A preview of Tuesday’s semi-finals
A video about all three PIAA football playoff games involving teams from the Times coverage area on Tuesday.
Moon (18-1-1) vs. Central Dauphin (22-0)
Details: Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Hollidaysburg High School
Scouting the Tigers: WPIAL Class 4A women’s football champions Moon Tigers won another close game on Saturday, beating Owen J. Roberts 1-0 with a goal from Kayla Leseck. The Tigers are led by legendary head coach Bill Pfeifer and are looking for the fourth PIAA Championship in the program.
Scouting the Rams: District 3 Central Champion Dauphin seems to be in the middle of a magical season. The Rams enter Tuesday night with a perfect 22-0 record, just after a 1-0 win over McDowell in the PIAA quarterfinals. Central Dauphin is headed by Scott Orner. The Rams’ schedule has never played in a PIAA Championship game.
West Allegheny (23-1) vs. Hampton (21-1)
Details: Tuesday at 8 p.m. at North Allegheny High School
Scouting the Indians: West Allegheny has lost to a team this season and on Tuesday he will have a chance for revenge. Since falling to Hampton 1-0 in the WPIAL Class 3A Championship, the Indians have been in tears, overtaking the teams a 13-0 total in the first two rounds of the PIAA playoffs. West Allegheny has reached the state title game twice, winning in 2018 and losing in 2013. The Indians are led by head coach Kevin Amos.
Scouting the Talbots: Hampton remains scorching, beating Franklin Regional 2-0 in the quarterfinals. The Talbots have only reached a state final once in program history, where they have drawn 0-0 with Great Valley. Hampton is led by head coach Chuck Kelly.
Quaker Valley (22-2) vs. North Catholic (14-8)
Details: Tuesday at 8 p.m. at North Hills High School
Scouting the Quakers: The WPIAL Class 2A Champions will have a familiar opponent in the State Semifinals, as they take on the foe from the North Catholic Section for the fourth time this year. Quaker Valley is coming out of a dominant 7-0 victory over Somerset where a plethora of players were involved in the scoring action. The Quakers aim to win the program’s eighth PIAA title and the first under head coach JJ Veshio.
Scouting the Trojans: Cinderella’s Race Continues for North Catholic. The No.9 seed in the WPIAL 2A class is just one of four teams remaining statewide after beating Ambridge 2-0 on Saturday. North Catholic has a local connection as Dylan Greggs, from Central Township, is the team’s leading scorer. The Trojans are led by head coach Aaron Kelly, who hopes to guide his team to the program’s very first appearance for the PIAA title.