PIAA Class AA state championship, Wilmington (14-1) vs. West Catholic (14-1), at Hersheypark Stadium, tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Wilmington, of District 10, has been living dangerously in its run to Hershey. The Greyhounds have won their last three games by a combined 10 points. Two of those victories, including last week's 29-28 triumph over District 7 champion Aliquippa, came in overtime.

West Catholic, powered by a score-from-anywhere-on-the-field offense, has had a much easier go of it. Including the Catholic League tournament, the Burrs have won seven playoff contests by an average of 41.2 points.

Here is a quick look at the game:

Coaches.

Terry Verrelli is 232-102-3 in 30 seasons at Wilmington. In 10 years at West Catholic, Brian Fluck is 84-43.

Records.

The Greyhounds' only loss was to Karns City in Week 7. The Burrs' lone defeat came in Week 3, when they were nipped by Catholic League AAAA champ La Salle, 27-26, in a nonleague matchup.

Fast facts.

Wilmington is situated in New Wilmington, about 60 miles Northwest of Pittsburgh. Verrelli is the second-winningest coach in District 10 history, behind only Warren's J.B. Leidig (270 victories from 1912 to 1951). The Greyhounds have outscored opponents this season, 563-144. This will be their first appearance in the state final since 1988, when they fell to Bethlehem Catholic, 26-11, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. . . . West Catholic has won three straight Catholic League crowns. The Burrs have outscored foes, 741-187. They have scored 50 or more points in nine games.

Wilmington offense.

The Greyhounds, with a wing-T scheme, rely heavily on fullback Derrick Burns. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound junior has carried 168 times for 1,403 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns. Outside running threats are halfbacks Sutton Whiting (108 carries for 834 yards, 12 TDs) and Jake DeMedal (66 for 389, six). Quarterback Shane Wagner has completed 88 of 171 passes for 1,333 yards and 21 TDs, with eight interceptions.

West offense.

The lightning-quick Burrs are averaging 52.9 points per game. It all starts with dual-threat quarterback Curtis Drake. The Penn State recruit has passed for 1,292 yards and 15 TDs, with three INTs. He has rushed 99 times for 1,527 yards and 21 scores. Rob Hollomon has been sensational at halfback, carrying 136 times for 1,821 yards and scoring 41 total TDs. Halfback Raymond Maples (122 for 1,132, 16) rounds out the lethal attack.

Wilmington defense.

The Greyhounds have a 4-4 alignment. They have yielded 9.6 points and 161.1 total yards per game. Burns, at linebacker, has totaled 93 tackles, including 56 solos. The other leaders are linebackers Carson Sharbaugh (74 tackles) and Chad Palladino (50), and tackle Clint DeRosa (74).

West defense.

The Burrs, using a 4-3 scheme, have given up 12.5 points a game. They have allowed 107 rushing yards and 83 passing yards per outing. Their anchors include linebacker Dante Dickens (56 solos, 23 assists), ends Chris Williams (39, 21) and Artis Carroll (26, 19), and tackle John Ruppert (27, 17). Hollomon, at cornerback, has five INTs.

Analysis.

Defensively, the key for the Burrs is to clog the line and stop Burns. They also have to squash tosses and speed sweeps. The District 12 champs are quicker, bigger and more physical. That should spell another big day for Drake and company. Also look for the Greyhounds, with eight two-way starters, to get worn down.

Pick.

West Catholic, 27-7.

West Catholic Vs. Wilmington

Here are the probable starters for the Burrs and Greyhounds:

WEST CATHOLIC (14-1)

OFFENSE

Pos.    No.    Player                Ht.       Wt.      Class

TE    41       Jim Lynch             6-3       205       Soph.

T       78       Victor McNair         6-0       280      Sr.

G       60       Covisia Wilson       6-1      240       Sr.

C       50       Jake Zuzek             6-2       290       Jr.

G       54       Paul Murtagh          5-11       225       Sr.

T       64       Austin Peters          6-0       295       Sr.

WR    7       Eric Young             5-9       160       Sr.

QB    2       Curtis Drake          6-0       165       Sr.

HB    22       Rob Hollomon          5-9       150       Sr.

HB    3       Raymond Maples       6-1       195       Sr.

FB    4       Juan Rozier          6-0       210       Sr.

DEFENSE

Pos.   No.    Player                Ht.         Wt.       Class

E       85      Chris Williams          6-2       215       Sr.

T       71       John Ruppert          5-9      290       Jr.

T       77       Dwayne Shaw          6-4      225       Sr.

E       42       Artis Carroll          6-0      215       Sr.

LB    40       Bill Tobin             6-0       170       Jr.

LB    15       Dante Dickens          5-11       170       Jr.

LB    8       Jordan Culbreath       6-0       230       Jr.

CB    22       Rob Hollomon          5-9       150       Sr.

CB    9       Ray Manuel          5-8       160       Jr.

SS    3       Raymond Maples    6-1       195       Sr.

FS    82       Haleem Hayward    6-1       180       Sr.

WILMINGTON (14-1)

OFFENSE

Pos.   No.    Player                Ht.       Wt.       Class

TE    44       Dallas Hartman       6-5       235       Sr.

T      51       Brad Bober             6-0       284       Sr.

G       50       Brian Fulkman          5-10       165       Sr.

C       60       Clint DeRosa          6-0       242      Sr.

G       76       Ryan Welch          6-1       205       Sr.

T       74       Sean Christofferson 6-3       222       Sr.

SE    86       Matt Wagner          6-6       180       Sr.

QB    11       Shane Wagner       6-0       185       Sr.

FB    27       Derrick Burns          5-11      195       Jr.

HB    24       Sutton Whiting       5-8       150       Soph.

HB    18       Jake DeMedal          6-1       170       Jr.

DEFENSE

Pos.   No.   Player                Ht.       Wt.       Class

E       8       Josh Phillian          5-9       170       Jr.

T       44       Dallas Hartman       6-5       235       Sr.

T       60       Clint DeRosa          6-0       242       Sr.

E       76       Ryan Welch          6-1       205       Sr.

LB    27       Derrick Burns          5-11       195       Jr.

LB    6       Carson Sharbaugh    6-5       215       Sr.

LB    3       Chad Palladino      5-9       152       Jr.

LB    86      Matt Wagner          6-6       180       Sr.

CB    18       Jake DeMedal          6-1       170       Jr.

CB    24       Sutton Whiting       5-8      150       Soph.

S       11       Shane Wagner       6-0      185       Sr.