Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Montour-Central Valley: Rematch Has Role Reversal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Montour-Central Valley: Rematch Has Role Reversal

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The scenario is similar, but the roles have been reversed.

That sums up the WPIAL Class AAA semifinal game between Central Valley and Montour.

Last season, Montour went unbeaten during the regular season and entered the playoffs as the favorite in Class AAA. The Spartans success continued in the playoffs with three consecutive victories.

Montour's only loss came in the WPIAL title game. Central Valley, the No. 14 seed, recorded four upsets in the 16-team bracket to claim the WPIAL title. The Warriors capped their unlikely run with a 24-7 victory against Montour at Heinz Field.

"Montour beat us during the regular season, but we won the game that really mattered," Central Valley coach Mark Lyons said.

The Warriors lost to Montour, 12-7, in the Parkway Conference.

The roles have been reversed this year.

Central Valley went unbeaten during the regular season, including a 27-16 victory against Montour in week six. The Warriors entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed and have looked impressive in playoff victories against Laurel Highlands, 60-20, and Ringgold, 44-28.

Montour was seeded No. 5 in the bracket after placing second to Central Valley in the Parkway Conference. The Spartans have since recorded victories against Chartiers Valley, 55-20, and West Mifflin, 31-7.

Next on the agenda for both teams is Friday's rematch. The game will be played at Ambridge High School's Moe Rubenstein Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

"[Montour] will be looking for revenge," Lyons said. "Coach [Lou] Cerro will no doubt tell his players that the pressure is on us because we're the defending champion. But I don't believe that. There's no pressure on us. Our kids understand that if we play well and do the things we're supposed to, then we can win again."

Cerro is hoping to reverse the tables.

"We've had three losses in two years, and two of them were to Central Valley," the Montour coach said. "We have to do something to change that outcome."

Both teams feature a potent offense. Central Valley is averaging 40.5 points per game, while Montour is averaging 38.5.

Montour features possibly the best foursome of skilled players in the WPIAL -- quarterback Dillon Buechel, tailback Julian Durden and receivers Devin Wilson and Darren Massey. …

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