FINAL: HOPEWELL 22, MONTOUR 19
Rushel Shell 233 yards on 38 carries
Penn-Trafford leading Mt. Lebanon, 27-17, after three. More notes and thoughts later tonight. Check Post-Gazette web site for final scores.
9:33 p.m. - Pass tipped and intercepted in end zone by Keenan Barrett. 8.4 seconds left. Looks like we'll have a new No. 1 team in Class AAA!!!!! Barring a fumble, Hopewell will win, 22-19.
9:30 p.m. - Big run by QB Buechel and complete pass. Now at Hopewell 16 with 13.9 seconds left.
9:28 p.m. - Montour at own 46 with 36 seconds left. Second and 10.
9:24 p.m. - UNBELIEVABLE. Fourth and four. Hopewell lines up in I. Shell takes it 35 yards for TD!!!!! PAT no good and Hopewell leads, 22-19, with 1:25 left in game. Shell now well over 200 yards.
9:23 p.m. - Dravon Henry 34-yard TD run for Aliquippa. 12-0 Quips.
9:22 p.m. - Timeout. 1:33 left. Fourth-and-four for Hopewell at Montour 35.
9:19 p.m. - Hopewell defense excellent job on Julian Durden this half. Has only 22 yards this half. Montour three and out. Hopewell gets ball at Montour 42 with 3:09 LEFT IN GAME!!!
Turned out to be a good one.
9:18 p.m. - Rushel Shell fumbled ball away at Montour 20. 4:11 left in game.
9:15 p.m. - 66-yard INT return by Tyler Reddick. North Hills scores and slices Woodland Hills lead to 17-10.
9:14 p.m. - Hopewell recovers onside kick!!! Wiley Belknap recovers. All-name team nominee.
9:11 p.m. - Hopewell scores on Nolan Harmotto QB sneak. Kick blocked on PAT. 7:08 left and Montour leads Hopewell, 19-16. Rushel Shell now 180 yards on 30 carries.
9:09 p.m. - Hopewell has drivn to Montour 1. Rushel Shell coming off limping a little. Might just be cramps.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: MONTOUR 19, HOPEWELL 10
8:57 p.m. - Rushel Shell now has 160 yards on 23 attempts. He's taking a breather right now. Hopewell at Montour 42.
Blackhawk 17, Moon 13 at halftime
8:52 p.m. - First play after Buechel scramble, Julian Durden goes 12 yards for TD. Boy, is he impressive. I think he is a D-1 running back. Gotten stronger this year. Has 158 yards now.
8:50 p.m. - Dillon Buechel scrambles 17 yards for first down on fourth-and-10.
8:49 p.m. - Fourth-and-5 for Montour. At Hopewell 29. False start Montour.
8:46 p.m. - Montour is playing without WR Darren Massey, who went out early in half with apparent leg injury.
8:44 p.m. - Julian Durden impressive also as RB. Showing strength and speed. Big possession for Hopewell defense.
8:38 p.m. - From Sudden Sam Werner. Penn-Trafford leads Mt. Lebanon, 13-9, at half.
Woodland Hills leads North Hills, 17-3
8:37 p.m. - It's all Rushel Shell. Just went over 7,000 yards for career!!!!! More importantly for Hopewell, carried seven consecutive times. Gained 65 yards and scored on 4-yard TD. PAT by Nate Bowden and it's now 12-10 Montour.
8:33 p.m. - Rushel Shell coming alive in third quarter. 36 yards on first three carries. Ooops. Add 15 more.
8:28 p.m. - Aliquippa 6, Beaver Falls 0 - 43-yard TD pass reception by Kaylan Kenney. (This from "Planet" Adamski).
8:25 p.m. - 1,335 dollars for 50-50 here. Nice!!!!
8:24 p.m. - Moon has cut Blackhawk lead to 17-13.
8:22 p.m. - GMan Gary Goga reports things are really bad for West Shamokin, which has longest losing streak in WPIAL. Losing 35-0 to Steel Valley. Dontez Williams already has 200 yards and five TDs for Steel Valley.
8:19 p.m. - Northgate 12, Jefferson-Morgan 0
8:15 p.m. - From colleague "Planet" Adamski: Aliquipp and Beaver Falls are scoreless after first quarter. "Planet" says Quips keep driving, but can't punch it in.
8:12 p.m. - MORE SCORES:
Blackhawk 17, Moon 7 - From Ricci Rich
Woodland Hills 14, North Hills 3 - From White Boy No. 3
8:04 p.m. - HALFTIME: MONTOUR 12, HOPEWELL 3
First off, for a big game and close to a packed stadium, Hopewell side of field is pretty much dead.
