(Pittsburgh, Pa.) It was a beautiful late fall day in Pittsburgh and it presented the perfect backdrop as the Steel Valley Ironmen battled the Beaver Falls Tigers for the WPIAL 2A Crown from Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh.
The game kicked-off at 2:00 PM and Steel Valley scored right off the bat and took an early 6-0 lead courtesy of Cruce Brookins 56 yd run. The two point conversion attempted was no good. Beaver Falls then struck right back off of a Trey Singleton 24 yd pass from Jaren Brickner. Da’Sean Anderson then caught a pass from Brickner for the two point conversion and the Tigers led 8-6. That was the last time Beaver Falls led as the turnover bug bit the Tigers. Cruce Brookins. then scored on a 53 yard run for his second touchdown of the game. AJ Karstetter added the extra point and Steel Valley led 13-6 with 1:30 seconds left in the first quarter. The Tigers then received the kick-off and took over on offense. Brickner then threw a pick six before the end of the first quarter as Donald Barksdale picked off the pass and returned it 53 yards to make it 20-8.
The teams went to the locker room at half-time with the score remaining 20-8. The Tigers turned the ball over three times in the first half.
The Tigers got back on the scoreboard early in the third quarter after being aided by a pass interference penalty. Da’talian Beauford scampered in from three yards out and the Tigers cut the Ironmen’s lead down to 20-14. The Tigers wouldn’t get any closer as on the ensuing kickoff a 53-yard return by Da’Ron Barksdale gave the Ironmen a short field at the Beaver Falls 22. Two plays later, Brookins scored on a 5-yard run to make it 27-14. Late in the fourth quarter, Steel Valley’s Donald Barksdale capped the scoring by racing 56 yards for a touchdown and securing the victory for the Ironmen.