PIAA football playoffs: Coatesville, St. Joe’s Prep, Archbishop Wood move on to semifinals
Upper Dublin, Imhotep Charter and West Catholic will also be in action this weekend.
Coatesville and St. Joseph's Prep are both a win away from playing for the PIAA Class 6A state football championship.
Coatesville (14-0) will take on District 3's Harrisburg (12-1) in a semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium.
In the other semifinal, also at 1 p.m. Saturday, St. Joe's Prep (11-0) will face District 7's Pine-Richland (11-2) at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
This will mark Coatesville's second meeting this season with Harrisburg. The Red Raiders cruised past the host Cougars, 37-6, in the opener for both teams on Aug. 24.
Coatesville has outscored opponents by 684-158; St. Joe's Prep has prevailed by a margin of 491-172.
The Red Raiders are trying to earn a berth in the final for the first time since 2012; the Hawks are seeking their fifth appearance in Hershey in the last six years. They won titles in 2013, 2014, and 2016.
St. Joe's Prep vs. Pine-Richland is a rematch of last year's state final, won by Pine-Richland, 41-21, in the snow.
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Two area teams, Archbishop Wood and Upper Dublin, have reached the Class 5A semifinals.
Wood (9-3) will meet District 7's Penn Hills (14-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Chambersburg.
>> READ MORE: Tom Santiago rushes Wood to semis
Upper Dublin (12-1) will square off against District 3's Manheim Central (13-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Wissahickon.
Imhotep Charter (12-2) looks to punch a return ticket to the Class 4A final when it battles Bethlehem Catholic at 7 p.m. Friday at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium.
>> READ MORE: Imhotep routs Valley View to advance
Last year, Imhotep defeated Bethlehem Catholic by 38-28 in the semis before falling to District 10's Erie Cathedral Prep, 38-28, in the final.
In Class 2A, West Catholic (12-2) looks to move closer to its first state title since 2010 when it plays District 4's Southern Columbia (14-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Northern Lehigh.
>> READ MORE: West Catholic's secondary helps Burrs advance past Richland to semis
Jacir Savoy carried 27 times for 183 yards and two scores as the Burrs easily handled District 6's Richland, 35-7, in Friday's quarterfinal at Central York.
Southern Columbia, which has outscored foes by 768-142, is the defending state champ. The Tigers hammered District 10's Wilmington, 48-0, in last season's final.
Southern Columbia junior wide receiver Julian Fleming has 68 catches for 1,446 yards and 20 TDs. He has scholarship offers from Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Penn State, and USC, among others.
PIAA Class 5A semifinals
Archbishop Wood vs. Penn Hills, at Chambersburg, 7 p.m.
Upper Dublin vs. Manheim Central, at Wissahickon, 7 p.m.
PIAA Class 4A semifinal
Imhotep Charter vs. Bethlehem Catholic, at Northeast, 7 p.m.
PIAA Class 2A semifinal
West Catholic vs. Southern Columbia, at Northern Lehigh, 7 p.m.
PIAA Class 6A semifinals
Coatesville vs. Harrisburg, at HersheyPark Stadium, 1 p.m.
St. Joseph's Prep vs. Pine-Richland, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona, 1 p.m.