Aliquippa handles Washington
Top-seeded Aliquippa came into its WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal game with the goal of controlling the line of scrimmage.
The Quips succeeded, dominating No. 8 Washington's offense in a 36-6 victory at Chartiers Valley.
Aliquippa (11-0) cruised into the WPIAL semifinals for the fifth straight season. The Quips have made it to Heinz field three years in a row.
This time, Aliquippa did it with its swarming defense, holding the Prexies (8-3) and star running back Shai McKenzie to negative rushing yards.
"Defensively, we controlled the line of scrimmage against them," Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac said. "The whole tenor of the game changed, because we could do what we wanted to do and we weren't pressing to do anything."
It didn't take long for Aliquippa to assert its dominance. The Quips took the opening kickoff and marched 73 yards in 13 plays, aided by a crucial penalty on fourth down. Dravon Henry capped off the drive with a 27-yard rushing touchdown on fourth-and-3.
Their next two scores took considerably less time. After a Washington interception, it took Aliquippa just two plays to strike on a 45-yard pass from Mikal Hall to Kaylan Kenney. After a bad snap on a punt on the Prexies' ensuing possession, Mikal Hall found Davion Hall for a 29-yard score on the next play.
The two hooked up again from 38 yards later in the half.
The Quips will face No. 5 Greensburg Central Catholic in the semifinals.