Beaver Falls – Aliquippa Preview
Written by: Josh Funk on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
The Game: Beaver Falls (7 AA) @ Aliquippa (7 AA)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, from “The Pit,” in Aliquippa (FSN Pittsburgh Thursday Showcase Game)
2008 Record: Beaver Falls (2-0), Aliquippa (2-0)
About Beaver Falls: Beaver Falls reached its first WPIAL championship game since 2001 last season, and, of course, everyone knows the result of that game against Jeannette. But, in ’08, the Tigers are looking pretty sharp, albeit against weakened Riverside and historically weak Freedom Area.
Beaver Falls boasts two effective running backs in seniors Cody Cook and Todd Thomas. Thomas is more of a versatile athlete, but scored three rushing touchdowns against Freedom last week. After running for four touchdowns in Week 1, Cody Cook followed that performance up with 101 yards and a score against Freedom.
Quarterback Tony Omogrosso, a transfer from Blackhawk, completed 8-of-10 passes for 124 yards in the Freedom victory last week. BF also has last season’s quarterback, 700-yard passer Tony Carter, waiting in the wings.
The Tigers’ defense has not allowed a point this season, while the offense averages 38 points per game.
About Aliquippa: Aliquippa has not won a WPIAL title since 2003. But this year, even with the loss of Jonathan Baldwin, the Quips are considered one of the teams on the short list to contend for the WPIAL “AA” title.
Quarterback Rasheem Jones is back to lead the Quip offense, and junior Rashad Kenney takes over for Baldwin, who now plays for Pitt. Leading the offensive line for Aliquippa is Division-1 prospect and Pitt commit Juantez Hollins, a 6’5, 265-pounder. RB Maurice Carter ran for 92 yards and averaged 18 yards per carry in Aliquippa’s 47-0 victory over Ellwood City last week. Seven different Quips scored touchdowns in that game.
Aliquippa, like Beaver Falls, has not allowed a point this season. The black and red averages 34 points per game.
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