Blackhawk's Chiappialle short-changed his 400-yard effort
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Shortly before Cole Chiappialle took the field for the final time Friday night, he couldn't help but hear some Blackhawk High School fans yelling "3 more yards."
Cole was having a sensational game and said, "I thought they were talking about me getting 300 yards."
He was off by only 100 yards.
Chiappialle became only the 10th player in WPIAL history to rush for 400 yards in a game when he ran for 404 on 33 carries in a 48-25 victory against Chartiers Valley.
"I had no clue I had 400 yards," said Chiappialle, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior. "I ran the ball and came to the sideline and everyone was clapping. I thought I had 300 yards and that was awesome.
"Then one of my friends came up to me and said you just ran for 400 yards. I couldn't believe it. Then one of our assistants [Pat Feeley] came up to me and said, 'I never shook the hand of a man who ran for 400 yards before.'"
Chiappialle ended up in tears over the accomplishment.
"I was so excited. I got very emotional," Chiappialle said.
Chiappialle has 1,399 yards rushing this season, the most for a Blackhawk running back in the regular season since Jeremy Bruce ran for 1,499 in 2003.
For Chiappialle, it was a nice ending to senior night at Blackhawk.
"I give all the credit to our offensive line," Chiappialle said. "They played amazing and they deserve all the credit. I swear they are the most underrated line."
The other nine WPIAL running backs who have run for 400 yards in a game are Connellsville's Marcus Furman (455 in 2000), Mars' Austin Miele (448 in 2010), Hempfield's Matt Steve (446 in 1999), Fort Cherry's Mike Vernillo (424 in 1997), Laurel Highlands' Jim Smith (413 in 1989), Quaker Valley's James Rockeymore (411 in 2002), North Allegheny's Brian Baschnagel (409 in 1971), Woodland Hills' Brandon Payne (405 in 1997) and Mars' Brad Mueller (403 in 2002).
Aliquippa's 66-7 victory Thursday against Beaver Falls was one for the record books. It has been more than a half-century since a team beat Beaver Falls by such a lopsided score.
A check of records to 1952 shows the 66 points was the most scored against Beaver Falls in at least 60 years. The previous high was 61 by Jeannette in the 2007 WPIAL Class AA championship.
Also, Beaver Falls and Aliquippa have played 78 times in a series that dates to 1920. It was the most points scored by either team in the series.
Beaver became only the 10th school in WPIAL history to win 600 games Friday when it defeated Ellwood City, 35-13. Beaver started playing football in 1899. But while the Bobcats won their 600th, a coach in South Carolina moved one win closer to 600 wins -- himself.
John McKissick is 86 years old and got the 599th win of his career when Summerville beat Colleton County, 22-7. McKissick is in his 61st season as Summerville's coach and he has more wins than any coach in the country. His record is 599-147-13. Summerville (6-4) has two regular-season games remaining.
Penn Hills has been in the playoffs 14 years in a row, one of the longest current postseason streaks in the WPIAL. But the streak is in jeopardy.
Penn Hills is tied for fifth place in the Class AAAA Southeastern Conference with a 3-4 record. The Indians finish the regular season Friday against rival Woodland Hills.
Penn Hills has been in the playoffs 14 years in a row. The longest streak belongs to Aliquippa and Thomas Jefferson, who have qualified for the 18th year in a row. Woodland Hills has qualified for the 17th consecutive season, Rochester the 16th and McKeesport the 15th.
First place in the City League was decided Friday night when Perry defeated University Prep, but the game might be just a dress rehearsal for the title game in two weeks.
The City League semifinals are this week, and University Prep and Perry are the top two seeds. University Prep plays Brashear Thursday while Perry plays Allderdice Friday.
Perry defeated Allderdice, 12-0, earlier this season while University Prep defeated Brashear, 40-12. The winners meet Nov. 3 for the City League title.
Corey Clement, a standout senior running back at Glassboro High School set a South Jersey career rushing record Friday when he ran for 226 yards in a 35-0 victory against Highland. Clement made a verbal commitment to Pitt earlier this year but reportedly backed out of the commitment over the weekend.
Clement has 5,390 yards, breaking the mark of 5,380, set by Kevin Sinclair of Ocean City. The accomplishment is significant because of the runners who have come out of South Jersey. The area produced two Heisman Trophy running backs in Mike Rozier (Woodrow Wilson) and Ron Dayne (Overbrook) as well as legendary runners Franco Harris (Rancocas Valley) and Lydell Mitchell (Salem).
Clement has visited Nebraska and Notre Dame this fall and was scheduled to visit Wisconsin this past weekend. He also plans to visit Alabama in November.
First Published October 22, 2012 12:00 am