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2019 Friday Night Rivals schedule

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PITTSBURGH -- Friday Night Rivals on 22 the Point continues to showcase some of the best high school football matchups in Western Pennsylvania, highlighting the top programs, coaches, players and fan bases from one of the most revered sports regions in the country.

Entering its fifth season, Friday Night Rivals Pittsburgh is excited to announce its 2019 live broadcast schedule, featuring a must-see matchup each Friday during the regular season live on 22 the Point (WPNT) and streaming live on 22thepoint.com with instant highlights of live games available on mobile via the Fantag app.

The 2019 slate of games features 10 playoff-qualifying teams from a season ago, including a 2018 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state champion, two Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League defending champions and three reigning regular season conference champions.

Fresh off of adding to its legacy as one of high school football's most storied programs, 2018 PIAA Class 3A state champion Aliquippa returns to the FNR Pittsburgh schedule this season in a Week 8 showdown at Keystone Oaks.

The defending champion Quips and much-improved Golden Eagles will be facing off in a late-season matchup with major playoff implications.

Following a second straight WPIAL Class 6A championship, Pine-Richland will once again be featured in a pair of FNR Pittsburgh broadcasts.

Led by head coach Eric Kasperowicz, the Rams have become the WPIAL's latest powerhouse, capturing the 2017 state championship and then repeating as WPIAL champs in 2018.

Pine-Richland will kick off the 2019 FNR Pittsburgh season with an Aug. 30 matchup at Hempfield, a Class 6A contender from Westmoreland County.

The Rams will also close out the 2019 regular season in a home showdown against North Hills area rival North Allegheny, a game that has become a staple of the FNR Pittsburgh broadcast schedule, one that weighs heavily on the conference championship.

North Allegheny - the reigning Quad County champion led by the conference's Class 6A Coach of the Year Art Walker - will also be featured in a Sept. 27 clash at Butler County's Seneca Valley, a highly-anticipated rematch of the 2018 WPIAL semifinals won in an upset by the Raiders.

Western Pennsylvania coaching legend Bob Palko briefly retired following a 2018 WPIAL Class 5A runner-up finish at West Allegheny - his 24th season at the helm of the Indians, a run that includes a record eight WPIAL titles - but recently announced a return to the sidelines to lead Mount Lebanon's program.

Palko and his new squad will take center stage in a Sept. 13 matchup hosting Seneca Valley, marking two FNR Pittsburgh live broadcast games in three weeks for the Raiders, a team carrying plenty of momentum into the new season.

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Upper St. Clair experienced the end of an era in 2018 with legendary coach Jim Render retiring following a 49-year coaching career, one that includes the most victories (406) in the history of the WPIAL.

The school has tabbed Render's assistant, Mike Junko, to follow him. Junko, a USC graduate, will lead the Panthers in a home matchup against another South Hills staple in Baldwin on Sept. 6.

Norwin's Jack Salopek enters the 2019 season as one of the region's most-heralded quarterbacks. The rising senior has already piled up impressive stats during his sophomore and junior campaigns, forcing Division I college recruiters to take notice.

Salopek and the Knights' offensive firepower will be on full display in an Oct. 4 showdown against longtime power Pittsburgh Central Catholic, a team looking to reload deploying another batch of highly-rated college recruits under head coach Terry Totten.

Peters Township captured its first conference championship in over four decades last season, finishing on top of the WPIAL's Class 5A Allegheny Eight conference.

The Indians return to the FNR Pittsburgh schedule hosting a Sept. 20 matchup against North Hills, another Pittsburgh program with a deep-rooted tradition.

The 2019 Friday Night Rivals Pittsburgh schedule will also feature a Lawrence County versus Butler County late-season clash, as two traditional county programs face off on Oct. 11, with Knoch hosting New Castle.

All Friday Night Rivals broadcasts on 22 the Point begin with live coverage at 7 p.m.

Follow the latest Friday Night Rivals Pittsburgh news and updates on air, online on http://22thepoint.com/ and on social platforms (Twitter: @22ThePoint, Facebook: @22ThePoint, Instagram: 22thepointpgh).

Watch replays from the 2018 FNR Pittsburgh season on http://22thepoint.com/sports/friday-night-rivals.

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2019 FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS PITTSBURGH SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M.***

***SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

WEEK 1---AUG. 30

Pine-Richland at Hempfield

WEEK 2---SEPT. 6

Baldwin at Upper St. Clair

WEEK 3---SEPT. 13

Seneca Valley at Mount Lebanon

WEEK 4---SEPT. 20

North Hills at Peters Township

WEEK 5---SEPT. 27

North Allegheny at Seneca Valley

WEEK 6---OCT. 4

Central Catholic at Norwin

WEEK 7---OCT. 11

New Castle at Knoch

WEEK 8---OCT. 18

Aliquippa at Keystone Oaks

WEEK 9---OCT. 25

North Allegheny at Pine-Richland

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