Woodland Hills did not have the regular season that WPIAL football fans have come to expect, but when it took the field Friday night, it put together a classic Wolverines performance and pulled off a first-round upset.

Anthony Merideth had 150 yards rushing and a touchdown and the defense forced three turnovers for No. 13 Woodland Hills in a 14-0 win over No. 4 Mars in the Class 5A playoffs at Mars Athletic Complex.

“This feels good,” Meredith said. “A lot of people thought we were going to lose. They’re a good team. A lot of people doubted us, so it feels good for us to show them differently.”

The Wolverines advanced to play No. 5 West Allegheny in the quarterfinals next Friday. West Allegheny won the regular season meeting 14-13.

Two keys that helped the Wolverines pull the upset was their ability to run the ball effectively and control the line of scrimmage on defense. They held Mars running back Garrett Reinke to 64 yards rushing. Reinke, a senior, finished second in the WPIAL in rushing in the regular season.

Woodland Hills racked up 285 yards on the ground. Will Clark had 116 yards rushing to go along with Merideth’s 150 yard game.

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