WPIAL “AA” Preview: Quips Looking For More Gold
Written by: Billy Splain on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
There are many reasons to like the final week of November. Many like it because it is the start of the Holidays, some like it because of all the deals they can get during the busiest shopping weekend of the year, while others enjoy stuffing themselves ten times over on Thanksgiving. While next Friday to many is “Black Friday” to eight teams in western Pennsylvania the 27th of November is “Football Friday”, and they can get a pretty sweat deal without waiting in long checkout lines; a WPIAL Championship, no purchase necessary.
The “ride of ‘09” had its fair share of sudden twists and turns, while many teams expected to do well this season did others just couldn’t get started, then you had the teams no one saw coming, all made for a great WPIAL season that will come to an end on the North Shore on Friday.
Class-AA Championship: Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions (10-2) vs. Aliquippa Quips (11-1) at 1:30
If Aliquippa’s WPIAL Championship appearances were years, they could sit down at Heinz Field on Friday afternoon and have a cold one, as the Quips will make their 21st title game appearance, 13 of which they’ve walked away Champions. Those 13 titles are the most by any WPIAL school, and as they return to yet another championship game it makes it hard for one to think anyone will ever catch up.
The Quips met up with Beaver Falls in the Semi-Finals and repeated history from last season with a 17-10 win. However, I do have one question about the Quips win; what’s up with the score, 17….since when did Aliquippa have a kicker? What’s next Quips Soccer?
Aliquippa didn’t have lady luck on their side at the start of the post-season, after being the odd one out of a three way tie for first place in the MAC with Beaver Falls, and Center. However for the Quips, with tie breaker points not in their favor they were forced to be the highest road team in AA the 9 seed, which ment a second round test vs. #1 seed South Fayette.
The Quips pasted that test with flying colors in a 47-34 come from behind win over the Lions to advance to the Semi-Finals. Aliquippa QB Rasheem Jones must be happy to be back at the helm for the Quips, after missing part of the season for undisclosed reasons. The Quips have lit up the scoreboard all season long and have a defense that hasn’t given up seven points or less in seven of their twelve games.
Greensburg Central Catholic is back to the Championship looking to get come away with gold with their last few trips only coming away with silver. Senior running back David Miller has lead the entire WPIAL in scoring the last two seasons, look for him to be the key for Central Catholic if they want to knock off the defending champs.
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