"With five WPIAL titles to his credit, West Allegheny coach Bob Palko knows the path to Heinz Field, it usually runs through Thomas Jefferson and it usually involves a strong defense.
That was true in 2009, the previous time the Indians reached the WPIAL Class AAA final, and it was true Friday night at Bethel Park.
Behind a dominating defensive performance, No. 4 West Allegheny (11-1) knocked off unbeaten top seed Thomas Jefferson (11-1), 24-7.
The West Allegheny defense forced three turnovers and forced the Jaguars to turn the ball over on downs with more than five minutes to play to all but ice the game and send the Indians back to Heinz Field, where they will play West Mifflin."