Sharpsville displays their dominance in semifinal win

GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Deja vu? Sharpsville defeated West Middlesex for the fifth time in as many years in the district tournament. Tonight, the Blue Devils got by the Big Reds 46-7 to advance to the district title game against the Farrell Steelers (11-1) next weekend. The two schools have met once in the past (2009: Farrell 34-7) in the District Final.

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Last 5 Playoff Meetings between Sharpsville/West Middlesex
2015: Sharpsville 46 West Middlesex 7 (District Semifinals)
2014: Sharpsville 29 West Middlesex 14 (District Championship)
2013: Sharpsville 40 West Middlesex 3 (District Semifinals)
2012: Sharpsville 28 West Middlesex 0 (District Championship)
2011: Sharpsville 21 West Middlesex 13 (District Championship)

Following a Big Red drive which was stalled on downs, Sharpsville went 70 yards on 7 plays in just about three and a half minutes as Khaliq Ragster dashed 5-yards to pay dirt to open the scoring. After a three-and-out by West Middlesex, the Blue Devils struck quick as Luke Henwood found Marquis Altman on a 55-yard touchdown strike on the first play of their third possession.

Back came Sharpsville, Tyrin Peavy picked off Nick Cannone. Four plays later, Altman scampered 22-yards to extend the Devil lead to 20-0 with 11:05 remaining in the second quarter.

Just before the intermission, Ragster posted a 4-yard touchdown run (his second on the day) to take a 26-0 advantage into the half.

In the first half, Sharpsville gained nearly 250 yards while the Blue Devil defense held West Middlesex to under 15 yards rushing and 3 first downs.

To begin the third quarter, Peavy intercepted another pass and returned it back to the Big Red 3-yard line. On the next play, Peavy ran in a three yard run to make the score 32-0 just a minute and eleven seconds into the second half.

Just when the Middlesex offense had something going (inside of Sharpsville territory), Altman picked off a pass and returned it 65-yards to give the Devils a 39-0 lead. The next time the Big Reds had the ball, they fumbled it away to be recovered by Sharpsville. Three plays later, the Blue Devils reached the end zone again on a Ragster 11-yard run.

Finally, the Big Reds scored on a Jason Ash run to cap a 6-play, 45-yard drive with 4:39 left in the game.

The Big Reds fall to 8-4 and saw their two-game win streak end tonight. In their four losses, West Middlesex was outscored 167-32.

Scoring Chart
Sharpsville 46 West Middlesex 7
First Quarter
S – Khaliq Ragster, 5-yard TD run (Connor Williams kick), S 7-0
S – Marquis Altman, 55-yard TD catch from Luke Henwood (Williams kick), S 14-0
Second Quarter
S – Marquis Altman, 22-yard TD run (kick blocked), S 20-0
S – Khaliq Ragster, 4-yard TD run (run failed), S 26-0
Third Quarter
S – Tyrin Peavy, 3-yard TD run (kick failed), S 32-0
S – Marquis Altman, 65-yard Interception return (Williams kick), S 39-0
S – Khaliq Ragster, 11-yard TD run (Williams kick), S 46-0
Fourth Quarter
W – Jason Ash, 2-yard TD run (Chase Staunch kick), S 46-7

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