PITTSBURGH — Cam Lindsey looked up into the bright lights of Acrisure Stadium Friday night in a situation he has seen before.
The Aliquippa senior linebacker/tight end watched as the final seconds trimmed off the clock in the 35-21 victory over No. 2 McKeesport in the WPIAL 4A Championship game. The title serves as the third consecutive for both Aliquippa and Lindsey, with wins over Central Valley last year and Belle Vernon in 2021. This also serves as the last WPIAL game in Lindsey’s high school career.
“It feels good every time, you know,” Lindsey said on winning a WPIAL title. “This one’s a three-peat, for history. That was our goal, but we just had to take it one play at a time and let it come naturally to us.”
Cam Lindsey had a fantastic game for the Quips in their victory over the Tigers. His biggest play came on the opening score, which saw him take a fumble back 39 yards untouched into the end zone. Lindsey gave most of the credit to junior defensive back Arison Walker, who hit the ball out of Tigers senior quarterback Garrett Tarker’s hands, allowing him to pick up the ball for the touchdown.
“Air made a huge play and I seen the ball on the ground, so I knew I had to give us a little spark.,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey, a stellar linebacker, also is proficient in the rushing attack. He displayed those abilities throughout against McKeesport, finishing with seven carries for 36 yards and scoring rushing touchdowns of two and 12 yards, respectively.
Against No. 4 Mars last Friday, he had a 24-yard receiving touchdown and a four-yard rushing score, showing his momentum on offense heading into crucial PIAA playoff games.
The two touchdowns he scored for the Quips helped them eventually build the lead and doing it at Acrisure Stadium meant just a little more than normal.
“It’s perfect anytime I get into the end zone,” Lindsey said. I’ve never been in the stadium up here, so it feels a little more special.
Lindsey will attend Pitt next year as a part of the Class of 2024, committing back in June, to play linebacker. 247Sports rates him as a three-star, No. 44 at his position and No. 12 in Pennsylvania in his class, respectively, while Rivals rates him as a four-star, No. 23 at his position and No. 12 in the state in his class, respectively.
While this is just the beginning for Lindsey and his football career, he still took a moment to reminisce on his final WPIAL football game at Acrisure Stadium.
“Final high school game, it’s crazy saying that now,” Lindsey said. “If you told me that before that I’d have three touchdowns four years ago, I’d be like, “No way!” It felt great. I’m proud of the team, the hard work paid off and after tonight, we just have to get back at it again tomorrow.”
The win also serves as the third straight victory over the Tigers for the Quips in the past three playoffs. For Lindsey, there really isn’t much different from McKeesport than the other teams they have faced. It’s all about doing what is needed on the field and using the experience from the previous seasons to beat almost any team.
“Just doing our job,” Cam Lindsey said. “Doing what the coaches ask us and just going out and executing.”
Aliquippa faces off against Selinsgrove next weekend in the PIAA 4A Semifinals, where they’ll focus on their goal of a state title. Bishop McDevitt, who defeated them last season in the PIAA final, is in the other semifinal and a likely rematch is on the way. Lindsey wants that state title but is more focused on Selinsgrove and making sure they get that game.
— Dwight Lindsey (@mrdlindsey) November 25, 2023