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2022 WPIAL A soccer championship breakdown: Bishop Canevin vs. union

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Thursday, November 24, 2022 | 9:00 PM


WPIAL Class A soccer championship

No. 1 Bishop Canevin vs. No. 10 Union

11 am Friday, Acrisure Stadium

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Radio: KDKA (1020 AM, 100.1 FM)

Winner performs: District 10 champion Reynolds (11-1) or District 9 champion Port Allegany (11-1) in a PIAA semifinal Dec. 2 or 3.

WPIAL titles: Bishop Canevin 2 (1990, 2021), Union 1 (1959)

Bishop Canevin (12-1)

Participant to look at: Xavier Nelson

Acrisure Stadium has a brand new title since final season however Nelson will certainly acknowledge the place. The massive-play extensive receiver and defensive again starred there within the 2021 WPIAL finals with three touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Our Woman of the Sacred Coronary heart. He scored on catches of 67 and 35 yards, and returned an interception 45 yards for a landing.

Statistical leaders

Passing: Kole Olszewski 85-128, 1,373 yards, 16 touchdowns; Jason Cross 50-85, 1,277 yards, 18 TDs, 2 INTs

dashing: Marquis Carter 182-1,545 11 TDs

Receiving: Xavier Nelson 39-1,230 yards, 18 TDs

How they received right here: No. 1 Bishop Canevin defeated No. 16 Jeannette, 63-14, within the first spherical; No. 9 Clairton, 29-6, within the quarterfinals and No. 5 South Aspect, 49-21, within the semifinals.

Possible beginning lineup

Coach: Wealthy Johnson

Offenses

OT, 52, Justin Lashley, 6-1, 240, sr.

G, 63, Zeke Swift, 6-0, 275, jr.

C, 54, Braiden Sudor, 5-10, 210, so.

G, 55, Camden Cooley, 5-9, 265, jr.

OT, 79, Nico Margittai, 6-4, 325, sr.

TE, 88, Mark Jameson, 6-1, 175, so.

(or) TE, 10, Henry Barbisch, 6-4, 205, so.

WR, 6, Xavier Nelson, 5-8, 160, sr.

WR, 3, Lasae Lacks, 5-7, 140, sr.

QB, 2 Jason Cross, 6-0, 165, jr.

(or) QB, 15, Kole Olszewski, 5-10, 165, so.

Protection

DT, 36, Daisean Lacks, 6-0, 215, SO.

DT, 54, Braiden Sudor, 5-10, 210, So.

DE, 10, Henry Barbisch, 6-4, 205, so.

DE, 13, Daiveon Taylor, 6-2, 205, fr.

OLB, 34, Jermell Lindsey, 5-6, 180, So.

MLB, 44, Braden Travis, 5-11, 185, sr.

OLB, 9, Keyshawn McCaskill, 6-2, 175, sr.

CB, 6, Xavier Nelson, 5-8, 160, sr.

CB, 8, Jayden Lindsey, 5-6, 135, so.

SS, 7, A’Zjaun Marshall, 5-9, 160, jr.

FS, 2 Jason Cross, 6-0, 165, jr.

Particular groups

Okay, 4, Geno DeFrank, 5-9, 150, sr.

P, 6, Xavier Nelson, 5-8, 160, sr.

LS, 10, Henry Barbisch, 6-4, 205, so.

Notables: Bishop Canevin is the defending WPIAL champion. The Crusaders defeated Our Woman of the Sacred Coronary heart, 42-7, in final 12 months’s finals … Coach Wealthy Johnson is 30-6 in three season … The Crusaders’ solely loss this 12 months was to Steelton-Highspire, 21-14, in Week Zero . The Steamrollers are ranked No. 1 in PIAA Class A and are competing in a state quarterfinal on Saturday … Canevin led all WPIAL Class A groups in scoring protection by holding opponents to eight.7 factors per sport. Eight of 13 opponents have been held to a landing or much less with 4 shutouts … Braden Travis leads the workforce with 113 complete tackles. Daiveon Taylor has 76 tackles and a team-high 17 sacks. … Jayden Lindsey and Jason Cross have six interceptions every … Offensively, the workforce averages 41.8 factors and scored 60 or extra thrice … The Crusaders use two quarterbacks and each have handed for greater than 1,200 yards this season.

