Every week, we will give you a capsule preview of every game involving WVC and LFC teams presented by Dickson City Hyundai.

 

WEEK 15

 

Bishop McDevitt Crusaders (13-0) vs. Dallas Mountaineers (14-0)

Northern Lehigh Bulldog Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
PIAA Class 4A Semifinal
Series:
First meeting
Last Week: Bishop McDevitt 23, Manheim Central 17; Dallas 28, Bonner-Prendie 27 (OT)
Players To Watch
Bishop McDevitt: QB Stone Saunders; Dallas: WR Gavin Lewis
The Skinny: After winning their past two games by a total of four points, Dallas will face an even taller task this Friday. Bishop McDevitt, the defending Class 4A state champion, has the best players in the Harrisburg area but had to rally in the fourth quarter last week to earn a spot in the semifinals. The Mountaineers will have to deal with skill players that rank as some of the best in the state including Kentucky recruit QB Stone Saunders. Dallas has kept games close the past two weeks and found a way to pull out a win. Keeping it close early will be necessary again this week.
Favorite: Bishop McDevitt by 13
Looking ahead: Winner plays the winner of Aliquippa/Selinsgrove


Southern Columbia Tigers (13-1) vs. Dunmore Bucks (12-2)

Harman-Geist Memorial Field (Hazleton) (Turf) – Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
PIAA Class 2A Semifinal
Series: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: 2017 – Southern Columbia 56-19
Last Week: Southern Columbia 18, Bald Eagle 8; Dunmore 41, Camp Hill 25
Players To Watch
Soluthern Columbia RB Garrett Garcia; Dunmore: OL Nathan Reuther
The Skinny: Two of the better small school programs in the state meet for the third time. The Bucks shocked the Tigers back in 2012 on their way to the state championship game. Southern turned the tables in 2017 on their way to one of their state championships. Since the advent of the PIAA playoff system in 1988, the Tigers have competed in 21 of the 33 state finals, winning thirteen, including a state record six in a row from 2017 through 2022. The Bucks have a state championship of their own back in 1989.  Southern Columbia is sporting their best defense in years, but their offense has struggled at times. Dunmore’s offense has been unstoppable the second half of the season while the defense has been consistent all year. Should be a classic.
Key Matchup: Southern Columbia defensive line vs. Dunmore offensive line
Favorite:
Southern Columbia by 4
Looking ahead: Winner plays the winner of Belle Vernon/Hickory