CTK 2011 – 2010 WPIAL Class AAA Football Flashback

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | 3:50 PM


They are few and far between, but we have seen teams pull off perfect football seasons before in the WPIAL. However the new kids on the block in Class AAA went for perfection in a different way that has never been done before. One Season – One Championship. After the 2009 school year, Center High School and Monaca High School merged to form a new school district. Central Valley shocked all by surviving a tough Parkway Conference to make the playoffs, then from the 14th-seed, rip off four postseason victories, capped by the upset of unbeaten Montour at Heinz Field to win WPIAL gold in the schools very first year. Here is a look back at the WPIAL Class AAA in 2010.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM WPIAL CLASS AAA FOOTBALL IN 2010:

* So how tough was the Parkway Conference in 2010? The eight teams; Montour, West Allegheny, Central Valley, Hopewell, Blackhawk, New Castle, Moon and Ambridge played 16 non-conference games during the regular season. The eight teams combined finished with a record of 13-3 (the three losses were Ambridge to Keystone Oaks, Hopewell to Mount Lebanon and West Allegheny to Upper St. Clair. In comparison, the Greater Allegheny Conference was 10-11, the Keystone Conference was 6-11 and the Big Eight Conference was 3-13.

* Here are some more impressive numbers from the Parkway Conference. 2010 marked the fifth straight year that a team from the Parkway made it to the WPIAL Class AAA finals at Heinz Field. It also marked the second straight year that the championship game was an all Parkway Conference affair with Central Valley beating Montour. West Allegheny beat Hopewell in the 2009 title game

* There was no gold at the end of the rainbow, but it was still another banner year for the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars. TJ won a fifth straight conference title and have now won or tied for the conference championship in ten of the eleven years this century. The Jaguars also stretched their record string of consecutive trips to the WPIAL Semifinals to THIRTEEN years in a row.

* While it was back to normal for the Keystone Conference in the playoffs as the four teams went 0-4 in Round One (Keystone Conference teams are now 1-40 in the last ten postseasons), it was quietly another banner opening week on the Highway to Heinz for the Greater Allegheny Conference. Mars, Knoch, Indiana and Highlands were all First Round winners, improving the record of GAC teams in round one in the last two years to an impressive 7-1.

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

Big Eight Conference:

#-Thomas Jefferson Jaguars : (7-0) – (10-2)
*-Belle Vernon Leopards : (5-2) – (5-5)
*-Trinity Hillers : (5-2) – (6-4)
*-West Mifflin Titans : (4-3) – (4-6)
x-Chartiers Valley Colts : (3-4) – (4-6)
x-South Park Eagles : (3-4) – (3-6)
x-McGuffey Highlanders : (1-6) – (2-7)
x-Elizabeth Forward Warriors : (0-7) – (0-9)

Keystone Conference:

#-Ringgold Rams : (7-0) – (9-1)
*-Franklin Regional Panthers : (6-1) – (7-3)
*-Greensburg-Salem Golden Lions : (5-2) – (7-3)
*-Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers : (4-3) – (6-4)
x-Uniontown Red Raiders : (2-5) – (3-6)
x-Derry Trojans : (2-5) – (2-8)
x-Albert Gallatin Colonials : (1-6) – (1-8)
x-Laurel Highlands Mustangs : (1-6) – (1-8)

Parkway Conference:

#-Montour Spartans : (7-0) – (12-0)
*-West Allegheny Indians : (5-2) – (7-4)
*-Hopewell Vikings : (4-3) – (6-5)
*-Central Valley Warriors : (4-3) – (9-3)
x-Blackhawk Cougars : (3-4) – (5-4)
x-New Castle Red Hurricanes : (3-4) – (5-4)
x-Moon Tigers : (1-6) – (3-6)
x-Ambridge Bridgers : (1-6) – (2-7)

Greater Allegheny Conference:

#-Mars Planets : (6-0) – (10-2)
*-Knoch Knights : (5-1) – (9-2)
*-Indiana Little Indians : (4-2) – (8-3)
*-Highlands Golden Rams : (3-3) – (5-5)
x-Hampton Talbots : (2-4) – (2-7)
x-Kittanning Wildcats : (1-5) – (1-8)
x-Valley Vikings : (0-6) – (0-9)

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

2010 WPIAL CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP:

Central Valley Warriors 24 – Montour Spartans 7 (MSA)

WPIAL CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS:

Montour Spartans 35 – Mars Fighting Planets 14 (MSA)

Central Valley Warriors 42 – Thomas Jefferson Jaguars 24 (MSA)

WPIAL CLASS AAA QUARTERFINALS:

Montour Spartans 36 – Indiana Little Indians 14 (MSA)

Mars Fighting Planets 29 – West Allegheny Indians 3 (MSA)

Thomas Jefferson Jaguars 38 – Hopewell Vikings 28 (MSA)

Central Valley Warriors 16 – Knoch Knights 0 (MSA)

WPIAL CLASS AAA FIRST ROUND:

Montour Spartans 21 – West Mifflin Titans 13 (MSA)

Indiana Little Indians 42 – Belle Vernon Leopards 38 (MSA)

Mars Fighting Planets 52 – Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers 20 (MSA)

West Allegheny Indians 35 – Trinity Hillers 14 (MSA)

Thomas Jefferson Jaguars 42 – Highlands Golden Rams 7 (MSA)

Hopewell Vikings 24 – Franklin Regional Panthers 14 (MSA)

Central Valley Warriors 21 – Ringgold Rams 13 (MSA)

Knoch Knights 21 – Greensburg-Salem Golden Lions 14 (MSA)

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

2010 PIAA CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

Allentown Central Catholic Vikings 28 – Bishop McDevitt Crusaders 27

PIAA CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS:

Bishop McDevitt Crusaders 24 – Erie Cathedral Prep Ramblers 21

Allentown Central Catholic Vikings 49 – Archbishop Wood Vikings 27

PIAA CLASS AAA QUARTERFINALS:

Erie Cathedral Prep Ramblers 31 – CENTRAL VALLEY WARRIORS 21 (MSA)

District 3 Championship – Bishop McDevitt Crusaders 29 – Cocalico Eagles 14

Allentown Central Catholic Vikings 55 – Clearfield Bison 20

Archbishop Wood Vikings 24 – Strath Haven Panthers 14

PIAA CLASS AAA FIRST ROUND:

WPIAL Championship – CENTRAL VALLEY WARRIORS 24 – MONTOUR SPARTANS (MSA)

District 10 Championship – Erie Cathedral Prep Ramblers 28 – Grove City Eagles 16

District 3 Semifinals – Bishop McDevitt Crusaders 40 – Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers 10

District 3 Semifinals – Cocalico Eagles 17 – Conrad Weiser Scouts 16

Allentown Central Catholic Vikings 54 – Abington Heights Comets 14

Clearfield Bison 42 – Shikellamy Braves 26

District 1 Championship – Strath Haven Panthers 42 – Pottsgrove Falcons 28

District 12 Championship – Archbishop Wood Vikings 44 – Dobbins-Randolph Mustangs 7
 

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