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Ground Game Powers Beaver Falls to WPIAL Class-2A Title



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WEST VIEW, Pa. — The Beaver Falls team came into Martorelli Stadium and force-fed a running game that Sto-Rox could not stop. With the two-headed monster attack of Josh Hough and Shileak Livingston the Tigers were able to control the game from the opening whistle and rolled to a 43-30 victory over the Vikings to claim the 2020 WPIAL Class-2A championship.

Tigers running back Josh Hough had two scores on the ground, Shileak Livingston added another and quarterback  Jared Brickner connected with Quadir Thomas as Beaver Falls raced out a 28-0 first-half lead. Hough scored on carries of 20 and 18 yards. Livingston scored on a 2-yard carry. Hough and Livingston each added a two-point conversion.

In the second half, after a Sto-Rox fumble, Mekhi Clark scored from six yards out and Livingston added a two-point conversion to give the Tigers a 36-0 lead early in the second half.

Despite the lopsided score and a running clock, the Vikings didn’t give in. Jaymont Green-Miller looked like he was going to get hit for a loss but turned it into a 39 yard touchdown. Sto-Rox added the 2-pt conversion on a run by Dionte Givens to make it 36-8 at the end of the third quarter. 

On the first play of fourth quarter Emir Short of Sto-Rox picked off a Jaren Brickner pass and returned it 56 yards for a VIkings touchdown to cut the lead to 36-15.

Sto-Rox recovered the following onside kick but could not turn it into points and turned the ball over on downs. Trey SIngleton kept up his huge second half with a 40 yard scamper putting him over 100 yards. Singleton’’s run set up a 2 yard touchdown run for Jaren Brickner to make it 43-15 with 4:18 to go. 

Sto-Rox added a late 1-yard touchdown by Josh Jenkins and a 6-yard touchdown pass and catch from Jenkins to Zay Davis to make it 43-30, but the Vikings’ comeback bid ran out of time.

The WPIAL title was the fifth for the Tigers in their history, joining victories in 2016, 1984, 1960 and 1928. They’ll move on to face District 10 winners Wilmington in the PIAA semifinals.


Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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