PIAA Class AA Semifinal: Aliquippa topples Richland, 37-21
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Aliquippa is Hershey bound.
Dravon Henry rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns and Aliquippa advanced to the PIAA championship game for the fifth time with a 37-21 win Friday against Richland in a Class AA semifinal at North Allegheny.
The Quips (15-0), who won state titles in 1991 and 2003, will play the winner of tomorrow's semifinal between Imhotep Charter (14-0) and Wyomissing (14-0) in the championship game next Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium at Noon.
Against Richland (14-1), Aliquippa was not as dominant as it had been against every other team on its schedule. But after a scoreless first quarter in which the Quips mustered only 15 yards, their offense came alive, vaulting them to a 23-6 halftime lead.
Richland cut its deficit to 23-13 in the third quarter, but Henry scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to put the game away.
Aliquippa outgained Richland, 403-343. The Quips rushed 374 yards. Terry Swanson had 93 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, but went down with a right ankle injury early in the fourth quarter and did not return.
Richland's Matt Shaffer completed 14 of 22 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.
First Published December 7, 2012 8:53 pm