Pine-Richland 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Loaded with talent at the skill positions, Pine-Richland appears to have its strongest team since moving up to Class AAAA in 2008. The Rams return senior quarterback Ben DiNucci (6-3, 200) who completed ...

Seneca Valley 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Seneca Valley turned in a fine season a year ago, going 9-2 overall, finishing second to Central Catholic in the Northern Eight Conference and advancing to the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals, before ...

Shaler 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

First-year coach Jon LeDonne will undertake a rebuilding job at Shaler Area, a program that has posted back-to-back winless seasons. Following a 5-5 playoff season in 2011 the Titans went 0-9 in 2012 ...

Baldwin 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

  The sibling tandem of senior quarterback Doug Altavilla (6-2, 200) and junior wide receiver Nick Altavilla (5-11, 180) will guide an offense that averaged 27 points per game last season and helped ...

Bethel Park 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

... on either side of the football. They finished 6-2 in the Southeastern Conference for a second consecutive year to reach the playoffs where they fell, 28-0, to North Allegheny in the first round. The ...

Canon-McMillan 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

The Big Macs will look to rebound from a 1-8 campaign last season as they welcome back six returning starters on offense and five on defense. Since reaching the playoffs in 2008, Canon-McMillan has ...

Mt. Lebanon 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Mt. Lebanon will look to return to form after an uncharacteristic 3-6 season where the Blue Devils missed qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2007. Third-year coach Mike Melnyk has ...

Penn Hills 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Penn Hills returns experience all around the field this season, including, most importantly, at the quarterback position where junior quarterback Billy Kisner (5-10, 170) is back after enjoying a breakout ...

Peters Township 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Peters Township has to fill a lot of holes left by graduation, including first-team All-Southeastern Conference tight end Max Augenstein, leading rusher Marcus Ubinger and a pair of three-year starters ...

Upper St. Clair 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

A graduating class of 20 seniors, all but one of whom were starters, is a big blow to any high school program, even one as well-established as Upper St. Clair. Veteran coach Jim Render must replace ...

Woodland Hills 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Miles Sanders and Art Thompkins combine to give Woodland Hills one of the most explosive backfields in the state. Thompkins (5-9, 172, Sr.), a Toledo recruit, and Sanders (6-0, 180, Jr.), a Penn State ...

Hempfield 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Hempfield has made it back-to-back playoff appearances in the first two seasons under head coach Rich Bowen. The Spartans should once again be a postseason contender with five starters back on both ...

Kiski Area 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Kiski Area returns five starters on offense and three on defense from a team that went 5-5 overall and 5-3 in the Foothills Conference to qualify for the postseason for a second consecutive year. The ...

Latrobe 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

First-year coach Jason Marucco takes over for former coach Ray Reitz at a Latrobe program seeking its first playoff trip since 2009. Marucco has spent the past 18 years as a varsity assistant at East ...

McKeesport 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

McKeesport graduated its top five rushers from last season, but veteran coach George Smith, in his second stint at his alma mater, has a new crop of athletes to plug into his vaunted flexbone offense ...

Norwin 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Long-time Norwin assistant Dave Brozeski takes over for Art Tragesser as head coach this season at a program that has gone 4-23 over the previous three seasons. Brozeski inherits four returning starters ...

Penn-Trafford 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

After a run to the WPIAL semifinals last season, Penn-Trafford returns seven starters on both sides of the ball as the Warriors look to challenge for the Foothills Conference title. All-conference ...

Plum 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Plum hopes a change of scenery will help this season. After losing 22 consecutive games in the Southeastern Conference, the Mustangs will try their hand in the Foothills Conference this season under ...

Belle Vernon 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Coach Matt Humbert takes over at Belle Vernon after leading Ringgold to four consecutive WPIAL Class AAA playoff appearances and 28-13 overall record. "I hated to leave Ringgold, but I couldn't pass ...

Elizabeth Forward 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

The Warriors have made two consecutive WPIAL playoff appearances since Mike LeDonne began his second coaching stint three years ago. The Warriors placed fourth in the Big Nine Conference and finished ...