(Photo: Running back Mac Pope, right, is expected to be a key returnee for Upper St. Clair next season. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette.)
"Going into last Friday night's WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal game against Woodland Hills, Upper St. Clair hadn't given up more than 19 points in a game all season.
The Wolverines scored more than that in the first quarter.
Woodland Hills scored 21 first-quarter points in its 42-20 rout of the Panthers at Baldwin High School, denying USC its second consecutive trip to Heinz Field.
"I guess I didn't have them ready," Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render said.
The amount of points the Wolverines (10-2) scored was surprising, especially considering Upper St. Clair (10-2) shut out its first two playoff opponents, Ringgold and Central Catholic."