Pennsylvania All-Time Class AAAA state champions

by Jeff Fisher

St. Joseph's Prep Hawks footballSt. Joseph’s Prep became only the second team in Pennsylvania high school football history to win back-to-back Class AAAA titles Saturday night.  The Hawks did it with a heart-stopping 49-41 win over Pine-Richland that was seeking its first state crown.

SJP now joins CB West as the only back-to-back winners since Pennsylvania began its statewide playoff system in 1998.  The Bucks are the only school to win three straight AAAA titles from 1997 to 1999.

All of the championships came under legendary CB West head coach Mike Pettine, Sr., father of Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine, Jr.

See the complete list of AAA champions below courtesy of EasternPAFootball.com.

Year Champion Runner-up Score
20142013 St. Joseph’s Prep (12)St. Joseph’s Prep (12) Pine-Richland (7)Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7) 49-4135-10
2012 North Allegheny (7) Coatesville (1) 63-28
2011 Central Dauphin (3) North Penn (1) 14-7
2010 North Allegheny (7) LaSalle (12) 21-0
2009 LaSalle (12) State College (6) 24-7
2008 Bethlehem Liberty (11) Bethel Park (7) 28-21 (OT)
2007 Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7) Parkland (11) 21-0
2006 Upper Saint Clair (7) Bethlehem Liberty (11) 47-13
2005 McKeesport Area (7) Bethlehem Liberty (11) 49-10
2004 Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7) Neshaminy (1) 49-14
2003 North Penn (1) Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7) 37-10
2002 Parkland (11) Woodland Hills (7) 34-12
2001 Neshaminy (1) Woodland Hills (7) 21-7
2000 Erie Cathedral Prep (10) Central Bucks West (1) 41-35 (OT)
1999 Central Bucks West (1) Erie Cathedral Prep (10) 14-13
1998 Central Bucks West (1) New Castle (7) 56-7
1997 Central Bucks West (1) Upper St. Clair (7) 44-20
1996 Downingtown Area (1) Woodland Hills (7) 49-14
1995 Penn Hills (7) Lower Dauphin (3) 35-14
1994 McKeesport Area (7) Downingtown Area (1) 17-14
1993 North Hills (7) Central Bucks West (1) 15-14
1992 Cumberland Valley (3) Upper St. Clair (7) 28-12
1991 Central Bucks West (1) Erie Cathedral Prep (10) 26-14
1990 North Allegheny (7) Ridley (1) 21-14
1989 Upper Saint Clair (7) Wilson (3) 12-7
1988 Pittsburgh Central Catholic (7) Cedar Cliff (3) 14-7

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.