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Baldwin Football Will Miss WPIAL Playoffs

A tiebreaking procedure eliminates the Highlanders ahead of Senior Night.

The Baldwin High School varsity football team will match its record from a year ago should it upset conference opponent Bethel Park High School on Senior Night at Baldwin Stadium this Friday.

But Friday's game—it starts at 7:30—will be meaningless in terms of Baldwin's 2012 postseason chances.

The Highlanders could indeed tie for the fifth and final WPIAL AAAA Southeastern Conference playoffs spot should they beat Bethel Park and both Penn Hills High School and Peters Township High School lose on Friday. That would put all three teams' conference records at 3-5. (Overall records do not matter.)

But, since Baldwin is a combined 0-2 this year against Penn Hills and Peters Township, the best that the Highlanders can hope for, using a head-to-head tiebreaker, is a seventh-place finish.

The best sixth-place team out of all of AAAA's three conferences will make the 2012 postseason as a wildcard. Since ties within conferences will be broken first, and since the Highlanders cannot get past a head-to-head tiebreaker with either Penn Hills or Peters, they are out.

In the end, Baldwin's last-minute loss in a Thursday night TV game at Penn Hills in September hurt badly. Baldwin led that game late, 8-7, after a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback, but the Indians kicked a game-winning field goal with 32 seconds left.

If equaling last year's overall record (4-5) and sending the team's seniors off on a high note aren't enough to motivate the Highlanders against playoffs-bound Bethel (5-3 overall, 5-2 Southeastern) on Friday, there are some individual milestones that could be met.

Senior running back Dorian Brown, for example, is 123 yards shy of back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and sophomore quarterback Doug Altavilla is 284 yards shy of a 1,000-yard passing season.

Junior utilityman Nick Barca is 41 yards short this season of 500 all-purpose yards, and junior running back Stephon Harris and junior utilityman Luke Smorey are 121 and 146 yards away, respectively, of that same mark.

Barca is also nine stops shy of a 70-tackle season.

View all of the Highlanders' 2012 season statistics in this article's media gallery by clicking on the PDF located toward the right side of this page (below the photo).

And check back on Friday and Saturday for updates from Friday's game.

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Thomas October 25, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Next season will be the new era in terms of a coaching staff. Without a doubt.
AllenMatthews October 26, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Thomas, thats what they said about Dan Pallante when he was brought in after Coach Silianoff, and thats what they said about, Jim Wehner after Coach Pallante... Nothing will be fixed... The biggest mistake they had was letting Jane Honeywell have a say on hiring Art Walker.. They dropped the ball big time on that one
horse October 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM
We need to start from the AD and work down.. Until that happens its going to be the same sh** every year.
Sasafras Jackson October 26, 2012 at 07:43 PM
horse (btw love the handle!) - I completely agree with you. Mr. Sortino is a good man but sometimes good men need to step down in order for the program to progress and succeed. I equate this to the time that Howard Baldwin, Moris Belzberg, Thomas Ruta, & Roger Marino stepped down as owners of the Penguins so that Mario Lemieux could step in and save the organization.
Michael Dobs October 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM
It starts argue top is right... Sortino is the first that needs to go... Then have the new AD (better not be the dean of students who would be in line for the next football coaching job) hire the new coaches... Also due to lack of results, Football staff, Baseball staff, Wrestling Staff, give Boys Basketball some more time since he is new. if your not improving your out. I truly believe this is all a result of lack of students in the programs. This falls back the AD. We have a football coach who gets paid extra to be the head of the weight room when he's not there... It's fine to double dip if you get results. We don't have results... In most sports... The AD is more worried about politics then results.
Sasafras Jackson October 26, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Michael – I agree as well. While the Dean of Students is a legend in his own right within the program, a fresh perspective will do the program better.
Sasafras Jackson October 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Do you think that Coach Yanetti would be interested in restoring the glory to BHS Football?
horse October 26, 2012 at 09:45 PM
The AD at Cannon Mac still has D1 schools coming to look at players on the football team and they only have 1 win. Our boys dont even get looked at. As for the head football coach (Pathetic) is the only word for him. How he got hired is a mystery. The way he puts our boys down. How bout he told root sports in the halftime interview at Penn Hills that being down 7-0 at half is "right were we want to be" who says that? He dhould of been fired then for sounding like a complete idiot. Something has to change quick thereis to much talent in that school for us to have losing football seasons year after year. How bout Mike Voelker the HMS dean of students?
Michael Dobs October 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
No, Horse... Mike would not BW the answer... Not another political hire. There is very little in that school. The whole athletic department needs an overhaul. There are 1/2 the numbers of kids in each sport that there should be. You need to hire someone who has not been apart of this athletic program. you need a football coach who wants to be an asst track coach, and encourage his kids to do basketball and wrestling. Not hog his kids. A soccer coach that tells kids to do lacross and hockey. Baldwin Football should have 150 kids between Freahman, JV and Varsity as should track, and wrestling. Because the head coached tell kids your not welcome if you don't help out the other sports. Not just team pride, Team and School Pride! That is what 15% of the boys? Look at a big schools asst coach (USC, NA,) Not Another small school coach who has nothin to offer. But it starts at the top. NEW AD! Not one who cuts budgets and builds 2 softball fields for one team. (ex softball coach mind you). No favoritism. He in charge of all programs and all the programs are not up to par!
Concerned October 27, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I agree the AD has had his head up his a$$ for a long time. I don't think I could stomach another hiring by Sortino. How many losing coaches does he have to hire before he loses his job? They should wipe the whole slate clean and make sure none of the current coaches are rehired. I don't know why Whener was aloud to hire coaces from the last staff. Losing breeds losing. START OVER

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