Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Showdown Woodland Hills, Central Catholic Collide in Heavyweight Battle

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Showdown Woodland Hills, Central Catholic Collide in Heavyweight Battle

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Two WPIAL heavyweights will square off tonight in what is arguably the most anticipated game of this year's playoffs.

And to think, this is just for the right to advance to the main event.

A spot in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship will be on the line when perennial powers Woodland Hills and Central Catholic go toe-to-toe in a semifinal at Fox Chapel High School. The winner will play either Pine-Richland or Penn-Trafford next Saturday at Heinz Field.

Top seed Woodland Hills (11-0) and No. 5 seed Central Catholic (10-1) are no strangers to one another. The two are meeting in the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Central Catholic beat Woodland Hills, 27-7, in the 2013 title game, and again topped the Wolverines, 28-0, in last year's quarterfinals. At least one of the two has reached the championship 13 of the past 16 seasons, with each winning four titles. The Vikings were the runner-up last season.

Central Catholic is hoping for another brilliant effort from its star-studded defense. The shutout win against Woodland Hills last season marked the first time the Wolverines had been blanked in a playoff game in 11 years and was the second-worst playoff lost in the program's existence. Afterward, Central Catholic coach Terry Totten called his team's defensive performance one of the best in school history.

Putting the clamps on the Woodland Hills offense again won't be easy. The Wolverines boast a tremendous rushing attack led by likely the top running back tandem in the WPIAL in Miles Sanders and Jo-El Shaw.

Both have rushed for more than 1,000 yards and have combined to score 38 touchdowns. The Wolverines have rushed for 549 yards in two postseason games. The Wolverines don't air the ball out much - they attempted only one pass in the quarterfinals - but quarterback Daron Cooper has kept defenses honest by throwing 10 touchdown passes. …

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