Brad Everett previews Friday's WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal between Woodland Hills and Central Catholic.
(Photo: Woodland Hills' Daron Cooper, trying to get past West Allegheny's Max Clements, has thrown 10 touchdown passes this season. Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette)
"Two WPIAL heavyweights will square off tonight in what is arguably the most anticipated game of this year's playoffs.
And to think, this is just for the right to advance to the main event.
A spot in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship will be on the line when perennial powers Woodland Hills and Central Catholic go toe-to-toe in a semifinal at Fox Chapel High School. The winner will play either Pine-Richland or Penn-Trafford next Saturday at Heinz Field.
Top seed Woodland Hills (11-0) and No. 5 seed Central Catholic (10-1) are no strangers to one another. The two are meeting in the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Central Catholic beat Woodland Hills, 27-7, in the 2013 title game, and again topped the Wolverines, 28-0, in last year's quarterfinals. At least one of the two has reached the championship 13 of the past 16 seasons, with each winning four titles. The Vikings were the runner-up last season."