The first two 3A championships squared off Friday night. The 2016 championship Beaver Falls Tigers were undefeated on the season scoring more than 43 points per a game. Their opponent, the 2017 champion, Quaker Valley Quakes was coming off a title rematch with rival Aliquippa. Aliquippa would get their revenge with a 59-6 victory over the Quakes last Friday. The 2016 champ outlasted the defending champ 25-14 at Reeves Field at Geneva College.
Beaver Falls was trying to move forward having lost their quarterback Noah Vaughn in the second week of the season. In steps Dayln Brickner under center and he immediately let his impact be known. A 49-yard touchdown run in the 1st quarter to give the Tigers the 6-0 lead after the missed extra point. Quaker Valley would manage to force two turnovers in the first half to keep the score close. The second turnover, which they recovered in their end zone after an Amen Cottrill fumble on the two-yard line. Quarterback Ethan Moore using his legs more than his arm drives the Quakes the length of the field before Moore hits Ryan Jackovic from 27 yards out to give them the 7-6 lead.
For Beaver Falls the third quarter was all Brickner and Cottrill. It started on the Tigers first possession of the second half. Brickner hit Cottrill on the run with a perfect pass for the 82-yard touchdown. Another missed PAT makes it 12-7. The Tigers second offensive possession they drive 45 yards, and Amen Cottrill runs it in from 5 yards out. 18-7 Beaver Falls. The Tigers were not done, with 9 seconds left Brickner finds Cottrill from mind field for the 5o yard touchdown. Brickner would finish with 190 passing yards and 94 rushing yards on the night. At the end of three quarters, Beaver Falls lead 25-7 over Quaker Valley. Amen Cottrill would finish with 233 total yards of offense along with three touchdowns.
Quaker Valley could never really get anything going through the air, and by the time they did, it was too late. QB Ethan Moore scrambling trying to make plays with his legs on most dropbacks. The defending champs did start to claw back in the 4th quarter scoring to make the score a little bit closer, but it was ultimately too much as Beaver Falls remains undefeated as undefeated rival Aliquippa comes to down in a huge matchup. Quaker Valley returns home looking to get back to .500 as the Quakes play Elizabeth Forward next Friday night.