Near-unbeatable form from South Park and a strong start by West Mifflin is making it more-and-more likely that tonight's match-up between host Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson could act as a turning-point in the battle for WPIAL playoff qualification in Section 3-AA.
The Leopards qualified last year alongside South Park and Shady Side Academy, which is no longer in the section. West Mifflin finished just outside of playoff qualification.
Most of the section appears to be in a logjam on paper. At 3-3 in section play, Belle Vernon currently sits in third place Thomas Jefferson's 2-2-1 mark puts them in 4th, two points behind the Leopards and ahead of Yough (2-3-1) due to having played fewer games. At 2-3, sixth place Steel Valley is only a win away from climbing into a tie for the section's third and final playoff spot.