Pitt and WVU gear were spotted around the high school as alumni and fans anticipated the first football match between the schools in over a decade.
After Mod B, the Pitt fight song played over the loudspeaker as well.
Pitt enters the season as ACC champ and ranked in the top 20th nationally. ESPN’s FPI index gives Pitt a 78% chance of winning the game, along with USA Today and a number of other national outlets.
Health teacher Mrs. Rothman is one of a number of WVU alumni in the district. “It’s a great rivalry” said Rothman, who has tickets to the game at newly named Acrisure stadium. She’s not ready to make a prediction, but is hoping for a big win.
Pitt alumni Mr. Como was equally unsure in his prediction but still excited for the game. “It could be a big win if Pitt doesn’t blow it…I’m scared.”
Mr Pastore, Mrs. Reagle, Dr. Dwulit, and Mr. Jackson, all Pitt alumni, gave their vote of confidence to the home team.
Students were decidedly for Pitt if they were wearing hoodies or team gear, like juniors Maya Nusskern, Maya Cook, and Cassie Heinauer.
Photos and reporting by: Caroline Boothby, Zoe Boyd, Marissa Brach, Gaby Interthal, Savannah Jimenez, Cara Kuban, Maya Nusskern