Aliquippa toppled by Wyomissing in PIAA Championship game
Aliquippa's Terry Swanson is taken down by Wyomissing's Joseph Cacchione in the PIAA class AA championship at Hersheypark Stadium today.
Aliquippa running back Terry Swanson, left, out runs Wyomissing defender Joseph Cacchione, right, for a 50-yard gain during the third quarter of today's PIAA Class AA high school football championship game in Hershey, Pa.
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HERSHEY, Pa. -- The mighty Aliquippa High School football team will come home without a state championship.
Aliquippa was knocked off by Wyomissing, 17-14, in the PIAA Class AA championship game this afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium. Mason Smith's 36-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave Wyomissing the win. Aliquippa came into the game with a 15-0 record.
Wyomissing had three first-half turnovers and Aliquippa took a 14-7 lead at the break. The Quips scored on their first possession after a Wyomissing fumble. Dravon Henry scored the touchdown on a 1-yard run, and Terry Swanson ran for the two-point conversion.
Wyomissing scored with 9:16 left in the half when Mason Smith ran 13 yards for a touchdown.
But Aliquippa got one more score before halftime on Henry's 10-yard run.
Early in the third quarter, Jonah Bowman kicked a PIAA championship-game record 52-yard field goal to make it 14-10. Wyomissing took the lead with 11:18 left in the game when Smith broke through the right side for a 36-yard touchdown.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
First Published December 15, 2012 2:47 pm