PIAA Class AAAA Championship Preview

Devin Street

Bethlehem Liberty has made it to this game twice in the past three seasons and the Hurricanes have not had much luck. The Eastern half of the state in general has not tasted much success in the Class AAA game as of late. Teams from Western Pennsylvania have won each of the last four contests.

b>Bethel Park Blackhawks (15-0) vs. Liberty Hurricanes (14-1)

Time: 7:00 p.m. at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.

Media: Televised on PCNTV

Fast Fact: Bethel Park did not get taken seriously as a contender for this game until they beat previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Gateway. Liberty has mad ea habit of playing in this contest.

Bethel Park

OFFENSE: Bethel Park likes to pound the ball inside with its big tailback Lyle Marsh (6-1/208). Talented sophomore Bre' Ford (5-10/170) gives the Blackhawks a change of pace. The offense centers around its talented senior quarterback Erik Olson (6-2/203). Look for Olson to try and get the ball into the hands of wide receiver John Schademan (5-11/185). Rock Vomer is the fullback and a big reason for the Blackhawks success this season.

DEFENSEThe Blackhawks will have eleven bodies flying to the ball at all times. The leader of the defense is also Lyle Marsh from his inside linebacker spot.

What To Expect: The Blackhawks just wear you down. They usually don't give up the big play, but they will get it against you. They pound the ball and then Olson will go up top to Schademan. If they control the ball and play defense like they did against Gateway it could be a rough night for Liberty.

Liberty

Offense: The Hurricanes offense all revolves around quarterback Anthony Gonzalez (6-3/195). He has completed 105 of 186 passes for 1,483 yards. The dual-threat quarterback has also gained 1,492 yards on 227 carries. Brand Brader (5-7/160) is the starting tailback for the Hurricanes. He has run for 1,328 yards on 211 carries. When the Hurricanes go to the air watch out for Pittsburgh recruit Devin Street (6-3/180) who has caught 44 balls for 779 yards. Junior Malik Smith is the wildcard.

Defense: The Hurricanes are very good on defense as well led by Gonzalez in the secondary along with Street. Keep an eye on senior linebacker Horvin Latimer. Latimer is a stocky player who will get after it. Levi Brown anchors the defensive front.

What To Expect: We cannot see the Hurricanes having a lot of success running the ball against Bethel Park, but we're sure they will try. Look for Tim Moncman to try and get the ball in the hands of Devin Street. If the Hurricanes can establish the pass it will open up the run game.

PREDICTION : Bethel Park 21 Liberty 14

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