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There were plenty of impressive WPIAL football performances over the weekend but none came close to what we saw from Beaver Falls Josh Hough.
The running back that’s headed to play in the ACC for Syracuse continued what has been a eye-opening senior season for the Tigers. During Beaver Falls 50-27 win over Apollo-Ridge in the WPIAL Class-2A semifinals, Hough rushed for a career-high 368 yards on just 22 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Tigers punched a ticket to the championship game.
Many have debated whether Hough’s best position in college would be at running back or on the defensive side of the ball. Hough has made a great case and is reaffirming Syracuse head coach Dino Babers desire to use him at running back as he’s now rushed for 1,816 yards and 26 touchdowns in just nine games this season.
great team win ! Told y’all my o- line is the best !on to the championship! God is good ! 21 carries 368 yds 3 tds 2 sacks #gctnb @wpialsportsnews @RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @SportsByBLinder @CoachAmeer @PghSportsNow @rivalsmike
— ✌🏾🐍 (@JoshHough5) November 7, 2020
Pittsburgh Sports Now talked with Hough following his big performance and not surprisingly that ranked pretty high on his individual list of accomplishments.
“That has to be my biggest game every because I never ran for over 300 yards before,” said Hough. “That was pretty special. We just kept pounding them and pounding them and after while they seemed to get tired of tackling and just backed up which allowed me to break a couple of big ones. That’s what we just kept doing all game.
“As the game was going on, I had no idea what my stats were but at the end of the game, I was shocked but happy when I found out what they were.”
As he mentioned, he did break a couple big ones as Hough scored touchdowns of 78 and 86 yards. While he’ll obviously get the credit and be in the spotlight, Hough is quick to point out games like that aren’t possible without a great offensive line.
“They’ve done a lot for me and mean so much to me,” said Hough. “They push me to go hard and that helps. They’ve really gone all out to block for me this entire season. I really want to make sure and give them proper credit.”
Beaver Falls is back in the WPIAL title game where they’ll take on No. 3 seed Sto-Rox this Saturday starting at 5 p.m. at North Hills High School.
“Getting to this point means a lot to me because I was too young to play in the 2016 championship game and now I’ll play in this one and hopefully win it,” Hough said.