High school football roundup: Donald Barksdale runs for 250 yards as Steel Valley edges Western Beaver

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Friday, November 10, 2023 | 11:34 PM


Donald Barksdale scored the deciding touchdown and picked off a pass to seal a victory Friday night as top-seeded Steel Valley defeated No. 9 Western Beaver, 21-18, in a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal game Friday night at Steel Valley’s Campbell Field.

Barksdale scored his second touchdown of the game on a 43-yard run in the third quarter to put the Ironmen ahead for good. He also scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter and finished with 250 yards on 41 carries. He intercepted Western Beaver’s last ditch pass attempt with a minute to go to clinch the win.

Carlos Scott also scored for Steel Valley after catching a 67-yard touchdown pass from Tyce Barron.

Steel Valley (9-1) will play No. 5 Mohawk in the semifinals next week at a time and site to be determined.

Jaivin Peel completed 12 of 28 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns, and Dorian McGhee caught eight passes for 218 yards and two scores for Western Beaver (7-5).

Washington 18, McGuffey 7 — Jahvon Woods ran for a pair of touchdowns, and Tristan Reed threw for 107 yards and a score as No. 3 Washington (11-1) won a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal over No. 6 McGuffey (8-4). Elijah Thomas also caught a 20-yard touchdown pass to get the scoring started for the Little Prexies, who will play No. 10 Beaver Falls in the semifinals next Friday.

Charles Wagers scored on a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter for McGuffey, which fell behind 18-0.

Washington also beat the Century Conference rival Highlanders, 13-7, in the final week of the regular season.

Class A

Fort Cherry 42, Rochester 0 — In the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals, Matt Sieg ran for 213 yards and three touchdowns and also threw a 60-yard TD pass to Evan Rogers to lead No. 2 Fort Cherry (12-0) to a shutout victory over No. 10 Rochester (6-5) at West Allegheny. Sieg scored on touchdown runs of 1, 26 and 57 yards.

Nick Massey kicked two field goals, and Ryan Huey also ran for a score for the Rangers, who advanced to play No. 3 Bishop Canevin in the semifinals next week.

PIAA subregional

Westinghouse 37, Berlin Brothersvalley 20 — Khalil Green ran for two touchdowns and threw a pair of TD passes to lift City League champion Westinghouse (10-0) to a victory over District 5’s Berlin Brothersvalley (10-2) in a PIAA Class 2A subregional game. It was third straight season the Bulldogs claimed the District 5/8 championship.

Greene opened the scoring on a 65-yard TD run. He added a 1-yard run and also threw a 13-yard TD pass to Lloyd Penn and a 14-yard strike to Tyrese Davis.

TyJuane Abram also had two touchdown runs for the Bulldogs, who will play the District 9 champion Central Clarion in the first round of the PIAA playoffs next weekend.

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