Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heinz Plans a Tasty Menu

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heinz Plans a Tasty Menu

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The objective of every WPIAL team, of course, is to play at Heinz Field. Four of them will do so Friday night, and relish the experience.

But as much as they'll enjoy center stage, they'd prefer to be there for an encore 78 days later.

An interesting doubleheader has been forged there this Friday. At 6 p.m., Seton-LaSalle and South Fayette will meet in a Class AA Century Conference showdown. Then 30 minutes afterward, or about 8:45, traditional AAAA powers Mt. Lebanon and McKeesport Area will tee it up.

No one should consider the opener of this show a "warmup act." Seton-LaSalle and South Fayette are two of the better teams in the Century Conference.

Seton, in fact, is No. 3 in the Post-Gazette's WPIAL rankings.

"Our kids are really pleased to be playing where the Steelers and Pitt Panthers play," said South Fayette coach T.J. Plack. "Facing Seton-LaSalle, one of top teams in AA, makes it better."

An underdog in Week 6 last season, South Fayette barreled to a 20- 0 lead and staved off the Rebels, 25-14. Seton's Bill Stull passed for 217 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted four times.

That game, as it turned out, determined the third and final playoff berth from the Century.

Both opened impressively last Friday. Seton pounded Northgate, last year's Century champ, 26-0, and the Lions held on for a 24-20 win against Sto-Rox, the WPIAL Class A runner-up in 2003.

This will be a joust between passers who combined for 4,039 yards and 36 touchdowns a year ago. It will be Stull, a senior being recruited by Mississippi, vs. Andrew DiDonato, a junior who threw for 338 yards Friday.

Game two will feature M&M teams that melted Friday in non- conference games. McKeesport had a 21-7 halftime bulge at home against North Hills, but lost, 28-21. Mt. Lebanon, meanwhile, was smacked around at Baldwin, 31-13.

Lebo is trying to avoid a second straight 0-2 start and end a jinx. …

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