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Aliquippa 44, Ambridge 13 (8/31/13)

September 1, 2013

ALIQUIPPA, PA — Aliquippa proved on Saturday night why it’s considered by many to be one of the best teams in the state.

The Aliquippa Quips took an early 18-0 lead on their way to a 44-13 rout of the Ambridge Bridgers in front of over 7,000 fans at Carl A. Aschman Stadium. The game was part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

The Quips went 15-1 last season with their only loss coming in the state title game. They are seeking their first title since 2003 — and if they play like they did on Saturday night, winning that title is a strong possibility.

Aliquippa scored the first 18 points of the game and never looked back. Senior back Dravon Henry — who is getting offers from Ohio State, Penn State and West Virginia among others — started the scoring with an 85-yard punt return for a TD. He also had a 59-yard TD run and a 9-yard TD run — both in the second half — and was named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player.

Sophomore Kaezon Pugh added two TD runs, including a 37-yarder, for the Quips.

Junior quarterback Stephan McGinnis accounted for both of the Bridgers’ scores.

The Quips, who easily won last season’s meeting 36-0, have a 50-35-4 lead in the all-time series featuring two schools from opposite sides of the Ohio River in one of Western Pennsylvania’s most historic rivalries.

Aliquippa (1-0) is at South Park on Friday night, while Ambridge (0-1) hosts West Allegheny the same night.

 

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Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.