Canon-McMillan experienced an unusual feeling Friday. The Big Macs defeated Mt. Lebanon for the first time since 2008.
The win also put Canon-McMillan in an unfamiliar spot when it comes to rankings. The Big Macs are up to No. 4 in WPIAL Class 6A.
It’s been a long time since Canon-McMillan has been ranked so highly. You have to go back to 2004 when the Big Macs were playing in Class 3A, the second-largest classification at that time. Canon-McMillan, under coach Guy Montecalvo, was up to No. 2 in the rankings, one spot behind a West Allegheny team that was coached by Bob Palko.
Coincidentally, the Mt. Lebanon team that lost to Canon-McMillan on Friday is now coached by Palko. Canon-McMillan (1-1), under coach Mike Evans, broke an 11-game losing streak to Mt. Lebanon; the Big Macs had been outscored in those 11 games by an average of 40-13.
The win against Mt. Lebanon was big for more reasons than history. This WPIAL season is two weeks old, but teams have only five games remaining. The Mt. Lebanon win gives the Big Macs a legitimate chance of being one of only four Class 6A teams that will make the WPIAL playoffs.
Elsewhere in this week’s P-G rankings, Moon moved into the No. 5 spot in WPIAL Class 5A while Upper St. Clair dropped out of the top five.
East Allegheny moved into the No. 5 spot in Class 3A while Shenango moved into the top five in Class 1A.
The only change in the state rankings was Upper St. Clair dropping out of the top five in Class 5A and Erie Cathedral Prep moving into the No. 5 spot.
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