Woodland Hills 42, Upper St. Clair 20
Woodland Hills took advantage of three early mistakes by Upper St. Clair to build a 21-0 first quarter lead on their way to a 42-20 victory.
The Upper St. Clair offense finally took the field, but quickly found themselves in a punting situation. A low snap skidded past the punter who finally picked up the ball, but was tackled by a host of Wolverines inside the five yard line. This time it was Alex Beasley to turn a short run into seven points and give Woodland Hills a 14-0 lead.
Another Panther fumble set up a 25-yard touchdown run by Art Thompkins and a 21-0 Wolverine lead.
Upper St. Clair made it a game again with two second quarter touchdowns to make it 21-14 at halftime.
Woodland Hills opened things up to start the first half as Cody McClelland lead the Wolverines on another scoring drive. McClelland completed four passes on the drive for 63 yards. Three passes went to Tom Greene and the drive was capped off by a 31 yard touchdown pass to Khalil Harper to make it 28-14.
The Wolverines next score was setup by an 81 yard pass from McClelland to Green, which was the Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home Play of the Game. Three plays later the two would connect again on an eight yard touchdown pass for a 35-7 lead.
The defense then took over with a pair of interceptions. Daechaud Ausbrooks caught a pass tipped off a receivers hands and Trevon Mathis turned an interception at mid-field into a touchdown with a 50 yard return. Mathis and Green both earlier made interceptions in the end zone to stop Upper St. Clair scoring threats. The do would share honors as the State Senator Jay Costa Players of the Game.
Woodland Hills will make their third trip to Heinz Field in the past four year and will face top ranked North Allegheny at 2 PM Friday. This will be the 8th trip to the WPIAL AAAA Championship game in 26 years. They will be playing for their 6th WPIAL title.