High school football notebook: Aliquippa finishes 4th straight perfect regular season
By Chris Harlan
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 10:03 p.m.
Aliquippa can add another entry to its record book.
With last week's victory, the Quips became just the third WPIAL football team with four consecutive undefeated regular seasons. The others were Woodland Hills (1999-2002) and Braddock (1954-59), which went six without a loss or tie.
“That doesn't happen all too often,” Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac said.
Aliquippa's most recent loss was Sept. 18, 2009, a 21-14 Beaver Falls victory. This year's senior class already has won two consecutive WPIAL Class AA titles and has made successive trips to Hershey for PIAA championship games.
Now, the group will graduate without having lost a regular-season game.
“They don't act like it's a big deal,” Zmijanac said. “We don't really mention those things until after they happen. I have so many seniors that have been playing for four years that they're not jaded by those kinds of things.”
This was the 15th undefeated regular season for Aliquippa, which ranks second most among WPIAL teams.
A Week 4 loss to Monessen kept Clairton from completing four consecutive unbeaten regular seasons.
Ringgold junior Nico Law always has admired former Jeannette star Terrelle Pryor, and now the two have an accomplishment in common. Law joined WPIAL quarterbacks who have passed for 1,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 in the same season.
He's the only player this season to reach the milestone. Pryor did it twice.
“I'm real excited to be put in the category with quarterbacks who've done it in the past,” said Law, who has 1,353 passing yards and 1,016 rushing. “I looked up to Terrelle Pryor growing up.”
Law (6-0, 180) reached the milestone with 131 rushing yards in last Friday's 50-17 victory over Trinity, when he scored four touchdowns and threw another.
Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams reached the 1,000-1,000 milestone last year, when he had 2,237 passing and 1,190 rushing.
For the third time in three years, Aliquippa has found a different site for its playoff opener. The Quips will host South Park on Friday at Hopewell's Tony Dorsett Stadium. Concerns about The Pit's grass field led to similar arrangements in recent years.
Aliquippa's preferred venue has been Ambridge's Moe Rubenstein Stadium, but construction has closed the Aliquippa-Ambridge bridge. The Quips used Moon's stadium last season.
Central Catholic also found a new playoff home. The Vikings will use Cupples Stadium rather than Highmark Stadium, site of the WPIAL soccer championships.
Root Sports will televise Friday night's Class AAAA game between Pine-Richland and Woodland Hills. The 7:30 p.m. game at the Wolvarena will be shown tape-delayed after the Penguins.
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