STATS: Rushel Shell has 62 yards on 13 carries. Penalites have hurt Hopewell, twice affecting drives in Montour territory. 36 yards on five penalties.
Montour's Julian Durden impressive. 140 yards on eight carries. Dillon Buechel completed first nine passes for Montour. Finished 9 of 11 for 50 yards.
8:02 p.m. - Good one at Mt. Lebanon. End of first quarter, Mt. Lebanon 9, Penn-Trafford 6. Manny Simpson has 117 yards rushing already for Penn-Trafford.
8:01 p.m. - From Silky Senchack: WOODLAND HILLS 14, NORTH HILLS 0 - Says North Hills looks bad. Blocked punt for TD for Woodland Hills and also a long run.
7:56 p.m. - MONTOUR 12, HOPEWELL 3 -- Montour goes 50 yards in six plays for TD. Great call on third-and-goal at the 5. End around to Darren Massey who gets into end zone with 29 ticks left in half. Two-point run failed.
7:53 p.m. - Hopewell went three and out. Montour on move again. Timeout with 46.5 seconds left in half. Julian Durden just ran 38 yards to the Hopewell 5. He has 140 yards on eight carries. Quite impressive. Nice burst with first few steps.
7:45 p.m. - Montour goes ahead, 6-3. QB Dillon Buechel has been superb. Now 9 of 9 for 50 yards. Throws 10-yard TD pass to Darren Massey. 93-yard TD drive.
7:41 p.m. - Mt. Lebanon's Dmitri Orfanopoulos returns opening kickoff 90 yards. Lebo leads Penn-Trafford, 6-0.
7:39 p.m. - Montour's Julian Durden just broke one for 66 yards to the Hopewell 27. He has an offer from Pitt.
7:37 p.m. - Hopewell three and out. Hopewell splits Shell out at receiver much more this season.
And Shell also is Hopewell's punter.
7:36 p.m. - Three and out again for Montour. Spartans fine offense struggling after looking so good on first possession that ended in a turnover.
7:32 p.m. - On fourth and 6, Harmotto sacked by Montour's Chase Dwyer. Turns ball over. Montour ball at 20 with 9:24 left in half.
7:27 p.m. - Shell just had a ridiculous 18-yard TD run called back holding. Must have broken 5-6 tackles. Was hit behind line, still broke free.
7:26 p.m. - Shell just went 29 yards on first play of second quarter. Hopewell now on Montour 23.
7:24 p.m. - END OF FIRST QUARTER: HOPEWELL 3, MONTOUR 0
Hopewell ball first down on own 48. Rushel Shell 23 yards on 7 carries after first quarter. Hasn't had much room to run. But starting to get in gear - maybe. 3, 6, 5 yards on past three carries. Just showed some toughness, putting head down and running over few defenders to pick up a first down on third-and-one.
7:21 p.m. - Montour three-and-out. Hopewell ball at 34.
7:17 p.m. - Hopewell has a 13-play drive that ends in Nate Bowden's 37-yard field goal with 3:52 left in first quarter. 3-0 Hopewell. Rushel Shell has 9 yards on four carries.
7:13 p.m. - Hopewell driving. At Montour 12. Couple big plays by QB Nolan Harmotto
7:11 p.m. - Just about a packed house here.
7:09 p.m. - Third and nine, Hopewell has to take timeout. Only 10 players on field. Someone kind of messed up. Might have been Adam Murray. Wasn't on field.
7:08 p.m. - First two carries Rushel Shell only 4 yards.
7:06 p.m. - Bad snap. Turnover. Hopewell recovers. Hopewell first at 33. Early in first.
7:04 p.m. - Montour blowing right through Hopewell defense on first possession. Started at 36. Now at Hopewell 17. Tough luck for Montour, though. Standout lineman Dom Martinelli looks to have left knee injury. But he jogged off field.
7:01 p.m. - I like Montour by two TDs. Key to the game: How Hopewell's OLine plays.
6:56 p.m. - Nice touch by Hopewell, with anniversary of 9-11 only two days away. When Vikings came out of the locker room onto field, they were led out by senior lineman Gino Sabatini, who carried an American flag.
6:51 p.m. -Hmmm. What's more popular? A Hines Ward jersey or a Rushel Shell jersey?
6:23 p.m. - Hopewell star Rushel Shell stretches outside the locker room before game.
6:20 p.m. - Kickoff 40 minutes away. Put away a "wedge" at Pizza Joe's and ready to go. A little threat of rain, though, as you can when Montour took the field.