Aliquippa QB Shegog has stepped into leadership role
TribLIVE Sports Videos
PIAA class AA Quarterfinals
Aliquippa (13-0) vs. Karns City (10-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Sarge Alberts Stadium, Center Township
For a young man who exhibited extraordinary patience in waiting for his opportunity, Malik Shegog sure was quick to interrupt a reporter's question in the Heinz Field interview room this past Friday.
The quarterback of WPIAL Class AA champion Aliquippa, Shegog interjected halfway into an inquiry that was intended to get the Quips' reaction to Washington coach Mike Bosnic's assertion that they might go down as one of the greatest WPIAL Class AA teams of all time.
“You can't be best until you win states,” Shegog said.
Three wins away from its third PIAA championship, Aliquippa (13-0) plays District 9 champion Karns City (10-3) in a quarterfinal 7 p.m. Friday at Central Valley.
Though the Quips have roughly seven times as many rushing yards as they do passing yards, don't take that as a sign that they can't throw.
Because their running game is so potent (more than 350 yards per game), and also because they're often playing with a sizable lead (a 48.8-point average margin of victory), Shegog is rarely asked to use his arm.
That's OK, he also can use his legs to beat teams — witness the 100 yards and two rushing TDs at Heinz Field last week. But Shegog also showed off his throwing ability with a deft 28-yard touchdown pass to Dajon Perry in the first half of that same game.
“He's been very efficient. He can throw the ball,” Quips coach Mike Zmijanac said. “I hope everyone doesn't think he can — which is OK with me if they do.
“He's a terrific athlete. ... We throw the ball when we feel like it, and he's shown he can if we want to and need to.”
Shegog, whose father and uncles and cousins played football at Aliquippa, bided his time before taking over as the Quips' starting quarterback. A defensive back and receiver the past three seasons, Shegog was the backup to Mikal Hall.
“Their offensive line really gets off the ball, and all the running backs have speed and are capable of taking it to the house any play,” Karns City coach Ed Conto said. “We'll have our hands full.”
KEYS TO VICTORY — A: Avoid mistakes, stay the course, don't look ahead. KC: Play turnover-free and keep possession of the ball for long stretches.
PREDICTION — Aliquippa, 43-12
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- WPIAL, coaches are still looking to schedule Week 9 rivalry games
- West Mifflin hoping to spoil TJ’s perfect season
- Gorman: A WPIAL playoff drought about to end
- Previewing some of Western Pa.’s top Week 9 matchups
- Heavyweights West Allegheny, Central Valley meet in test for Parkway
- High school football notebook: WPIAL might welcome another team next year
- Ford City, Kittanning matchup to be part of SI.com’s ‘Underdogs’
- Longtime rivals Kittanning, Ford City set for final act
- The Leader eager for Kittanning finale
- Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Springdale’s Austin Kline
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Montour’s David Haseleu