The PIAA football season will wrap up this weekend with four championship games being held at HersheyPark Stadium in Hershey, PA. If you cannot make it to Hershey, the games are all televised by the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) and Pitt fans should tune at 7:00 p.m. tonight to see the spectacular Jordan Whitehead.
As you may very well know, currently, Whitehead is the headliner to the 2015 Pitt football recruiting class. That could be in jeopardy, of course, with the coaching turmoil in which Pitt has found itself. But the 5'10" four-star cornerback recruit is the star player for Central Valley High School in Beaver County. He has put the team on his back in recent weeks, and carried them all the way to the state championship game. Whitehead is a sensational offensive threat at the high school level, and is starting to make him a defensive-only player at Pitt that much more difficult.
Whitehead has been putting up insane numbers during the playoff run for the Warriors. In a state quarterfinal game against Conneaut Area, Whitehead rushed for over 200 yards on seven carries. You read that correctly, 200 yards on seven carries. Whitehead is a special player, and he played a big part in the semifinal victory over Bishop McDevitt last week. The future Panther rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown, had a game changing return, and intercepted a pass while deflecting four others. He is a complete player, and one that Pitt fans should be very excited to see.
As far the game itself, you have a classic case of the best player going up against the best team. Whitehead was recently vaulted up the recruiting rankings by Rivals.com, and he is now listed as the top player in Pennsylvania. The way this season has been going, it's hard to imagine there are any players in this state better than him. As for the best team, Archbishop Wood will be looking for their second consecutive state title. The Vikings have been a mainstay power since joining the PIAA a few years ago, and they are loaded with talent. Archbishop Wood features a pair of seniors committed to Penn State, and it will make for a very entertaining game.