Big Boys Game of the Week
Upper St Clair at Woodland Hills
These are two powerhouse programs that were both in the semi-finals last season. Jim Render and George Novak are two of the best coaches in WPIAL history and both teams feature D1 talent. This is a must-see game if you're in the East End on Friday night.
Honorable Mentions: McKeesport at Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon at North Allegheny
Parkway Conference Game of the Week
New Castle at Central Valley
The Parkway Conference is loaded with talented teams. Rather than trying to choose the AAA game of the week, I'm just going to call it the Parkway Conference Game of the Week, because until the West Mifflin-Thomas Jefferson game, the top Parkway matchup will be the best game in AAA. New Castle with Ohio State commit Malik Hooker (DB/WR) travels to Central Valley to take on a talented Warriors team looking for their third straight conference title.
Honorable Mentions: Franklin Regional at Mars, Montour at Hopewell, West Allegheny at Blackhawk
AA Game of the Week
GCC at Washington
Washington RB Shai McKenzie kicks off his campaign to break Rushel Shell's single-season rushing record at home against Greensburg Central Catholic. The Centurions have one of the best group of linebackers in AA. Washington has to replace most of the rest of their offense around McKenzie, but he has the talent to single-handedly dominate the game. GCC needs a strong start to their season to keep themselves in playoff contention.
Honorable Mentions: South Fayette at McGuffey, South Allegheny at Seton-La Salle (Saturday)
Small School Game of the Week
Apollo-Ridge at North Catholic
The Trojans and the Vikings both made the playoffs last season and return most of their skill players. Two of the best juniors in Class A will be featured in this game in North Catholic RB PJ Fulmore and Apollo-Ridge WR Tre Tipton. The winner will have the inside track towards the conference title right out of the gate.
Honorable Mentions: Avonworth at Rochester, Chartiers-Houston at Clairton