Union (10-3)

Participant to look at: Braylon Thomas

Thomas already has greater than 1,000 dashing yards and wishes solely 19 extra passing yards to achieve that milestone by way of the air. The junior quarterback scored the game-winning landing on a 58-yard run within the semifinals towards Rochester. He additionally threw for 2 touchdowns within the win.

Statistical leaders

Passing: Braylon Thomas 59-130, 981 yards, 10 TDs, 10 INTs

dashing: Braylon Thomas 192-1,168 yards, 15 TDs

Receiving: Maddox Thompson 16-210 yards, 2 TDs

How they received right here: No. 10 Union defeated No. 7 Burgettstown, 32-7, within the first spherical, No. 2 Laurel, 30-28, within the quarterfinals and No. 14 Rochester, 18-16, within the semifinals.

Possible beginning lineup

Coach: Kim Niedbala

Offenses

LT, 53, Jamel Mitchell, 6-2, 200, SO.

LG, 78, Jordan Brown, 6-2, 230, jr.

C, 54, Mason Benedict, 5-10, 230, sr.

RG, 66, Robert McCurdy, 6-0, 195, jr.

RT, Mike Thomas, 6-2, 250, sr.

WR, 21, Dayne Johnke, 6-1, 170, jr.

WR, 7, Maddox Thompson, 6-0, 175, so.

WR, 10, Elijah Booker, 5-10, 150, sr.

WR, 4, Matt Stanley, 5-10, 180, sr.

TE, 20, Kaden Fisher, 6-4, 200, sr.

FB, 44, Mark Stanley, 6-2, 250, sr.

RB, 24, Mike Gunn, 6-0, 175, jr.

QB, 2, Braylon Thomas, 6-2, 180, jr.

Protection

DE, 53, Jamel Mitchell, 6-2, 200, So.

DT, 44, Mark Stanley, 6-2, 250, sr.

DE, 55, Antonio Perez, 5-10, 180, sr.

LB, 20, Kaden Fisher, 6-4, 200, sr.

LB, 8, Brennen Porter, 6-1, 190, sr.

LB, 4, Matt Stanley, 5-10, 180, sr.

LB, 7, Maddox Thompson, 6-0, 175, so.

DB, 10, Elijah Booker, 5-10, 150, sr.

DB, 24, Mike Gunn, 6-0, 175, jr.

DB, 25, Grayson Blakely, 6-0, 170, jr.

DB, 21, Dayne Johnke, 6-1, 170, jr.

Particular groups

Okay/P, 2, Braylon Thomas, 6-2, 180, jr.

Notables: Union has reached the WPIAL finals for the primary time since a runner-up end to Springdale, 20-14, within the 1973 Class 2A championship sport. That is the workforce’s third look total. The Scotties tied Avonworth, 13-13, in 1959 … Kim Niedbala is a first-year head coach after stints as an assistant at Mt. Lebanon, West Allegheny, Edinboro College and Clarion College … His father Wealthy Niedbala received three WPIAL titles at Western Beaver (1976, ’83 and ’94) … The Scotties have twice as many dashing yards (2,192) as passing yards (1,006). 4 rushers have topped 200 yards: Braylon Thomas (1,168 yards), Mike Gunn (403), Andrew Cartwright (264) and Matt Stanley (262). … Union completed second within the Huge Seven Convention. The workforce is the primary double-digit seed to achieve the WPIAL finals since No. 14 Central Valley received the Class 3A title in 2010 … Union averages 28.3 ppg on offense and permits 16.9 on protection.

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Evaluation Employees Author. You may contact Chris by electronic mail at charlan@triblive.com or by way of Twitter .

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