 34-21 opening round loss to the Beaver Bobcats.

* In 2009, the Ellwood City football program was dealing with a 31 game losing streak, which finally ended with a won over New Brighton in Week 8. But in 2010, Lincoln High wasn't just focused on avoiding a third winless season in four years, they had much bigger fish to fry. Another great turnaround story was the Wolverines going from outhouse to penthouse as Ellwood City finished 5-3 in the tough Midwestern Athletic Conference and beat out rival Riverside for the fourth and final playoff spot. From winning two games in four years to going 6-4, the Wolverines proved that lofty goals in August each year are worth fighting for.

* Speaking of losing streaks, the district's longest current skid belongs to a school that may be leaving the WPIAL after this school year. West Shamokin went 0-10 in 2010, leaving them with 34 consecutive losses. The Wolves last victory was a 20-8 triumph over Allegheny-Clarion Valley on September 21st, 2007. Since joining District 7 in 2004, the Wolves have only four wins over WPIAL teams in seven years. Word the West Shamokin is looking to move into District 6 next year.

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2010 WPIAL CLASS AA FINAL STANDINGS:
# = Conference Champion
* = Playoff Berth…
x = Missed Postseason

Century Conference:

#-South Fayette Lions : (7-0) – (12-0)
*-Seton-LaSalle Rebels : (6-1) – (9-2)
*-Steel Valley Ironmen : (5-2) – (7-3)
*-Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles : (4-3) – (7-4)
x-Washington Little Prexies : (3-4) – (5-5)
x-South Allegheny Gladiators : (2-5) – (2-8)
x-Quaker Valley Quakers : (1-6) – (1-8)
x-Burgettstown Blue Devils : (0-7) – (1-8)

Allegheny Conference:

#-Ford City Sabers : (7-0) – (11-1)
*-Deer Lakes Lancers : (6-1) – (7-3)
*-Freeport Yellowjackets : (5-2) – (6-5)
*-Shady Side Academy Indians : (4-3) – (5-5)
x-Burrell Buccaneers : (3-4) – (4-5)
x-Summit Academy Knights : (2-5) – (3-6)
x-Apollo-Ridge Vikings : (1-6) – (1-8)
x-West Shamokin Wolves : (0-7) – (0-10)

Interstate Conference:

#-Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions: (8-0) – (9-1)
*-Jeannette Jayhawks : (7-1) – (7-3)
*-Mount Pleasant Vikings : (6-2) – (6-4)
*-East Allegheny Wildcats : (5-3) – (5-5)
x-Southmoreland Scotties : (4-4) – (4-5)
x-Charleroi Cougars : (2-6) – (3-6)
x-Brownsville Falcons : (2-6) – (2-7)
x-Waynesburg Raiders : (2-6) – (2-7)
x-Yough Cougars : (0-8) – (0-9)

Midwestern Conference:

#-Aliquippa Quips : (8-0) – (12-0)
*-Beaver Falls Tigers : (7-1) – (10-2)
*-Beaver Bobcats : (6-2) – (8-3)
*-Ellwood City Wolverines : (5-3) – (6-4)
x-Riverside Panthers : (4-4) – (5-4)
x-Laurel Spartans : (3-5) – (4-5)
x-Mohawk Warriors : (2-6) – (2-7)
x-New Brighton Lions : (1-7) – (2-7)
x-Freedom Bulldogs : (0-8) – (0-10)

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2010 WPIAL CLASS AA PLAYOFFS:
(all games (MSA) are archived at msasports.net)

2010 WPIAL CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP:

South Fayette Lion 19 – Aliquippa Quips 6 (MSA)

WPIAL CLASS AA SEMIFINALS:

Aliquippa Quips 26 – Ford City Sabers 7 (MSA)

South Fayette Lions 55 – Beaver Falls Tigers 28 (MSA)

WPIAL CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS:

Aliquippa Quips 34 – Beaver Bobcats 0 (MSA)

Ford City Sabers 35 – Seton-LaSalle Rebels 21 (MSA)

Beaver Falls Tigers 28 – Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles 0 (MSA)

South Fayette Lions 47 – Freeport Yellowjackets 13 (MSA)

WPIAL CLASS AA FIRST ROUND:

Aliquippa Quips 41 – Shady Side Academy Indians 0 (MSA)

Beaver Bobcats 34 – Deer Lakes Lancers 21 (MSA)

Ford City Sabers 21 – East Allegheny Wildcats 14 (MSA)

Seton-LaSalle Rebels 28 – Mount Pleasant Vikings 6 (MSA)

Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles 20 – Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions 16 (MSA)

Beaver Falls Tigers 19 – Steel Valley Ironmen 18 (MSA)

South Fayette Lions 35 – Ellwood City Wolverines 0 (MSA)

Freeport Yellowjackets 30 – Jeannette Jayhawks 22 (MSA)

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2010 PIAA CLASS AA PLAYOFFS:
(all games (MSA) are archived at msasports.net)

2010 PIAA CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

Philadelphia West Catholic Burrs 50 – SOUTH FAYETTE LIONS 14 (MSA)

PIAA CLASS AA SEMIFINALS:

SOUTH FAYETTE LIONS 49 – Forest Hills Rangers 12 (MSA)

Philadelphia West Catholic Burrs 21 – Lewisburg Green Dragons 7

PIAA CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS:

SOUTH FAYETTE LIONS 62 – Brockway Rovers 28 (MSA)

Forest Hills Rangers 21 – Sharon Tigers 7 (MSA)

Philadelphia West Catholic Burrs 55 – Northern Lehigh Bulldogs 14

Lewisburg Green Dragons 31 – Camp Hill Trinity Shamrocks 21

PIAA CLASS AA FIRST ROUND:

WPIAL Championship SOUTH FAYETTE LIONS 19 – ALIQUIPPA QUIPS 6 (MSA)

Brockway Rovers 44 – OLIVER BEARS 14

District 10 Championship – Sharon Tigers 14 – Hickory Hornets 6

District 6 Championship – Forest Hills Rangers 14 – Tyrone Golden Eagles 0

Northern Lehigh Bulldogs 50 – Wilkes-Barre GAR Memorial Grenadiers 14

District 12 Championship – Philadelphia West Catholic Burrs 34 – Philadelphia BOK Technical Wildcats 6

District 3 Championship – Camp Hill Trinity Shamrocks 28 – Wyomissing Spartans 0

District 4 Championship – Lewisburg Green Dragons 18 – Danville Ironmen 13
 

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