Quaker Valley wins lowest scoring game In WPIAL championship history
Written by: Pat Pico on Saturday, November 18th, 2017
An early morning start for both teams led to early mistakes for both Aliquippa and Quaker Valley.
An opening series saw the Quips drive inside the Quaker Valley 40 yard line before going backward on 3 consecutive penalties, causing an Aliquippa punt.
Quaker Valley QB would fumble on the 2nd play on their opening series, giving possession back to the Quips inside the Quakers 20 yard line. Aliquippa would return the favor by giving the ball right back on a fumble of their own as McKenzie would fumble on the Quaker Valley 19 yard line. 3 plays later, Quaker Valley QB Ricky Guss would throw an interception to Aliquippa’s Xavier Harvey at the Quaker Valley 12 yard line.
However, Aliquippa would not be able to capitalize on excellent field position as they would go backwards yet again on penalties, resulting in an Aliquippa punt.
The two teams would then exchange punts into the 2nd quarter. Aliquippa would start the 2nd quarter on their own 10 yard line, where Quakers Ricky Guss would tackle Avante McKenzie 1 yard deep in the end zone, resulting in a safety, placing the score at 2-0 Quaker Valley with 10:49 in the 2nd quarter.
We would go into the half with the score sitting at 2-0, Quaker Valley.
A smorgasbord of penalties and 3 sacks would escort Aliquippa from a 1st & Goal from the Quaker Valley 8 yard line to a 4th & 43 with 8:32 remaining in the 4th quarter.
Late in the 4th quarter, Aliquippa would start a drive from their own 22 yard line with 2:53 in the 4th quarter and 1 timeout remaining. This drive would take the Quips inside the Quaker Valley 40 yard line on 8 plays before a tipped pass from William Gipson was intercepted by Ethan Moore with :34 seconds remaining to secure the Quakers of Quaker Valley their first ever WPIAL Class ‘AAA’
Quaker Valley QB Ricky Guss would finish with 44 yards rushing, zero completions, but had the tackle that caused the safety.
Aliquippa’s offense was held to only 180 yards total offense on the day. While Quaker Valley would only amass a mear 55 yards total offense.
Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanic “We had too many penalties, I dont have the time to referee. Whether you lose 44-38 or 2-0. We made mistakes and this was a game where if you were ahead, you had the advantage. I told my players afterward that I was proud of them, their dedication, their loyalty and we move on. If losing a football game is the worse thing in your life, you are lucky”
In the winning locker room, Quakers head coach Jerry Veshio “I am at a loss for words, usually I am not. We told these kids before the game, we only need to win by 1, we won by 2. On August 7th at 3:00pm, I informed everyone, including some of the media here today about how impressed I was with this group, and how special they are and that showed today. Their relentless pursuit is pretty darn impressive. This championship means soo much to our community.”
Rushing: QV Ricky Guss 21 rushes for 44 yards; Taylor Jordan 10 rushes for 9 yards;
Rushing: Aliquippa Avante McKenzie 23 rushes for 74 yards; MJ Devonshire 2 rushes for 22 yards; Tariq Jones 2 rushes for 4 yards;
Passing: QV Ricky Guss, 0 for 12 with 2 interceptions;
Passing: Aliquippa William Gibson, 12 for 19 with 3 interceptions; 109 yards;
Receiving: Aliquippa MJ Devonshire 5 for 37 yards; Deoveon Crute 3 for 14 yards; Kwantel Raines 2 for 20 yards; Zuriah Fisher 1 for 34 yards;
Fumbles: QV Ricky Guss; Taylor Jordan. Aliquippa Avante McKenzie
Interceptions: QV Ryan Jackovic; Ethan Moore. Aliquippa, Xavier Harvey; Dejour Fisher;
First Downs: QV 7 / Aliquippa 12
Rush Yards (net): QV 33-55 / Aliquippa 40-71
Passing Yards (net): QV 12-0-2 / Aliquippa 19-12-3
Total Offense Plays: QV 45-55 / Aliquippa 59-180
Time of possession: QV 20:32 / Aliquippa 27:28
Quaker Valley will have a bye next week and await the winner of Sharon and Forest Hills at a site to be determined. Stay tuned to WesternPAFootball.net for details.
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