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WPIAL “AAA” Preview: See Shell by the North Shore

Written by: 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-AAA Championship: West Allegheny Indians (10-2) vs. Hopewell Vikings (12-0) at 5:30pm


Well another WPIAL AAA Championship is upon us, so where is Thomas Jefferson? Well as for the players that we can’t say for sure, but it’s safe to say Bill Chirpak is somewhere warm in shorts golfing. The Jags unthinkable 48 WPIAL win streak came to an end in a 28-21 loss to the fighting Mike Caputo’s…wait I ment to say Indians. Although it’s tough to say any differently, after junior running back Mike Caputo landed at Bob Palko’s door step a week before training camp this season as a transfer from Parkway conference rival Blackhawk the Indians have been what Mike Caputo has been, which is nothing short of phenomenal.  Caputo is second in rushing in the WPIAL, and ran wild last week vs. Thomas Jefferson for 240-yards and 3 scores including a 97-yard run.


Did someone say Phenomenal? In case you’ve happened to be living under rock for the past two years, meet Rushel Shell, the sophomore running back that has been in anything but a slump. Shell lead the WPIAL in rushing this season and is eyeing up 4,000 career yards already. Last week Shell only practiced one day before the team’s WPIAL semi-final game being out with tonsillitis. Shell had lost 15 pounds because he couldn’t eat; there was a slight chance that he wouldn’t play…however he did rushing for

158 yards and a score last week vs. Hampton.


It’s no screat that the key in this game will be containing Mike Caupto and Rushel Shell depending on what sideline you’re on. The two went at it earlier this season at Hopewell with Shell rushing for a career best 349 yards and three touchdowns, while Caupto wasn’t far behind with over 200 yards rushing and three scores. It’s the battle of the backs Friday evening at Heinz Field


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