WPIAL CLASS AAA ROUNDUP: Hopewell's Shell ties Sims' mark
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Rushel Shell tied one record and moved closer to breaking another, as Hopewell rolled to a 41-13 road victory against Indiana in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs.
Shell rushed for 256 yards on 34 carries and scored on runs of 21, 1, 7, and 77 yards.
That gives Shell 8,787 career rushing yards and leaves him 240 short of the state record of 9,027 yards, set by Steelton-Highspire graduate Jeremiah Young in 2008.
It was the 38th 100-yard rushing game for Shell, which ties the national record set by Billy Sims of Hooks, Texas, from 1972-75.
Hopewell (7-3) also scored on a 56-yard fumble return by Adam Murray and a 5-yard scoring pass from Nolan Harmotto to Zach Gula. Indiana (7-3) was led by Logan Weaver, who completed 7 of 17 passes for 155 yards and two scores.
The victory advances Hopewell to the quarterfinals. The Vikings will face Franklin Regional.
Matt Bradford and Curtis Lewis returned interceptions for touchdowns in the first quarter, as the top-seeed Warriors (10-0) rolled to an easy win against the visiting Mustangs (4-6).
Bradford's interception and return covered 20 yards, while Lewis rambled 83 yards with his interception.
Robert Foster and Justin Shaw scored a pair of touchdowns for Central Valley. Foster scored on a 27-yard run and returned a kickoff 85 yards for another score. Shaw scored on runs of 4 and 16 yards.
Laurel Highlands was led by Jake Riddell, who completed 12 of 16 passes for 115 yards. He connected with Eric Scott on a scoring pass. The Mustangs also had an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Denzel Beasley.
Central Valley, the defending WPIAL champion, advances to the quarterfinals and will face Ringgold.
Dom Presto connected with Zach Schademan on a pair of touchdown passes and scored on a 1-yard sneak in overtime to lead the Jaguars (7-3) to a narrow win against the Golden Lions (7-3).
Presto completed 13 of 26 passes for 223 yards and connected with Schademan on scoring passes of 29 and 39 yards. Schademan had seven catches for 161 yards.
Ryan Ruffing also had a big game for Thomas Jefferson. He rushed for 206 yards on 33 carries and scored on runs of 3 and 29 yards.
Waylon Fink scored the Golden Lions first two touchdowns on a 10-yard pass from Josh Falatovich and a 24-yard interception return. Falatovich also connected with Bill Maschmyer on a 6-yard scoring pass.
Greensburg Salem tied the score, 28-28, when Michael Kizzie scored on a 1-yard run. Kizzie blocked and recovered a punt to set up the touchdown drive.
Thomas Jefferson, the No. 6 seed, moves on to the quarterfinals and will face No. 3 seed Knoch.
Dylan Buechel threw six touchdown passes to lead the No. 5 seeded Spartans (8-2) to a convincing victory against the Colts (5-5) in a first round game played at Montour.
Buechel completed 13 of 22 passes for 183 yards. He connected with Darren Massey on scoring passes of 29 and 16 yards, and with Devin Wilson on passes of 15 and 9 yards. He also threw touchdown passes to Julian Durden and Anthony Rippole.
Montour had 408 yards in total offense, including 178 rushing yards on 22 carries by Durden, who also scored on a 1-yard run.
Chartiers Valley's Wayne Capers completed 18 of 35 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Zach Chapman on scoring passes of 76 and 35 yards and with Kevin Gillen on a 30-yard scoring play.
Montour advances to the quarterfinals and will face West Mifflin.
Shamar Greene rushed for 232 yards on 32 carries and scored once to lead the No. 4 seeded Titans (9-1) to a victory against the visiting Planets (6-4). Greene opened the scoring with a 65-yard run in the first quarter.
Mars responded with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Owen Nearhoof to Elliot Woodward. Nearhoff also scored on a two-point conversion run to give Mars its only lead, 8-7.
West Mifflin took the lead for good on a 25-yard run by Kevin Clarke in the second quarter. The Titans iced the victory with a 22-yard scoring pass from Derrick Fullmore to Luke Centofanti in the fourth quarter. The touchdown pass came on a fourth-and-12 play.
Dane Brown rushed for 101 yards on 21 carries to lead the No. 2 seeded Panthers (10-0) to a first-round victory against the Leopards (4-6). Brown scored on runs of 7 and 3 yards.
Franklin Regional also scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Nico Lodovico to Graham Schilling, and a 40-yard return of a blocked punt by Dom Matarazzo.
Belle Vernon was led by Ian Dobbins, who rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries and scored on a 1-yard run. The Leopards also scored on a 7-yard run by Anthony Levis.
Franklin Regional had 248 yards in total offense, while holding Belle Vernon to 174. The Leopards turned the ball over four times.
Quad Law ran for one touchdown and threw for another to lead Ringgold (8-2) to a narrow victory against the visiting Golden Rams (7-3).
Law completed 3 of 5 passes for 152 yards, including a 69-yard scoring strike to Fred Johnson. Law scored the winning points on a 1-yard sneak in the third quarter.
Highlands scored on a 19-yard run by Gage Clark and a 29-yard field goal by Mike Masarik.
First Published November 5, 2011 12:32 am