Coaching legends to face off on Week 4 FNR broadcast

PITTSBURGH -- The C. Harper Auto Group Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy season continues Friday with a matchup featuring two of the most revered coaches in Western Pennsylvania football history.

Jim Render and Upper St. Clair are hosting Bob Palko and West Allegheny live at 7 p.m. on 22 the Point and streaming live on

This will be the final meeting between two of the deans of the WPIAL, with Palko announcing his plans to retire following this season, his 24th leading West Allegheny. His tenure includes a record eight WPIAL titles and one PIAA state championship.

On the home sidelines Friday will be a coach who recently reached the extremely rare 400 career win mark. Render became the first WPIAL coach to notch 400 wins on Aug. 31., a 16-14 victory over Peters Township. Render has also collected five WPIAL titles and two PIAA state championships. 

“It’s always an honor to represent the West Allegheny School District and community on Friday nights," Palko told 22 the Point.

"We have so much respect for Coach Render and Upper St. Clair and are truly honored to be a part of the Friday Night Rivals series. As for the final matchup with USC and Coach Render, I am always honored to be on the same field with coach and consider him a true friend.”

Current assistant coach Kim Niedbala, will become the head coach of the Indians at the end of the season.

West Allegheny is off to a 2-1 start while Upper St. Clair is 4-0 and looking to defend its 2017 Allegheny Nine Conference title.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

WATCH: 22 the Point (WPNT) (Comcast 812, Dish/DirecTV 22, Verizon FiOS 510, Armstrong 105, Atlantic Broadband 707, Laurel Highlands 422, Citizens 812, Consolidated 710, Shentel 207, Time/Warner 1022)

ONLINE: The broadcast will stream on

ANNOUNCERS: Josh Maurer (play-by-play), Geoff Arnold (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines).

SOCIAL MEDIA: #FridayNightRivalsPGH, @22ThePoint, @JordanC_WPGH.



Friday Sept 21 West Allegheny at Upper St. Clair

Friday Sept 28 Central Catholic at Pine-Richland

Friday Oct 5 Gateway at Franklin Regional

Friday Oct 12 Hopewell at Central Valley

Friday Oct 19 Bethel Park at Peters Township

Friday Oct 26 Pine-Richland at North Allegheny