Aliquippa’s senior quarterback Mikal Hall entered the championship game against Jeanette with 3,878 career passing yards, and the 159-yard effort gives him 4,037 career passing yards. He is the first Aliquippa quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a career. Hall led the Quips (13-0) to a 14-7 victory over Jeannette (12-1) in the WPIAL Class AA title game.
|FIELD GENERAL—Aliquippa quarterback Mikal Hall scrambles against Jeannette. Hall was 12-19 passing and threw for two touchdowns in the Quips 14-7 win over the Jayhawks in the WPIAL Class AA Championship game.
Late in the 4th quarter the Jayhawks led 7-6 and were facing a fourth down and goal at the Aliquippa 4-yard line. Star quarterback and team captain Demetrious Cox is a Black Belt in karate, but he and coach Roy Hall decided not to kick a field goal and to go for a touchdown. The Quips stopped them cold.
Its backs against the wall, Aliquippa had to drive the length of the field against an unrelenting Jeannette defensive unit which had made moving the ball miserable for the red and black.
But when Aliquippa needed senior field general Hall to step up and make a plays, No. 15 did exactly that.
Hall connected with Devon Walker for a game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds left in the game to propel Aliquippa to its record 14th WPIAL football championship.
“Our kicker got sick and he was out most of the 4th quarter and he missed a kick earlier,” said coach Hall. “Our seniors wanted to go for the touchdown. Plus, we didn’t believe anybody could go 96-yards on us. Aliquippa ain’t going to back down from nobody just like us. It’s a shame somebody had to lose.”