PIAA Class AAA State Semifinal
No. 4 Archbishop Wood (11-2) vs. Selinsgrove (14-0), 7 p.m. Friday at HersheyPark Stadium
Coaches. For Wood, Steve Devlin is 32-8 in three seasons. Selinsgrove's Dave Hess is 27-2 in two years.
Deja vu. At the same location, day and time last year, the Vikings knocked off the District 4 champions, 13-7, to earn a berth in the state final versus District 7 titlist Thomas Jefferson.
Dominant. Selinsgrove, located along the Susquehanna River and about an hour east of State College, has outscored foes, 642-89, this season. It has won by 30 or more points 11 times. The closest game was a 35-28 victory at Class A Southern Columbia in Week 7.
Potent attack. The Seals' I-formation/multiple/spread offense is engineered by Cory Briggs. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior, bound for Harvard, has connected on 130 of 232 passes for 1,875 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Receiving corps. Briggs' top targets are wideouts Ryan Keiser (51 catches for 549 yards, 14 TDs) and Matt Ruby (19 catches, 259 yards, 4 TDs), and tight end Kyle Schuck (30 catches, 376 yards, 7 TDs).
Ground game. Selinsgrove's rushing attack is fueled by 5-9, 175-pound tailback Kyle Reinard (132 carries for 1,195 yards, 14 TDs) and 6-0, 225-pound fullback Matt Wenrich (59 carries, 437 yards, 7 TDs).
Interior. Hess said a Selinsgrove offensive line that averages between 220 and 225 pounds is anchored by 6-1, 240-pound center Jon Trego.
Defense. Switching between 4-4 and 3-5 schemes, the Seals have allowed just 6.4 points per game. They have a rock-solid linebacking corps.
Quotable. "Archbishop Wood is an excellent football team, especially up front," Hess said. "I don't know how you control an offensive line that averages about 265 pounds. It's going to be a gigantic challenge for us."
Analysis. The Vikings are bigger in the trenches, but Selinsgrove has the big-game experience and overall quickness to overcome the size differential. Wood has come a long way since an 0-2 start, but we think they come up short here.
Pick: Selinsgrove, 27-21.