Well, boys and girls, it's coming up on high school football season. Training camps will be opening soon, and Friday nights in Western PA will be echoing with the popping of pads, screaming cheerleaders and bands playing fight songs. And of course, I'll be along to cover the upcoming season in the City League. This is the traditional first post for the season, the rundown of the non conference schedule for the league.
The City League released their 2015 football schedule, and the most interesting development for the D8 schools is the return of the WPIAL to City League schedules for the first time since the 2012-2013 school year.
Disclaimer: This schedule information comes from the Post-Gazette website and the Pittsburgh Public schools website at http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/Page/1427
Each City school will play at least one school from the WPIAL’s Greater Allegheny Conference (GAC) (AAA) this season. Allderdice and Brashear have two GAC schools on their schedules while the other four schools will play one. Greensburg Salem is the odd man out in that they won’t be playing any City League schools in 2015.
****City vs GAC****
All games played at the WPIAL school.
Allderdice @ Hampton Sept 4
@ Indiana Oct 9
Brashear @ Armstrong Oct 16
@ Franklin Regional Oct 23
Carrick @ Knoch Sept 18
Perry @ Gateway Sept 11
University Prep @ Mars October 12
Westinghouse @ Hollidaysburg Sept 25
And for the first time ever (as far as I know) the City’s JV football teams will also face off against WPIAL competition as the GAC’s JV squads will travel to Cupples Stadium to play their City League opponents. Those games will take place on Saturday mornings during the season.
City League teams will also be facing a slate of non-D7 opponents this season. Slippery Rock has become one of the City’s go-to teams in the last couple years as well as the usual West-By-Gawd Virginia suspects, Wheeling Park and Wheeling Central Catholic. No City teams have scheduled Linsly Academy this season, but three teams have scheduled home games against former WPIAL school Imani Christian. I’m guessing that the attempt to co-op with Wilkinsburg must have fallen through. University Prep will be making trips into the Buckeye State to take on perennial powers, Bishop Hartley out of Columbus (The same team that crushed Perry in 2013), and the Steubenville Big Red.
****City vs Non D7 & D8****
Allderdice @ Wheeling Park, WV Sept 11
Brashear vs Imani Christian Sept 4
Carrick vs Imani Sept 25
@ Wheeling Park, WV Oct 16
Perry @Slippery Rock Sept 14
vs Imani Oct 9
U-Prep @ Bp. Hartley, OH Sept 4
@ Steubenville, OH Oct 23
Westinghouse @ Wheeling Central Sept 18
@Saltsburg Oct 2