Another of the nation’s longest active winning streaks has come to an end.
Aliquippa (Pa.) used a trick play in the final two minutes to beat South Fayette (McDonald) 44-38 in the WPIAL title game to snap South Fayette’s 44-game run of success.
As described by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aliquippa quarterback Sheldon Jeter threw a lateral to receiver Jassir Jordan, who then threw to Thomas Perry for a 47-yard touchdown with 1:11 remaining. That snapped a 38-38 deadlock.
Aliquippa (13-0) added to its record haul of WPIAL titles with No. 16 and advances to play District 9 champion Karns City in the PIAA quarterfinals next week.
Kaezon Pugh ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns for Aliquippa.
South Fayette, which beat Aliquippa in the last two WPIAL title games, figures to be back soon with sophomore quarterback Drew Saxton at the control. He threw for a title game record 435 yards and four touchdowns. Former South Fayette QB Brett Brumbaugh had the previous mark.
The run game, however, hurt South Fayette as it was outrun by a total of 351 to minus-25.