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PREVIEW: Woodland Hills vs. Upper St. Clair (PA)

August 26, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA. – After splitting two games last season, emotions will be high when the Woodland Hills Wolverines go head-to-head with the Upper St. Clair Panthers on Friday at 7 p.m. (EST) Over 6,000 fans are expected to pack the stands at the Wolvarena as part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

Last season, the Panthers opened with a 31-12 win over the Wolverines. But the Wolverines avenged that loss with a 42-20 win in the WPIAL AAAA semifinals. Upper St. Clair ended the season at 10-2 under coach Jim Render, while Woodland Hills went 10-3 under coach George Novak after losing to North Allegheny 21-14 in the championship game – their third trip in the last four years.

To get back to the championship game, however, Woodland Hills will have to do without standout quarterback Cody McClelland (1,803 yards and 21 TDs) and wide receiver Tom Greene (803 yards and nine TDs), who set the single-season receiving record. But sophomore Miles Sanders will return after emerging out of the backfield due to injuries and transfers and running for 738 yards.

Upper St. Clair will also have to replace their starting quarterback after dual-threat Pete Coughlin amassed nearly 1,900 total yards and 27 TDs last season. But their second-leading back, senior Steve Mackowick, will return after running for 525 yards and five TDs as will five of their top six receivers.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.