Aliquippa is on a 2 point mission @quip_nation
Written by: Billy Splain on Monday, August 27th, 2018
In 2017 the Aliquippa defense gave up a state low 44 points, an average of just under 3.5 points per game. That’s impressive, but it’s one of their lowest game totals allowed that has been driving them the entire off season. “I remind them of that every day since I arrived” said new Quips Head Coach Larry Warfield. “We had 8 of those guys back last year and there isn’t one of them doesn’t want those two points back. After their first game, a 48-0 win over McKinley Tech from DC in the WesternPAFootball vs. the Rest Showcase at the Wolvarena, they seem to be on their way, only allowing 58 total yards the entire game. “We ain’t angry, we just want to play hard and earn what we let get away last year” said lineman Solvahn Moreland.
On their first possession of the game that followed an unusually fast opening score from the Quips, the Trainers unfairly felt the wrath of the Aliquippa defenses agenda as they were quickly driven backwards and forced to punt. Unfortunately for them this is pretty much what the rest of the game would look like:
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It wasn’t just the defense that shined. Larry Walker brought with him something fans of Aliquippa aren’t used to, a spread offense. The men in black spent much of the night in three and four receiver sets. Senior QB Eli Kasanovich likes what he’s seeing. So much so that in the first half he completed 10 of 13 passes for 228 yards and 4 touchdowns. “It was kind of a mystery for us at first. We didn’t get film on them so we didn’t know what we were up against” said Warfield. But we figured it out and just did what we set out to do.”
Everyone got in on the action of the new look offense. McKenzie ran for 94 yards and scored twice, MJ Devonshire hauled in a 52 yard pass, Jeoveon Crute hauled in 2 td passes, Zuriah Fisher caught a td pass and if you can believe it, Dan Elmore made 6 of 7 extra points. “That’s another thing we worked on from the time I got here. First thing we did was get a kicking coach and we worked on it all summer” said Warfield. Devonshire scored twice actually, his first was a 37 yard punt return.
Aliquippa will begin conference play this Friday with Waynesburg.
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