Top 10 PIAA football championship games

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The best from 25 years of PIAA championship weekends ...

2003 Manheim Central 39, Pine-Richland 38 (OT)

This Class AAA game was played in a snowstorm that dumped more than 6 inches of snow on the Hershey area. The game went to double overtime before Manheim Central won on a blocked extra point. Pine-Richland had star receiver-defensive back Neil Walker, now the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman.

1993 North Hills 15, Central Bucks West 14

A long pass to LaVar Arrington put North Hills in scoring position in this Class AAAA game. But still, the Indians faced fourth-and-goal from the 28 before quarterback Eric Kasperowicz hit Chris Feola over the middle for a touchdown with 25 seconds left. North Hills went for the win and Kasperowicz ran for the two-point conversion.

2000 Cathedral Prep 41, Central Bucks West 35 (OT)

The Class AAAA loss broke Central Bucks West's 59-game winning streak, which was a state record at the time. In overtime, Cathedral Prep's Dale Williams blocked a 24-yard field goal attempt. Cathedral Prep then won on Jawan Walker's 4-yard touchdown run.

1989 Perry 20, Berwick 8

Perry, a member of the Pittsburgh City League, shocked the world of Pennsylvania football with this Class AAA win. Late in the game, Berwick had a TD pass called back because of a penatly. On the final play of the game at the 3, Perry's Darnell "Pepsi" Farrow intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it for a touchdown.

2008 Wilmington 35, West Catholic 34 (2OTs)

In the first overtime of this Class AA game, with his team trailing, 28-21, Wilmington quarterback Shane Wagner scored the tying touchdown on a run on fourth-and-goal from the 16. Wilmington scored first in the second OT. West Catholic answered with a TD, but a Curtis Drake run on the two-point conversion failed.

2000 Strath Haven 31, West Allegheny 28

Led by quarterback Tyler Palko, West Allegheny scored with 22 seconds left to tie the score, 28-28, in this Class AAA final. But it took Strath Haven only two plays to move to the West Allegheny 7, where Carl Schoneman kicked a 25-yard field goal with one second left to give Strath Haven the win.

1994 McKeesport 17, Downingtown 14

Brandon Short was a dominating linebacker for McKees-port and his play in this Class AAAA game was legendary. McKeesport had a terrific goal-line stand that was a key to the win, and Short stopped Downingtown's Aaron Harris on the fourth-down play. QB Bill Isbir scored the winning touchdown on an 11-yard run with 2:44 remaining.

2008 Liberty 28, Bethel Park 21 (OT)

Liberty QB Anthony Gonzalez had 300 yards offense in this Class AAAA game, but it was a defensive play by Gonzalez that saved the win. The game was tied, 21-21, after regulation. After Gonzalez scored on a 1-yard run in overtime, he intercepted a pass by Bethel Park's Erik Olson to preserve the win.

2010 Allentown Central Catholic 28, Bishop McDevitt 27

Allentown Central QB Brendan Nosovitch had a memorable performance. On third-and-13, he hit Jack Sandherr with a 70-yard pass. On the next play, Nosovitch ran 18 yards for the tying touchdown with 2:09 left. Allentown Central then kicked the winning extra point in this Class AAA game.

2003 Aliquippa 33, Northern Lehigh 27

This Class AA final was memorable because Darrelle Revis put on an individual performance for the ages. He played quarterback, running back, receiver, defensive back and returned kicks for Aliquippa and scored all five Quips' touchdowns three different ways -- three on runs, a kickoff return and a return of a blocked field goal.

In the state record books: PIAA championship game records


Most championships: 6 by Berwick and Southern Columbia

District with most championships: WPIAL with 35; Districts 3, 4 and 11 with 11.

Most points scored: 63 by North Allegheny in 2012.

Most yards rushing: 509 by Central Bucks West in 1997, and by Southern Columbia in 2005.

Most total yards: 535 by Central Bucks West in 1998.

Fewest yards allowed: 29 by Berwick against Aliquippa in 1988.


Most yards rushing: 353 by R.C. Lagomarsino of Lansdale Catholic in 2004.

Most yards passing: 346 by D.J. Lenehan of Wilson in 2005.

Most touchdown passes: 4 by Ron Powlus of Berwick in 1992.

Most receptions: 11 by Jim Nicholson of Ridley in 1990, and by Brian Lemelle of Bishop McDevitt in 2011.

Longest fumble return for TD: 80 yards by Brandon Coniker of North Allegheny in 2012.

Longest interception return for TD: 100 yards by Darnell Farrow of Perry in 1989.

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