New coach Mike Junko, Upper St. Clair facing Baldwin in Week 2 matchup

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PITTSBURGH -- The AHN Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy season continues Friday with a Class 5A South Hills showdown between Upper St. Clair and Baldwin, live at 7 p.m. on 22 the Point and streaming on

Upper St. Clair has a new head coach roaming the sidelines this season, as Mike Junko takes over the storied program following the retirement of legendary coach Jim Render, the WPIAL's all-time winningest coach.

Junko - a 1992 USC graduate and former Akron quarterback - served the last two seasons as an assistant on Render's staff.

While the Panthers' style may get tweaked, the trademark of the program will stay the same under Junko.

"While we may be in different formations, the central theme will be the physicality," Junko told 22 the Point during training camp last month.

"That's what Upper St. Clair has been and what it will continue to be."

Following a season-opening 27-13 road win over South Fayette, the Panthers fell at Peters Township last week 29-21.

Meanwhile, the Baldwin Highlanders enter this matchup as one of the preseason teams to watch in the Allegheny Eight Conference.

Following several seasons of a rebuilding youth movement, head coach Loran Cooley's program now features seven returning starters on each side, including several returning skill players.

The name to know in the trenches is highly touted defensive lineman Dorien Ford, considered one of the top junior lineman in the country, with growing recruiting attention from Pitt, Penn State, Nebraska and other major college programs.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder can be a force on both lines and will cause matchup problems each week throughout the season.

Following a Week 0 non-conference loss, Baldwin rebounded by beating Butler last week 42-21.

Junko's new-look, same grit Upper St. Clair squad against a Baldwin side with high expectations will play out in this Week 2 broadcast on 22 the Point.

Watch the AHN Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy Week 2 preview with 22 the Point's Jordan Conigliaro and analyst and former NFL quarterback Mike McMahon.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

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

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

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


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

WEEK 1---AUG. 30

Pine-Richland 42, Hempfield 14

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