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Breakdown of 2022-23 WPIAL Boys Football Score Changes

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Monday 20 June 2022 | 8:18 am


WPIAL has released, or will soon release, new section lineups for the next two-year cycle across all sports, and the changes will be made starting this fall.

This summer, the Tribune-Review will cover the changes for each of the WPIAL sports.

Here’s a look at the upcoming WPIAL Boys Football Season:

2021 WPIAL Championship

Class 4A: Seneca Valley 3, Pieters Township 1.

Class 3A: Hampton 1, West Allegheny 0

Grade 2A: Quaker Valley 5, Northern Catholic 0

Class A: Winchester Thurston 3, Greensburg CC 1

Notable changes

• There will be significant changes to WPIAL Junior Football Class 4A this season.

Four teams move to class 3A, resulting in a transition from a 21-team three-section alignment to a 16-team two-section grouping.

Section 1 remains largely intact, with Central Catholics joining the remnants of Butler, Fox Chapel, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine Richland, Seneca Valley, and Shaler.

As section rivals Penn-Trafford, Latrobe and Connellsville move into Class 3A along with Bethel Park, Section 2 will include a mashup of the remaining Class 4A teams.

This group includes WPIAL finalist Peters Township, who decided to play along to keep the rivalry with Canon-McMillan, Mt.

• Enrollment forces Northern Catholic School, which finished second in WPIAL Class 2A last season, to move to Class 3A where it will join a challenging Section 1 that includes defending 3A champion Hampton as well as quarter-finalists Mars and Kiski Area. Ambridge, a class 2A semi-finalist last season, also moved up to class 3A.

• Sections 2-2A will have a new look this season. The remnants of Deer Lakes, Derry, Leechburg and Shady Side Academy will host Freeport, Greensburg Salem and Knoch, who dropped out of 3A, and Jeanette decided to play along with the class. Former members Burrell and Ligonier Valley have moved to Class A and Valley will not play on the WPIAL schedule.

• Woodland Hills, West Mifflin, Belle Vernon, Washington and Beaver also dropped from 3A to 2A. In addition, Riverside has been upgraded from Grade A to Grade 2A.

• Freedom and Charleroi join Burrell and Ligonier Valley from 2A to A.

New team

• McKeesport will field a boys’ football team this season and join Section 4-3A with Franklin Regional, Gateway, Latrobe, Obama Academy, Penn Hills, Penn-Trafford and Plum. The Tigers went 4-11 last season and 2-5-1 in 2020 out of the league.

Outside WPIAL

• In addition to not participating in the WPIAL schedule, Brashear will also not be participating in WPIAL this season. Brashear, an Urban League school, has been playing in WPIAL since the 2012-13 season. Other City League Allderdice and Obama Academy teams will continue to play in WPIAL for the next two seasons.

• New Brighton, who did not field a team last season, will also not have a team with a WPIAL schedule for the next two years.

Key dates

August 15: first practice

August 21: Date of the first fight.

August 26: First game date

October 19: Football playoffs

November 3-5: WPIAL championship games

November 18-19: PIAA Championship games

2022-23 alignment

Class 4A (16 teams)

Section 1: Butler, Catholic Central, Fox Chapel, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine Richland, Seneca Valley, Chaler.

Section 2: Alderdyce, Baldwin, Canon Macmillan, Hempfield, Mount Lebanon, Norwyn, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair.

Class 3A (31 teams)

Section 1: Armstrong, Hampton, Highlands, Indiana, Kiskey District, Mars, Northern Catholic.

Section 2: Umbridge, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Chartier Valley, Montour, Moon, South Fayette, West Allegheny.

Section 3: Albert Gallatin*, Bethel Park, Connellsville, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold, Thomas Jefferson, Trinity, Uniontown*

Division 4: Franklin Regional, Gateway, Latrobe, McKeesport, Obama Academy*, Penn Hills, Penn-Trafford, Plum

Class 2A (31 teams)

Precinct 1: East Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward, Woodland Hills, Keystone Oaks, South Allegheny, South Park, Steel Valley, West Mifflin.

Section 2: Deer Lakes, Derry, Freeport, Greensburg-Salem, Knoch, Leechburg*, Shady Side Academy, Jeannette.

Precinct 3: Belle Vernon, Brownsville, McGuffey, Mount Pleasant, Southmoreland, Washington*, Waynesburg Central, South.

Section 4: Avonworth*, Beaver, Ellwood City*, Hopewell, Mohawk, Quaker Valley, Riverside.

Class A (27 teams)

Section 1: Beaver County Christian, Eden Christian Academy, Liberty, Neshannock, OLSH, Sewickley Academy, South Side

Section 2: Benworth, Bet Center, CA*, Catholic Geibel, Greensburg, CC, Ligonier Valley.

Section 3: Aquinas Academy, Burrell, Riverview, Springdale, St. Joseph, Trinity Christian, Winchester Thurston.

Section 4: Bishop Canevin, Brentwood, Carlinton, Chartier-Houston, Serra Catholic, Seton LaSalle

* Co-sponsorship

Bill Hartlep is the sports editor for the Tribune-Review. You can reach Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BHartlep_Trib.

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