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Highly-touted defense, quarterback squaring off in Week 6 matchup

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PITTSBURGH -- The AHN Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy season continues Friday with a WPIAL Class 6A Quad County matchup featuring one of the league's top defenses, facing one of the top quarterbacks, live at 7 p.m. on 22 the Point and streaming on 22thepoint.com. The broadcast will also be seen nationally on Stadium.

Through six games, Central Catholic has emerged as a defensive force, having only given up 9.8 points per game. The Vikings sit at 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference following a 29-7 statement win over defending WPIAL champion Pine-Richland last week.

Central Catholic's stout defense is led by its highly-touted defensive line, with North Carolina commit A.J. Beatty, Elliot Donald - the nephew of NFL superstar Aaron Donald who holds several Power 5 Division I offers - and twin brothers A'meer and A'maar Allen who are also Division I recruits.

Staring down the Central defense will be Norwin senior quarterback Jack Salopek, a Western Michigan commit and one of the WPIAL's leading passers the last few seasons.

Salopek and the Knights are 2-4 overall, 1-3 in the conference and coming off of a feel-good 49-21 victory over Butler last week.

This week's matchup serves as a major opportunity for Norwin's run-pass option offense to test itself against one of the top defenses in the state, while Central Catholic will look to hold steady in the conference title race following a quality win over Pine-Richland.

Watch the AHN Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy Week 6 preview with 22 the Point's Jordan Conigliaro and analyst and former NFL quarterback Mike McMahon.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

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), 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 42, Hempfield 14

WEEK 2---SEPT. 6

Upper St. Clair 35, Baldwin 21

WEEK 3---SEPT. 13

Mount Lebanon 26, Seneca Valley 20

WEEK 4---SEPT. 20

Peters Township 38, North Hills 14

WEEK 5---SEPT. 27

North Allegheny 40, Seneca Valley 7

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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