The 2017 high school football season is nearing the midway point and like in any season, storylines are starting to develop.
We’re all accustomed to Aliquippa having a great team and the fact that they’ve started the season 4-0 isn’t a surprise or headline news. However, outscoring their opponents by the score of 140-0 is news.
Yes, entering week five, the Aliquippa defense hasn’t allowed a point yet this season. They’ve shutout New Castle, Beaver Falls and Freeport and the only touchdown that Beaver scored was a defensive touchdown.
Up next for Aliquippa is Ellwood City so there’s a decent chance that the shutout streak continues into week six.
One Losing Streak Ends, Another Continues
This past Friday was a big deal for the Ellwood City football team as they beat Beaver Falls. What made it a big deal? It was the first win for the Wolverine football team since October of 2015. So congratulations to Ellwood City and first year head coach Nick Hand.
While that losing streak ended, unfortunate the one for the Ambridge Bridgers football team continues.
After going winless last year, the Bridgers have yet to mark the victory column yet in 2017. The last won for the Ambridge team came back on October 30, 2015.
For a variety of reasons, the Ambridge football program has hit hard times as head coach Terry George attempts to bring them back to respectability.
Quaker Valley’s Start
The great story of the 2017 Quaker Valley football added another chapter on Friday as they won an important showdown against Beaver and did so impressively.
The Quakers broke open a tight game and scored 30 points in the last 12 minutes to keep their perfect season intact.
Quaker Valley was once again led by senior quarterback Ricky Guss who through four games might be the top performer in Beaver County. After accounting for five more touchdowns against Beaver, Guss already has collected over 20 touchdowns for Quaker Valley. His ability as a dual-threat option has made the Quaker Valley offense unstoppable to this point.
Guss and Quaker Valley will get their biggest test of the season this Friday as they travel to perennial powerhouse Central Valley, which will be the PSN Game of the Week.
Can Hopewell Take Next Step?
Last season, the Hopewell Vikings started the season 5-0 before having their season crash by losing their last five games. The season ending losing streak can be attributed to a very difficult back end of the schedule.
A year later, Hopewell finds itself in a similar situation as they enter week five with a record over 3-1. Up Next is a road game at Mohawk so a 4-1 start is very realistic.
Then the question becomes where will the Vikings find their next win this season as they close the season with games against Quaker Valley, Central Valley, Beaver, Beaver Falls and Aliquippa.
Considering the surprisingly small roster size, the job that head coach Mark Washington has done is impressive.