Beaver Falls advances with fumble return against Steel Valley |

Beaver Falls advances with fumble return against Steel Valley

Beaver Falls didn’t take the easy rout to its first round victory over Steel Valley.

With under five minutes remaining in regulation, Dominique Whaley returned a fumble 33 yards for the game-winning touchdown as Beaver Falls (9-1) defeated Steel Valley, 19-18, in a Class AA first-round playoff game at Geneva College’s Reeves Field.

“You’ve got to find a way to win,” said Beaver Falls Coach Ryan Matsook. “Our kids stepped up to the plate tonight.

“They won’t die. They’ve got senior leadership, and that’s the key that keeps pulling us through. Nobody’s getting down in those moments. We’re going to win the game,’ and that’s what they do.”

Steel Valley (7-3) failed to convert any of Delrece Williams touchdowns. It missed an extra point and two pass conversions. Williams finished with 236 yards rushing and scored on runs of 59, 21 and 53 yards for Steel; Valley.

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