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Gorman: McGinnis to boost Quips

| Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:33 p.m

Once Stephon McGinnis was ruled immediately eligible at Aliquippa on Monday by the WPIAL Board of Directors, the Quips became a favorite to reach the WPIAL Class AA final.

Oh wait. The Quips already were a favorite to be a finalist, given their No. 2 ranking.

Aliquippa is pretty much penciled in to play at Heinz Field every year, as it has been a WPIAL finalist six years running and nine times in the past 14.

The undefeated Quips were on a collision course for a title rematch with defending PIAA champion South Fayette regardless of whether McGinnis was eligible.

The difference is Aliquippa wasn’t the favorite to win. And winning is all that matters at Aliquippa, which is why only champions are recognized by having their year painted on the fieldhouse roof at The Pit.

The Quips have as many losses in their past six WPIAL finals appearances as they do wins. They lost to South Fayette last year, despite having Division-I recruits in the secondary in Dravon Henry and Terry Swanson.

Adding a 5-foot-8, 140-pounder might not seem like a big deal until you see McGinnis play. He’s a stick of dynamite who ranks 10th in the WPIAL in receiving (29 for 381 yards) despite sitting out the past two games.

The WPIAL found no athletic intent in McGinnis’ transfer as he moved with his mother across the Ohio River from Ambridge. Nor did it find any impropriety on the part of Aliquippa to recruit him.

But there’s no denying McGinnis should make the Quips even better, maybe enough to win a WPIAL championship.

If that happens, don’t be surprised to see more players try to transfer to neighboring schools that just happen to be WPIAL championship contenders.

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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