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Live Friday night blog - Aliquippa wins 43-0

Written by Mike White on .

Live blog from the New Brighton-Aliquippa game. Look to the right for score updates from @PGVarsityXtra Twitter account. If you have a score or note from a game, tweet @PGVarsityXtra with #wpial


FINAL: ALIQUIPPA 43, NEW BRIGHTON 0


Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac never runs it up. Credit him for that. Quips take knees late in game.


ALIQUIPPA 43, NEW BRIGHTON 0

Fernando Glenn 2-yard TD run. 29 seconds left in third.

8:53 - As someone who makes a living on deadlines, I love this mercy rule.

8:45 - Clock running second half. I'll try to keep you updated on Clairton game, too.

Check this out: Monessen 14, Clairton 0

HALFTIME: ALIQUIPPA 37, NEW BRIGHTON 0

On final play of first half, Patrick Anderson catches 30-yard TD pass from Darrien Fields. Kick good. 

IT WILL BE MERCY RULE IN SECOND HALF. 

8:12 - New Brighton QB Gabe Greco done for the night. Hasn't returned since a left leg injury.

8:08 He might not have a lot of yards but I like how NB's Scott Florence runs. Hard runner.

Wow. Beaver now leading Beaver Falls 20-6

8:04 - Comments from Aliquippa workers in this press box are priceless.

ALIQUIPPA 30, NEW BRIGHTON 0

Terry Swanson 43 TD run. Kick good 30-0

8:00 - INT by Quips Patrick Anderson stops NB drive at 14. Aliquippa now driving again. 3 minutes to go in half.

7:57 - PA announcer Mole just said to the crowd. "Unsportsmanlike penalty. Of course, on Aliquippa."

Beautiful.

7:52 - Dravon Henry doing his best Darrelle Revis impression. Has now scored three different ways. 

West Allegheny 28, Hopewell 0

Beaver leading Beaver Falls 17-6

ALIQUIPPA 23, NEW BRIGHTON 0

7:47 - Call it a blowout yet? 60-yard TD run by Dravon Henry and get this: Quips kick XPt. 23-0 Quips.

7:45 Punt block by Jesse Sabol puts NB at the Aliquippa 15. But offense goes nowhere and then missed 37 FG. 

Upset in making? Beaver leads Beaver Falls 10-6

END OF FIRST QUARTER: ALIQUIPPA 16, NEW BRIGHTON 0

7:34 - Payton Fath takes over at QB for New Brighton.

7:30 - Oh-oh. Hate to say it but New Brighton might be done. QB Gabe Greco hurt. Carried off field. Left leg injury.

7:28 - New Brighton turns ball over on downs. Not good news for New Brighton. QB Gabe Greco on ground hurt. 

7:25 - New Brighton moving some. Like the schemes they run out of this spread.

ALIQUIPPA 16, NEW BRIGHTON 0

7:18 - Can't make mistakes against Quips. Gabe Greco went to pass, threw to the left sideline, but Dravon Henry showed a little of why many major colleges want him. Great reaction. Jumped the pass. Intercepted and returned 59 yards for a touchdown. 4:44 left in first quarter. Patrick Anderson catches two-point pass and Quips lead, 16-0.

7:14 - New Brighton penalized illegal substitution on first play. No-huddle offense for New Brighton. Lions pick up first down. 

ALIQUIPPA 8, NEW BRIGHTON 0

Quips move 68 yards in 10 plays. All runs except two plays including the TD - a 14-yard pass from Darrien Fields to Dravon Henry. Terry Swanson runs for two point conversion.

7:08  Quips moving on first possession. TO New Brighton 32.


PREGAME

*** And the horse, "War Eagle," just went to center of the field, ridden by chief Mark Swan, who threw a flaming spear into the ground. Tradition.

*** Aliquippa defensive coordinator Peep Short this year is on the field for games. Dang. Quips coaches booth is right next to media in press box. Usually some entertainment from Short during game.

