First round of WPIAL football playoffs has artificial look to it

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On the surface, there will be nothing natural about the first round of the WPIAL football playoffs.

Twelve schools that were scheduled to play home games on natural grass fields decided to move their games to schools with artificial turf. The moves were made because of the rainy weather from Hurricane Sandy, and the changes mean all 32 first-round games will be played on artificial turf.

Aliquippa, Burrell, Jeannette, Freeport and Washington are Class AA teams that moved their games while Clairton, Springdale Jefferson-Morgan, Monessen, Sto-Rox, Beth-Center and Rochester switched games in Class A.

The new game sites in Class AA are: Steel Valley vs. Aliquippa at Moon, Mount Pleasant vs. Burrell at Valley; South Allegheny vs. Jeannette at Norwin; Beaver Falls vs. Freeport at Highlands; Shady Side Academy vs. Washington at Washington & Jefferson College.

The new Class A sites are: Frazier vs. Clairton at Belle Vernon; Brentwood vs. Springdale at Fox Chapel; Neshannock vs. Jefferson-Morgan at Waynesburg High School; Apollo-Ridge vs. Monessen at Charleroi; Carmichaels vs. Sto-Rox at North Hills; Union vs. Beth-Center at California High School; Avonworth vs. Rochester at Ambridge.

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