High School Football Notebook: Jeannette coach Reitz -- "I think everybody was just like 'wow' "
November 19, 2007 10:00 AM
Daron Cox scored a touchdown and a 2-point conversion for Aliquippa in Friday's record-setting playoff game vs. Jeannette. (shot 11/16/07)
By Mike White Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After his team's WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday night, Jeannette coach Ray Reitz said he had never seen a game like the Jayhawks' 70-48 victory against Aliquippa.
But the significance of the contest goes beyond Reitz's personal experiences. No one in the history of the WPIAL has ever witnessed a game like that.
The 118 points scored in the game is the most of any in WPIAL history -- playoffs or regular season. The previous record was 113, set in 1998 when Northgate defeated Ford City, 69-44.
"I think I'm just starting to come down from that game," Reitz said yesterday afternoon. "I couldn't even talk afterward. I think everybody was just like 'wow.' "
The game featured 1,188 yards offense, including 331 yards rushing by Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor. At one point in the third quarter, five touchdowns were scored in less than seven minutes.
"I'm sure if you talked to people in Aliquippa before the game and told them that they were going to score 48 points and still lose by three touchdowns, they would have said, 'What are you smoking?' " Reitz said.
Besides the total points scored, the game had other historical significance.
• Jeannette already has tied the record for most points scored in the WPIAL playoffs. The Jayhawks have 161, which ties South Side Beaver's total in 1999. Jeannette plays Beaver Falls in the WPIAL final Friday at Heinz Field. Barring maybe the Steelers' defense showing up in Beaver Falls uniforms, Jeannette will break the playoff scoring record.
• The 70 points scored was the most against an Aliquippa team since Aliquippa High School was formed in 1930. Woodlawn High started playing in 1910, was renamed Harding High in 1925, and renamed Aliquippa five years later.
Before Friday, the most points scored on Aliquippa were 56 to East Liverpool in 1970.
"When the game ended, you saw some kids lying on the field like they were shot," Reitz said. "That was just how tired everyone was."
No to Michigan
Before Michigan lost to Ohio State Saturday, and before word got out that Lloyd Carr would be resigning as coach at the University of Michigan, two players from Gateway High had crossed the Wolverines off their final list.
Gateway running back/defensive back Cam Saddler and linebacker/defensive end Shayne Hale were supposed to make an official visit to Michigan this past weekend, but canceled it.
"We just don't think it's the best situation for either of us," Saddler said Friday night after the Gators defeated North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals.
That means Saddler will now choose between Pitt, West Virginia and Virginia. Hale's final three choices are West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio State. But he's not certain he will visit Ohio State, which means he probably will choose between West Virginia and Virginia.
More Michigan recruiting
Look for Montour running back/linebacker Christian Wilson to possibly open his recruiting again. He had made a verbal commitment to Michigan in August. But Wilson said last week he would open his recruiting if a coaching change occurred at Michigan.
Threat moves game
In one of the bigger upsets in the state this weekend, Tyrone lost to Central Cambria, 21-10, in a District 6 playoff game Saturday. Tyrone came into the contest undefeated.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday at Tyrone's Gray-Veterans Memorial Field, but was moved to Saturday at Altoona's Mansion Park Stadium because of a rumored school shooting at Tyrone. Thanksgiving break started Thursday for Tyrone students, while police and security officials searched school buildings for weapons.