The Fumbler: Closing act -- proudly stating his case

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Stars are born in the regular season. Some shine brightly in the WPIAL playoffs. But it's in the PIAA championship games where legends are truly made.

The PIAA began contesting state playoffs back in 1988, but in the past 10 years alone, The Fumbler has witnessed some memorable championship-game performances by WPIAL players and teams on the biggest stage of them all.

Back in 2003, The Fumbler remembers watching Darrelle Revis carry Aliquippa to the title by scoring five touchdowns (three rushing, one on a kickoff return, and the other on a blocked field goal return).

In 2007, Jeannette's Terrelle Pryor left the final imprint on his brilliant high school career by accounting for touchdowns on passes, runs and even a reception in a Jayhawks win.

Two years ago, Clairton came back from 24 points down to stun Taylor Riverside, 36-30.

Today and tomorrow, there's a chance another local player or team will achieve legendary status.

The Fumbler thinks that's pretty exciting.

After a perfect mark in the quarterfinals, The Fumbler was 6-2 with his semifinal picks. That moved him to 534-135 (.798) overall.

Hoping to finish off the season with a bang, here's The Fumbler's take on the games about to be contested at Hersheypark Stadium.

Class AAAA

North Allegheny (15-0) vs. Coatesville (13-2), 6 p.m. Saturday -- The Fumbler is intrigued by this quarterback matchup. North Allegheny's Mack Leftwich and Coatesville's Emmett Hunt have combined for more than 6,000 yards passing and 86 touchdowns this season. The Fumbler just thinks Leftwich has more talent around him. Winner: North Allegheny.

Class AAA

Erie Cathedral Prep (14-0) vs. Archbishop Wood (12-2), 7 tonight -- In The Fumbler's eyes, Cathedral Prep was an excellent team being that the Ramblers beat West Allegheny. But after throttling Bishop McDevitt, the respect The Fumbler has for the Ramblers has grown even more. Winner: Erie Cathedral Prep.

Class AA

Aliquippa (15-0) vs. Wyomissing (15-0), noon, Saturday -- What a game this should be. These teams both have wildly productive running games and dominant defenses. Wyomissing will attack Aliquippa with a wing-T offense led by powerful fullback Alex Anzalone. As great as Aliquippa is, The Fumbler thinks the Quips might still be a year away. Winner: Wyomissing.

Class A

Clairton (15-0) vs. Dunmore (14-1), 1 p.m. today -- Clairton's defense faces a major challenge against a Dunmore squad that features a super-sized offensive line. Dunmore, however, faces what might be an even bigger challenge: Keeping up with the Bears' superior speed. Make it four consecutive PIAA titles and 63 wins in a row for the Bears. Winner: Clairton.

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