2022 WPIAL 2A Football Championship Breakdown: Steel Valley vs. Beaver Falls

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Thursday, November 24, 2022 | 9:43 p.m


WPIAL Class 2A Football Championship

#1 Steel Valley vs. #2 Beaver Falls

Friday, 2 p.m., Acrisure Stadium

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Radio: KDKA (1020 PM, 100.1 FM), WBVP (1230 PM, 99.3 FM)

winner plays: City League champion Westinghouse (13-0) or District 10 champion Farrell (10-1) in a PIAA semifinal on December 2nd or 3rd.

WPIAL Title: Steel Valley 5 (1982, ’88, ’89, 2016, ’18), Beaver Falls 5 (1928, ’60, ’84, 2016, ’20)

Steel Valley (11-0)

Player to watch: Cruce Brookins

The Kent State recruit is one of the WPIAL’s top two-way players. On offense, the double-threat quarterback averages 216 yards per game, including rushing 145 yards per week. Brookins has at least one touchdown in every game and has a season-high six TDs in a quarterfinal win over McGuffey. Defensively, he leads the team in interceptions with six.

Statistical Guide

Pass: Cruce Brookins 35-69, 711 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT

Rush: Cruce Brookins, 107-1,454 yards, 30 TDs

Reception: Mekhai Valentine 10-355 meters, 6 TDs

How they got here: After a first-round bye, No. 1 Steel Valley defeated No. 8 McGuffey 46-13 in the quarterfinals and No. 4 Neshannock 32-17 in the semifinals.

Estimated starting lineup

Coaches: Ray Braszo

offense

OT, 76, Jaison Houser, 6-3, 290, sr.

G, 70, Greg Smith, 6-5, 315, sr.

C, 57, Brendan Snyder, 6-0, 200, Sr.

G, 52, Terrin Beatty, 6-0, 230, Sr.

OT, 55, Michael Crist, 6-3, 285, jr.

HB, 30, Angel Herrera, 6-0, 200, sr.

WR, 19, Makhai Valentine, 6-3, 190, sr.

WR, 2, Da’ron Barksdale, 5-9, 170, fr.

WR, 1, Delmario Shields, 6-1, 170, so.

RB, 3, Donald Barksdale, 5-8, 160, so.

QB, 7, Cruce Brookins, 6-2, 180, sr.

defense

DT, 76, Jaison Houser, 6-3, 290, sr.

DT, 70, Greg Smith, 6-5, 315, sr.

DE, 57, Brendan Snyder, 6-0, 200, Sr.

DE, 19, Makhai Valentine, 6-3, 190, sr.

OLB, 3, Donald Barksdale, 5-8, 160, so.

ILB, 30, Angel Herrera, 6-0, 200, sr.

ILB, 6, JeSean Wright, 5-8, 180, sr.

OLB, 4, Carlos Scott, 6-0, 190, jr.

CB, 1, Delmario Shields, 6-1, 170, so.

CB, 2, Da’ron Barksdale, 5-9, 170, fr.

S, 7, Cruce Brookins, 6-2, 180, sr.

Special teams

K, 15, AJ Karstetter, 5-10, 140, so.

P, 7, Cruce Brookins, 6-2, 180, sr.

Remarkable: Steel Valley’s Ray Braszo is aiming for his first WPIAL title in his 34th yearth season as head coach. He’s 27-11 in four seasons with the Ironmen. He spent his first 30 years at West Mifflin and has more than 200 career wins to his credit. … Statistically, the Ironmen have the best offense and defense in the WPIAL. At 44.9 ppg, offense is the best goals in the league. The defense allows for 7.4 ppg, which also ranks best in the league. … They held 8 of 9 regular-season opponents by a touchdown or less. … Eight Steel Valley defenders have at least one interception, led by Cruce Brookins with five and Jesean Wright with two. … Brookins has 31 total touchdowns and RB Donald Barksdale has 15. … OL/DL Greg Smith is a commit from Miami, Ohio. … The Ironmen reached the semi-finals of last season’s WPIAL 2A as No. 1 but saw their title hopes dashed when then-senior Nijhay Burt, then the WPIAL’s leading rusher, was injured. … WR/DE Makhai Valentine was a 29-point scorer for a Steel Valley basketball team that made the WPIAL quarterfinals last winter.

Beaver Falls (11-1)

Player to watch: Trey Singleton

The multi-talented senior has scored seven touchdowns over the past two weeks, and he’s scored them in four different ways. Singleton had four rushing touchdowns, a 79-yard TD reception, a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown, and a 75-yard punt return TD. He has over 1,000 yards receiving and 19 total touchdowns.

Statistical Guide

Pass: Jaren Brickner 72-141, 1,783 yards, 15 TDs, 8 INTs

Rush: Jaren Brickner 96-656 yards, 14 TDs

Reception: Trey Singleton 32-1,035 yards, 10 TDs

How they got here: After a first-round bye, No. 2 Beaver Falls defeated No. 7 Ligonier Valley 52-0 in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Sto-Rox 54-16 in the semifinals.

Estimated starting lineup

Coaches: Nick Nardone

offense

OT, 70, Damian Lee, 6-0, 290, jr.

G, 60, Damiano Sims, 5-8, 175, jr.

C, 71, Connor Paolucci, 6-0, 300, sr.

G, 75, Thomas Tutwiler, 6-0, 230, sen.

OT, 63, Sy’Mauri McCoy, 6-3, 265, jr.

TE, 22, Isaiah Aeschbacher, 6-3, 205, sr.

WR, 2, Trey Singleton, 5-11, 170, sr.

WR, 25, Da’Sean Anderson, 5-10, 170, jr.

WR, 6, Mike Blackshear, 5-9, 150, jr.

(or) TE/RB, 3, Da’talian Beauford, 5-11, 175, jr.

RB, 28, Brixx Rawl, 5-8, 180, jr.

QB, 11, Jaren Brickner, 6-2, 180, sr.

defense

DE, 22, Isaiah Aeschbacher, 6-3, 205, sen.

DE, 60, Damiano Sims, 5-8, 175, jr.

DT, 70, Damian Lee, 6-0, 290, jr.

DT, 63, Sy’Mauri McCoy, 6-3, 265, jr.

LB, 28, Brixx Rawl, 5-8, 180, jr.

LB, 6, Mike Blackshear, 5-9, 150, jr.

LB, 3, Da’talian Beauford, 5-11, 175, jr.

DB, 21, Za’Saun McElvy, 5-8, 155, so.

DB, 2, Trey Singleton, 5-11, 170, sr.

DB, 25, Da’Sean Anderson, 5-10, 170, jr.

DB, 11, Jaren Brickner, 6-2, 180, sr.

Remarkable:

Beaver Falls has reached the WPIAL Finals for the third straight year and fourth time in seven seasons. The Tigers lost last year’s Class 2A Finals to Serra Catholic 35-12. In 2020 they defeated Sto-Rox 43:30. … Nick Nardone is 39-20 in six seasons as coach. He was previously the team’s defensive coordinator, including when Beaver Falls won WPIAL and state titles in 2016. … The Tigers average 39 ppg on offense and allow 8.2 on defense. … Their only loss this season was in Week 1 against Beaver, 19-16. Since then they have won 10 in a row. … Together, they have surpassed their last three opponents 148-24. … QB Jaren Brickner is a four-year-old varsity player with more than 5,000 passing yards. He surpassed 2,500 yards as a junior and 1,000 as a sophomore. … Trey Singleton leads with a team-high 19 total touchdowns and Brickner with 14.

Chris Harlan is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact Chris via email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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