It was a wild one, once again between Aliquippa and Beaver Falls. Aliquippa prevailed 34-28, thanks to a 58-yard touchdown run by Terry Swanson in the fourth quarter.
On its first play of that drive, with 5:34 left, Swanson found a hole. It appeared he was horse-collared on the play. As a result of the flag, Beaver Falls defenders stopped. Swanson landed on top of another player and knowing his knee wasn't down, kept going.
Beaver Falls players stopped after the whistle and the flag, allowing Swanson to go in untouched for the score. After some deliberation, the officials waved off the flag, much to the dismay of the Beaver Falls coaching staff.
It was, however, another thrilling game between these two schools. Beaver Falls jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead. Quarterback Dan Stratton threw touchdown passes to Pete Lyons and Damian Rawl for the early lead.
Aliquippa came back to tie the game at 14-14 just before halftime. Jyier Turner had a 18-yard touchdown reception, followed by a 34-yard touchdown run by Swanson to tie it.
Four-star corner Dravon Henry also got involved. Henry finished with eight tackles and two pass breakups on defense. In the third quarter, he connected with receiver Patrick Anderson on a 39-yard halfback option touchdown pass. That gave the Quips its first lead of the game. Beaver Falls answered with a 22-yard touchdown run by Kahlil Caracter.
The Tigers regained the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter, as Stratton hit Sage Curry for a 28-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion made it a 28-20 Beaver Falls lead with 11:53 to play.
Henry answered for Aliquippa, scoring on a 22-yard touchdown run, before Swanson's game-winning score.
Swanson finished with 168 yards rushing and two touchdown runs. Henry finished with 68 yards on the ground, a touchdown pass and a touchdown run. Defensive tackle Jaleel Fields finished with eight tackles and a sack.
Rawl led Beaver Falls' ground attack with 117 yards rushing, now giving him 949 yards for the season. Caracter also added 100 yards on the ground for Beaver Falls.
It was senior night for a number of prospects, including Pitt commit Elijah Zeise. In his final regular season home game, Zeise has a night to remember with four touchdowns and an interception on defense, as North Allegheny rolled over Shaler, 56-20. Zeise caught touchdown passes of 51, 35 and 9, and also returned a kickoff 91 yards for a score.
It was a big night, individually for four-star safety Montae Nicholson, but his Gateway Gators suffered a 35-34 loss to Penn-Trafford. Nicholson caught touchdown passes of 82, 44 and 66. Three-star cornerback prospect Anthony Davis caught a 22-yard touchdown as well. Senior quarterback Jimmy Moore had a career game with 390 passing yards.
Phillipie Motley helped his Hilliard (OH) Davidson team to a 28-7 win over Olentangy Liberty. Davidson is 8-0 on the season. Motley finished with 86 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Pitt commit Wade Freebeck was on the national stage on Friday. His St. Thomas Aquinas team faced Cypress Bay, in a game televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Freebeck guided his team to a 35-0 win. He threw for 122 yards and rushed for two touchdowns in the win.
Detroit (MI) King advanced in its Public School League Semifinal matchup on Friday, defeating Mumford 42-14. Pitt commit Avonte Maddox finished with five tackles and two passes broken up. King will take on Cass Tech this Friday at Ford Field in Detroit, for the Public School League Championship.
Also with a big game Friday, Pitt commit JaQuan Davidson. He rushed for 240 yards, including touchdown runs of 70, 31 and 52. Davidson also returned a touchdown for a score, as Elizabeth-Forward defeated Albert Gallatin 47-8. The Warriors are playoff bound.
Central Valley is cruising towards a high playoff seed. The Warriors shutout Ambridge 49-0. Jordan Whitehead caught a 54-yard touchdown pass in the win. Central Valley is 7-1 with one game remaining.
Salesianum (DE) improved to 6-1 with a 21-0 win over St. Mark's. Pitt commit Brian O'Neill has 16 receptions this season for 356 yards and six touchdowns.
Pitt commit Dennis Briggs also has his team off to an 8-0 start. Shady Side Academy defeated Summit Academy 38-8. Briggs caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in the win.