The District 6 Class AA football semifinals will feature a pair of rematches from last season.

This weekend’s 6-AA contests also will include four of the state’s top-10 ranked teams, according to

“I’ve been playing and coaching in this area for a long time. This is really the first time I remember half of the teams in the state rankings coming out of District 5 and 6,” said Richland coach Brandon Bailey, whose 10-0 and state fourth-ranked Rams will host 10-1 and ninth-ranked Penns Valley on Friday at Herlinger Field. “The four teams left in Double-A are a combined 42-1.”

Third-ranked Ligonier Valley probably is competing in its final District 6 Tournament.

Ligonier Valley’s board of directors recently voted for the program to take steps to move into the WPIAL for the 2020-21 season.

The Heritage Conference already has approved Ligonier Valley’s exit from the conference. District 6 reportedly signed off on the departure during a Wednesday night meeting.

Now, the WPIAL must approve Ligonier Valley’s entrance into District 7.

Ligonier Valley will host eighth-ranked Bellwood-Antis on Saturday at Weller Field. Both teams are 11-0.

“It is amazing,” Bailey said. “I think you have the ICC (Inter County Conference) champ, the Heritage champ, the LHAC champ, the (Mountain League) champ. That is strong representation in Double-A.”

The semifinal winners will meet next weekend for the 6-AA championship.

A year ago, Richland defeated Penns Valley 59-7, and Ligonier Valley beat Bellwood-Antis 34-7. Richland ended Ligonier Valley’s two-year run as 6-AA champion in a tight 21-12 title game at Mansion Park in 2018.

Other playoff games involving area teams include:

• The District 5 Class AA championship between third-seeded Berlin Brothersvalley (10-1) and top-seeded Chestnut Ridge (8-2) – a rematch from last season’s semifinal round game – at Windber Stadium on Friday. Chestnut Ridge won 49-7 in 2018. 

• The District 5-8-9 Class AAA title game between top-seeded Bedford (9-2) and second-seeded Westinghouse (8-3), another rematch from last season, at Somerset High on Friday. Bedford won 47-16 in 2018.

• District 6 Class A quarterfinal games with seventh-seeded Purchase Line (7-4) at second-seeded Portage (8-2) on Friday; and eighth-seeded Bishop McCort Catholic (6-5) at top-seeded Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic (8-2) at Mansion Park on Friday. 

• The District 6 Class AAA title game between second-seeded Westmont Hilltop (8-3) and top-seeded Bald Eagle Area (8-3) at Mansion Park on Saturday.

All games begin at 7 p.m. 

Mike Mastovich is a sports reporter and columnist for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5083. Follow him on Twitter @Masty81.

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