(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)
(Photo: BCR Archives)
Before it “all comes down to this”, five Beaver County teams will have make one final push in order to battle for WPIAL gold next week at Acrisure Stadium. Rochester, South Side Beaver, Beaver Falls, Aliquippa, and Central Valley are all just 48 minutes away from a trip to Pittsburgh, a date with destiny–and for a couple teams, a rematch to the stars.
A rematch will be in order tonight for the Rochester Rams (7-4), as they play Big Seven foe Union (9-3) in the Class 1A Semifinals tonight on 99.3 FM, 1230 WBVP and the Trib Live High School Sports Network. The last time these teams met, the Scotties broke a scoreless tie in the final minute to down the Rams on Homecoming night. Now the #14 Rams look for revenge coming off of a 30-14 quarterfinal victory against #6 Fort Cherry, while the #10 Scotties look for the season series sweep coming off of a 30-28 upset of #2 Laurel. Bruce Frey and Eddy Crow will have the call from Bulldog Stadium in Freedom tonight, with pregame at 6:30 and kickoff set for 7:00 PM.
On 95.7 FM, 1460 WMBA and Trib Live tonight, there will also be a rematch…albeit one calendar year in the making. #1 seed Aliquippa (10-0) looks to return to the championship game as they battle #5 McKeesport (11-1) in the Class 4A semifinals. This is the second consecutive year that these two teams have met in the semis, with the Quips outlasting the Tigers in last year’s contest by a score of 27-21 in double overtime. In this year’s playoffs, the Quips enter tonight’s contest following a 41-7 walloping of #9 Montour, while McKeesport last week knocked off #4 Armstrong by a tally of 41-21. Mike Azadian and John Perrotto have the call from Canon-McMillan for tonight’s contest, with pregame at 6:30 and kickoff set for 7:00 PM.
Here’s all eight contests for tonight’s WPIAL semifinals, the winners move on to the championships at Acrisure Stadium (formerly Heinz Field) next Friday. All games tonight are at 7:00 PM:
#14 Rochester vs. #10 Union (at Freedom) (99.3 FM/WBVP)
#5 South Side Beaver vs. #1 Bishop Canevin (at Peters Township)
#3 Sto-Rox vs. #2 Beaver Falls (at Ambridge)
#4 Neshannock vs. #1 Steel Valley (at Montour)
#4 Freeport vs. #1 Belle Vernon (at Gateway)
#6 Shady Side Academy vs. #2 Avonworth (at Fox Chapel)
#5 McKeesport vs. #1 Aliquippa (at Canon-McMillan) (95.7 FM/WMBA)
#3 Thomas Jefferson vs. #2 Central Valley (at North Allegheny)
After all the games are over, make sure to tune in to the Trib Live HSSN Scoreboard show up until 11:00 PM on Beaver County Radio.