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Clairton advances to state finals; Aliquippa, Montour, North Allegheny fall short

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Tyler Boyd scored three times to lead Clairton to a 30-8 win over Sharpsville to win their 46th consecutive game and advance to the PIAA Single-A championship; Aliquippa, Montour and North Allegheny were stopped in the semifinals.

Single-A Semifinal:
Clairton 30 - Sharpsville 8

Tyler Boyd scored three touchdowns to lead Clairton over Sharpsville, 30-8, in the Pennsylvania Single-A semifinal at Slippery Rock University. The win was the 46th in a row for the Bears, tying the WPIAL record Braddock High set in the 1950s under legendary coach Chuck Klausing.

Boyd scored on runs of 1 and 4 yards and raced 70 yards on a swing pass late in the second quarter to snap an 8-8 tie and give the Bears momentum heading into halftime and the lead for good.

The Bears will face Southern Columbia for the state championship at 1 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium.

Double-A Semifinal:
Tyrone 20 - Aliquippa 19

Aliquippa's playoff run came to an end with a 20-19 loss to Tyrone in Altoona on Saturday afternoon. Aliquippa turned the ball over five times in the loss.

Aliquippa quarterback Mikal Hall was intercepted twice and the Quips fumbled a kick return and two punts to put their backs against the wall too often.

Dravon Henry had an interception and scored two touchdowns, including a 60-yard run in the fourth quarter to pull the Quips within a point. Aliquippa's other points came on Hall's 54-yard touchdown pass to Hassahn Thompson.

Triple-A Semifinal:
Bishop McDevitt 41 - Montour 32

Bishop McDevitt rallied from a 26-14 deficit with 27 unanswered points and held-off Montour 41-32 in the Triple-A state semifinals Friday at Altoona's Mansion Park Stadium.

Dillon Buechel threw for 329 yards, Darren Massey amassed a Triple-A record 201 receiving yards and Devin Wilson had 10 catches, but Bishop McDevitt's defense clamped down in the second half while the Crusaders offense caught fire themselves and held on for the win.

Quarterback Alec Werner was 17-of-25 passing for 218 yards and three touchdowns. Darnell Holland scored two rushing touchdowns for McDevitt, who faces Archbishop Wood for the Triple-A title next week.

Quad-A Semifinal:
Central Dauphin 23 - North Allegheny 20

Evan Brandes kicked a 20-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lift Central Dauphin over North Allegheny 23-20 in the state Quad-A semifinal at Mansion Park Stadium.

North Allegheny trailed 20-7 in the second-half before rallying to tie the game at 20, thanks to a four-yard run by NA quarterback Mack Leftwich and a 2-yard pass from Leftwich to James Kleinhampl.

The win ends NA's reign as state champions.

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