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Brad Everett's East High School Football Notebook (Oct. 30, 2014)

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Here's this week's edition of Brad Everett's East High School Football Notebook.

"When filling out your WPIAL playoff bracket, you would be wise to pick at least one East Xtra team to make it to the Class AAAA final.

It's happened 14 out of the past 15 years, and a deep talent pool of big-school talent has it looking like that trend will continue.

The fight for the Class AAAA title highlights what should be an interesting postseason for East teams.

Twelve teams from the area will take part in this year's playoffs: (Class AAAA) Penn-Trafford, McKeesport, Plum, Norwin, Central Catholic, Penn Hills, Woodland Hills. (AAA) Franklin Regional, Gateway. (AA) Mount Pleasant. (A) Jeannette, Greensburg Central Catholic."

 

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Football: East Top Games - WPIAL Playoffs: First Round (2014)

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Here's a look at three of the top games involving East teams in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.

North Hills (6-3) at Woodland Hills (7-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Two of the top programs in Class AAAA get together for this first-round game. Woodland Hills, the No. 6 seed, finished second in the Southeastern Conference. North Hills, the No. 11 seed, placed fourth in the Northern Eight Conference. Woodland Hills hopes to make it to the championship game for the third year in a row. The Wolverines had their sights set on a top-four seed, but a loss last week to Penn Hills extinguished those hopes. The only other loss the Wolverines have endured was an overtime defeat at West Allegheny on Oct. 10. Miles Sanders is one of the top running backs in the WPIAL. Sanders, a Penn State recruit, has rushed for 1,010 yards and 15 touchdowns. North Hills finished behind Pine-Richland, Central Catholic and North Allegheny in what was arguably the best conference in the WPIAL. Jake Bruder has passed for more than 800 yards and eight touchdowns. The Indians average 22.6 points per game and give up 15.6, while the Wolverines score 35.9 per game and allow 13. The Indians are looking for their first playoff win since 2010. The winner plays the winner of No. 3 Central Catholic and No. 14 Norwin.

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Football: 2014 East WPIAL Playoff Preview

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When filling out your WPIAL playoff bracket, you would be wise to pick at least one East team to make it to the Class AAAA final.

It's happened 14 out of the past 15 years, and a deep talent pool of big-school talent has it looking like that trend will continue.

The fight for the Class AAAA title highlights what should be an interesting postseason for East teams.

Eleven teams from the area will take part in this year's playoffs: (Class AAAA) Penn-Trafford, Plum, Norwin, Central Catholic, Penn Hills, Woodland Hills. (AAA) Franklin Regional, Gateway. (AA) Mount Pleasant. (A) Jeannette, Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Football: East Week 9 Stat Leaders (2014)

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Here are the leaders in rushing, passing and receiving among East area players in Week 9, as reported to the Post-Gazette.

Rushing (yards)
157 -- Jacob Ross, Franklin Regional
137 -- Deon Smith, East Allegheny
132 -- Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills
116 -- Devin Austin, Penn-Trafford
109 -- Lenny Grebeck, Greensburg Salem
108 -- Marcus Williams, Wilkinsburg
104 -- Trevor Salopek, Mount Pleasant
103 -- Rod Jones, East Allegheny

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Cross Country: East boys flex their muscles at WPIAL championships

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Plum's Jake Susalla finished in third place at the WPIAL Class AAA championships on Thursday. His time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds wasn't enough to push past the North Alleghey powerhouse of Matt McGoey and Hunter Wharrey.

In the team competition, Winchester Thurston and Greensburg Central Catholic finished two and three in Class A competition.

Winchester Thurston's Will Loevner and Ben Littman crossed the line together taking fourth and fifth in Class A.