Seven weeks down and three weeks left in the 2017 WPIAL high school football season.
Our Game of the Week is one of the top games in the WPIAL as Aliquippa takes on Quaker Valley. The dominating Quips defense taking on the high-powered Quaker Valley offense. Will the Quakers be the first team this season to score on the Quips defenses?
Here some other news and notes from over the weekend as we head into Week Eight.
**Congragulations to the OLSH as they earned what is being called the biggest win in the history of the eight-year program.
The Chargers knocked off previously undefeated and perennial powerhouse Rochester. Trailing by seven and with 2 minutes left in the game, OLSH quarterback Tyler Bradley connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Sig Saftner to get them within one point. OLSH’s Richard Banks then ran it in for a 2-point conversion to give them the 16-13 win.
**The loss ended Rochester’s 16-game regular season winning streak which dated back to 2015.
**West Allegheny lost to Upper St. Clair in overtime but did so without two key players. Will Weber, the Indians best player and Dante Flati didn’t play because of injury. Weber is “day-to-day” but Flati will miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone.
**With their 42-14 win over Beaver Falls, Quaker Valley clinched a spot in the playoffs. They also started the season 7-0 for just the fifth time in the history of the program.
**Quaker Valley quarteback Ricky Guss accounted for four touchdowns and in the process set the school record for single season touchdowns in a season breaking the record of Mike Kolesar (1983).
**Blackhawk running back Kenny Gawley rushed for 176 yards and also returned a block punt 44 yards for the game-winning touchdown over Ambridge.
**One more note concerning the Aliquippa defense. They held Clairton to -29 yards rushing.
**Freedom outscored South Side 14-7 in the fourth quarter and went on to a 21-14 win. The big play in the game was a 47 yard TD run by Cody Ross, which turned out to be the game-winning touchdown. For the game, Ross rushed for 119 yards on 15 carries and teammate Kyle Borgman chipped in 82 yards. As a team, the Bulldogs ran for 244 yards.
The Bulldogs were playing short-handed and Ross and his teammates stepped up to earn an important conference win. For this effort, Cody Ross is our Vocelli/Dunkin Donuts Player of the Week.