(Photo: Woodland Hills quarterback Cody McClelland leads an unheralded Wolverines team that has knocked off higher-ranked Gateway and Upper St. Clair en route to Heinz Field. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette.)
"One way or another, regardless of whether North Allegheny or Woodland Hills triumphantly walks off the turf at Heinz Field, history will be made in Friday's WPIAL Class AAAA championship game, a contest that was already getting its share of hype.
If the No. 1 Tigers (12-0) continue their dominant run through the 2012 season and turn the game into a coronation, it will give them their third consecutive Class AAAA title, which would be the first "three-peat" in Class AAAA history (which was formed in 1980). But if there's an upset and the Wolverines (10-2) find a way to pull out a win, they would become the first Class AAAA program to have won six championships.
The game's numerous implications are far from lost on fans, but what about those actually taking the field Friday?
"I've never really thought about it," North Allegheny coach Art Walker said.
Perhaps for Walker and his team, there is little reason to overthink success because they have become so accustomed to it over the past several years. Since the start of the 2010 season, North Allegheny has gone 41-2, a span that has seen it win two WPIAL titles and a PIAA championship. This season has maybe been its most prolific, as no team has come within single digits of the Tigers."