*** In the pressbox, and I didn't know that the famous "Mole" is back as the PA announcer. One of a kind this Mole. Aliquippa legend. Heck, last I knew he was living in Bermuda.

*** Saw Aliquippa defensive coordinator Peep Short. Carrying his "staff" around with him. Assistant Sherman McBride still calling him "the black Moses."

*** Great scene by Mole in the pressbox. New Brighton stat keeper came to Mole because he wanted to put names in computer for stats.

"Do you have the name of your field-goal kicker?" he asked Mole.

Mole burst into laughter. He threw his hands up. "That's the best one I've ever heard. You want our field-goal kicker."

Aliquippa, you see, hasn't been too successful developing kickers over the years - and that's being kind. Then again, the Quips haven't needed kickers.

*** Both teams come into this game with 3-0 records. If I had to say, I'd say Aliquippa as a 14-point favorite. New Brighton will need a big night from quarterback Gabe Greco. Can't afford many mistakes, either.

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Friday night predictions

Written by Mike White on .

I'm off to Aliquippa and will have tonight's live blog from the New Brighton-Aliquippa game. Call up the blog and check out our live score updates from other games, which can be seen on the right-hand column next to the blog. Check out @PGVarsityXtra on Twitter for updates. If you have a score or update, tweet @PGVarsityXtra with #wpial.


Before we get to the predictions ...

Some rain and a possible thunderstorm are being forecast for tonight. If there is lightning, games are delayed. Here's to hoping that the thunder and lightning stay away.

And this weekend at some point, I'll give a shoutout and weigh in on the Twitter account of Hopewell's receivers @HVWRprobs, It seems they just want some passes.

Now for the predictions. Last week: 12-6. Season: 39-12. For tonight's top games ...

WPIAL CLASS AAAA

Upper St. Clair at Penn Hills - It's the Post-Gazette Game of the Week. Penn Hills' new offense has been impressive. QB Billy Kisner and RB Isaiah Jones have racked big rushing yardage totals. But I like the way USC defends the run. I actually think the biggest key to this game might be how Penn Hills does against Upper St. Clair's run. Winner: Upper St. Clair


Elsewhere in Class AAAA - McKeesport over Penn-Trafford; North Allegheny over Pine-Richland.

WPIAL CLASS AAA


Josh SchultheisMars at Highlands - Highlands was awfully impressive in shutting out Franklin Regional last week. Mars' only loss was to Franklin Regional in the opener. Naturally, you'd think I would pick Highlands. Not so fast. I think Mars has improved since then. Josh Schultheis (pictured) has two consecutive 200-yard games and how well Mars blocks for him could be the key. Winner: Mars.

Elsewhere in Class AAA - New Castle over Montour; Elizabeth Forward over Belle Vernon.

WPIAL CLASS AA


New Brighton at Aliquippa - I have to get a gyro from Gyro Joe before the game. It's tradition. Then it's the game in The Pit. New Brighton (3-0) is off to one of its best starts in a while and the Lions have a potent passing game with QB Gabe Greco, son of coach Joe Greco. But the Quips have so many good athletes in the secondary and that will be the difference. Also, can New Brighton's defense stop Aliquippa? Winner: Aliquippa.

Elsewhere in Class AA - Shady Side Academy over Burrell; Seton-LaSalle over Steel Valley (star RB D'Andre Pickens won't play for Steel Valley); Washington over Yough; Beaver Falls over Beaver.

WPIAL CLASS A


Avonworth at West Shamokin - It seems strange to type West Shamokin into the big game section. Only one year ago the Wolves broke a 46-game losing streak. Now they are 3-0. But Avonworth is my sleeper team in Class A. Winner: Avonworth

Elsewhere in Class A - Fort Cherry over Brentwood; Clairton over Monessen.

CITY LEAGUE


Allderdice vs. Westinghouse - I'm starting to hear good things about these Jackson twins for Allderdice - James and Tim. They just might have to be the Action Jacksons from now on. Winner: Allderdice.

 

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