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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. — Aliquippa (3-0, 5-0) defeated Beaver Falls 40-0 to remain undefeated in Class-3A Tri-County West play Friday night at Carl A. Ascham Memorial Stadium.
The Quips strong running game, coupled with a myriad of costly Beaver Falls penalties led to a decisive win for the home team.
Beaver Falls (2-2, 3-2) returned the opening kickoff to their 43-yard line and were in business early. Bruising running back Josh Hough had a few strong runs including a third-and-three from the eight-yard line that led to a first-and-goal from the half-yard line.
However, a personal-foul penalty after the play led to a first-and-ten from the 16. On the next play, a second personal foul was called, leading to the ejection of senior tight end Kyzer Cleckly.
The ejection was the second in three weeks as quarterback Chase Thornton was ejected two weeks ago, leading to him missing last week’s game against Quaker Valley.
A few plays and a sack later, the Tigers turned a first-and-goal from the half yard line to a turnover on downs at the 40.
Aliquippa scored late in the first quarter on a four-yard run by Vernon Redd. The Quips were without their kicker, which led to two-point conversions throughout the night, and were able to convert leading to an 8-0 lead.
The Beaver Falls offense sputtered and stalled their way through the first half committing five penalties, two of which came on the first play of a possession. First and tens routinely turned into first and 15’s or 16’s and the Aliquippa defense was too strong to prevent any miracles from the Tigers.
Aliquippa scored again early in the second quarter on another four-yard run by Redd and the lead was pushed to 14-0.
The Quips carried the lead into the half and flexed their muscles in the third quarter.
Antonio Quinn broke off runs of 50 and 25, the latter of which being a touchdown and the Quips pushed the lead to 20-0.
Any semblance of a game was squashed when Beaver Falls was called for a neutral-zone infraction on a fourth-and-four, giving the Quips another first down.
Two plays later Vaughn Morris found Anthony Jackson for an 18-yard touchdown.
Aliquippa forced three interceptions in the win, one of which was returned 60 yards by Vernon Redd for a touchdown. Senior Isaiah Towler had the other two inceptions for the Quips.
Freshman Isaiah Martinez capped the scoring with a two-yard run in the fourth.
Quinn finished the night with 208 yards on 14 carries while Redd ran 16 times for 94 yards. Quinn broke off runs of 50, 25, 22, 19 and 34.
Josh Hough was a bright spot for the Tigers running for 40 yards and it took more than two Quips to tackle him on almost every single run.