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Landon Alexander scored three touchdowns to lead Central Valley to its second consecutive WPIAL Class 3-A title with a 35-0 victory over Elizabeth Forward at North Allegheny High School on Friday.
Alexander, a junior running back, scored three times in the second quarter to turn an early one-score Central Valley lead into a rout as the Warriors from Monaca, Pa., raced to a four-touchdown halftime margin.
Alexander scored from 10 yards out up the middle just shy of the midway point of the second quarter. With 3:32 to play in the second period, he took a handoff untouched for a 41-yard score after a nasty cutback. To close the half, he broke a pair of tackles and kept his feet moving to once again break a big one for a 31-yard score.
Alexander finished the first half with over 140 yards rushing and the three scores.
Central Valley defensive end Sean FitzSimmons forced an Elizabeth Forward fumble in the red zone and Stephon Hall capitalized with a 13-yard touchdown run on a sweep to the left side to start the scoring.
Hall, a senior who is committed to Pitt, left the game with an apparent left arm injury in the first half and did not return.
In the second half, Central Valley quarterback Ameer Dudley scored on a 3-yard quarterback keeper midway though the third quarter.
The title is the fourth in 11 seasons for Central Valley, which was formed in 2009 after the voluntary merger of the Monaca and Center Area. The Warriors also won titles in 2010, 2014 and 2018, all in the 3A classification.
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Elizabeth Forward (8-1) has never won a WPIAL title.
Central Valley (10-0) will face the winner of Bedford and Hickory in the PIAA Class-3A semifinals on Friday or Saturday with a site to be determined. Central Valley’s 2019 season ended with a loss in the state title game. The Warriors have twice lost in the state finals.