PITTSBURGH -- The AHN Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy season continues Friday with a WPIAL Class 6A clash between Seneca Valley and Mount Lebanon, live at 7 p.m. on 22 the Point and streaming on 22thepoint.com.
One of the biggest storylines of the 2019 high school football season will be on display in this matchup, as longtime coach Bob Palko now leads the Mount Lebanon program following a legendary run at West Allegheny that included a record eight WPIAL championships during his 24 seasons there.
Palko retired from West Allegheny after the 2018 season, but was quickly compelled to return to the sidelines with the Blue Devils.
"It's been a great time here and you can tell the level of expectation here," Palko told 22 the Point during training camp.
"We're just trying to match that level of expectation in this community."
Following a season-opening Week 0 loss to Gateway, Mount Lebanon has won its last two games, beating Canon-McMillan 49-21 and Butler 63-7.
The Raiders started the season 0-2 with losses to Erie McDowell and Central Catholic before a 33-7 victory last week over Canon-McMillan.
“Playing Mount Lebanon teams over the years has always been a difficult challenge," Seneca Valley head coach Ron Butschle said.
"They have always had talent and played hard. Having coach Palko come in and instilling a championship culture will just add to the challenge we face on the field on Friday night. They are a team that looks the part and will obviously be well-coached.”
Seneca Valley finished the 2018 campaign as one of the hottest teams in the WPIAL, beating Central Catholic and North Allegheny in the playoffs to reach Heinz Field before falling to Pine-Richland in the Class 6A title game.
The individual battles in the trenches should provide a compelling backdrop to the final score in this matchup, with both sides employing several college-level interior lineman.
Seneca Valley's 6-foot-5, 280-pound center Josh Kaltenberger committed to Purdue over the summer, but his interest from other power-five programs continues to swell.
Mount Lebanon defensive lineman J.B. Nelson should prove to be a stern test for Kaltenberger and the rest of the Raiders' offensive front, with Nelson listed at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds.
Two of the best line units in the state and two veteran coaches will square off in this Week 3 broadcast on 22 the Point.
Watch the AHN Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy Week 3 preview with 22 the Point's Jordan Conigliaro and analyst and former NFL quarterback Mike McMahon.
TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
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: Geoff Arnold (play-by-play), Dan Watson (color analyst), Amanda Kuhl (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 42, Hempfield 14
WEEK 2---SEPT. 6
Upper St. Clair 35, Baldwin 21
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