One of the best rivalries in Pittsburgh renews this fall at the home of the defending state champions Mt. Lebanon. They claimed the state title last season and had Coach Palko named the state coach of the year and the Dan Shula Nation Coach of the year for 2021. They are looking to continue their momentum this season and push for two straight titles. Bethel Park is looking to rebound from a 28-0 defeat in their opening game last season courtesy of Mt. Lebanon.
In the first half of this tight game, Mt. Lebanon showed out with an early interception in the first quarter, taking the early lead 7-0. The Blue Devils followed up with another touchdown bringing the score to 14-0. With 3 minutes left in the first half, Bethel Park scored a crucial touchdown, ending the first half with a score of 14-7. The third quarter brought a rain of interceptions and Bethel Park scored again to tie the game 14-14. After a very close 4th quarter, and scores from both sides, the game went into overtime 21-21 at the end of regulation. In overtime, Mt. Lebanon secured a field goal bringing the score to 24-21. Bethel Park answered with a push, and just short of the endzone called a time-out to recollect and got the touchdown, winning the game 27-24.