(Photo: Upper St. Clair running back Mac Pope dives over Central Catholic's Todd Coles for a 5-yard touchdown in the first half Friday at Baldwin High School. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette.)
"Central Catholic coach Terry Totten and his team thought they had a pretty good idea of Upper St. Clair's strength.
"We had a good week of practice and we assessed Upper St. Clair as a very good football team," Totten said, "but not someone who could do this to us."
"This" was like no WPIAL playoff game in the history of Central Catholic.
Upper St. Clair pounded Central Catholic, 38-0, in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal game Friday night at Baldwin High School. The Panthers were superb defensively and took advantage of four Central Catholic turnovers that led to scores.
But while Upper St. Clair's victory might not have been surprising -- the Panthers are the No. 3 seed in the playoffs -- the final score was somewhat shocking. Central Catholic has made the WPIAL playoffs 19 times since joining the league in the mid-1970s. This was the worst playoff loss the Vikings have suffered."