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Wilmington’s Vaunted Rushing Attack Set To Challenge Beaver Falls In Class 2A Semifinals


Wilmington is in a familiar spot. 

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The Greyhounds will be making their fifth consecutive appearance when they meet Beaver Falls in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals on Friday (Geneva College, 7 p.m.). 

The Tigers (10-0) rolled out to a 36-0 lead on Sto-Rox in the WPIAL title game last week before winning 43-30. 


The Greyhounds (9-0), meanwhile, racked up 647 yards rushing in a 56-29 win over Chestnut Ridge, courtesy of Ethan Susen and Darren Miller. 

Beaver Falls won the Class 3A state title in 2016. 

Here’s how the teams match up as they look to punch their tickets to Hershey. 

Wilmington Offense (41.6 ppg.)

The Greyhounds are going to run right at you, as evidenced by their game last week against Chestnut Ridge. 


In that contest, Susen carried for 326 yards and six touchdowns and Miller had 256 on the ground. 

Of course, it all starts up front for coach Brandon Phillian’s group, and that unit dominated. 

On the season, Susen has 1,216 yards, while Miller has 922. 

Quarterback Caelen Bender has thrown for seven touchdowns this season, four of which have been caught by Susen and the other three courtesy of Mason Reed. 

Beaver Falls Offense (45.3 ppg)

The Tigers have a dynamic offense, led by a pair of 1,000 yard rushers in Josh Hough (1,920 yards) and Shileak Livingston (1,001 yards). Hough, who checks in at 230 pounds, is a Syracuse commit. 

Quarterback Jaren Brickner has thrown for 939 yards this season. His top target is Trey Singleton (396 yards, 36.0 yards per catch). 

Wilmington Defense (13.0 ppg.)

This is a defense that has been dominant for most of the season. However, the 29 points they gave up against Chesnut Ridge was a season-high.  

Beaver Falls Defense (19.5 ppg.)


A solid group, but one that can be scored on. They have allowed double-digit points in every game this season. 

Winner Gets: Southern Columbia-Bishop McDevitt Winner in state title game (Saturday, 11 a.m., Hersheypark Stadium)

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