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Hempfield hosting defending WPIAL champ Pine-Richland in Week 1 showdown

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Watch Hempfield Area host Pine-Richland Friday at 7 on 22 the Point in the AHN Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy Week 1 matchup.{ }

PITTSBURGH -- The AHN Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy season kicks off Friday with a Class 6A clash between Hempfield Area and two-time defending WPIAL champion Pine-Richland, live at 7 p.m. on 22 the Point and streaming on 22thepoint.com.

Following impressive Week 0 victories, the Rams and Spartans square off in this Quad County Conference opener for the second straight season.

"Pine-Richland High School is honored and privileged to be back on WPNT's broadcast this season," Pine-Richland Head Coach Eric Kasperowicz said.

"We are looking forward to a great matchup versus a very senior-laden Hempfield team."

Following the loss of five starting offensive lineman - including three all-conference selections - expectations remain high for Pine-Richland and an early test in the trenches awaits them Friday in Greensburg.

Coached by Rich Bowen, Hempfield Area returns several impact players now in their senior seasons, including defensive line anchor and senior Fintan Brose, a Delaware commit who has earned several Division I offers.

The Spartans are looking to end a two-year playoff drought and a home conference game against the defending league champs is an early opportunity to flex its veteran muscle.

Watch the AHN Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy Week 1 preview with 22 the Point's Jordan Conigliaro and analyst and former NFL quarterback Mike McMahon.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.

ON-AIR: 22 the Point (WPNT) (Comcast 812, Dish/DirecTV 22, Verizon FiOS 510, Armstrong 105, Atlantic Broadband 708, Laurel Highlands 422, Citizens 812, Consolidated 710, Shentel 207, Time/Warner 1022)

ONLINE: The broadcast will stream on 22thepoint.com.

ANNOUNCERS: Dan Watson (play-by-play), Mike McMahon (color analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines).

SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter @22ThePoint, Facebook @22ThePoint, Instagram 22thepointpgh, #FridayNightRivalsPGH.

2019 AHN FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS POWERED BY IGS ENERGY SCHEDULE

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

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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