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Football Advances to WPIAL Semifinals

On Friday, Nov. 11, No. 6 Shady Side Academy upset No. 3 Elizabeth Forward, 31-17, in the quarterfinals of the 2022 WPIAL Class 3A Football Championship, propelling the Bulldogs into the WPIAL semifinals for the first time since 2008.

A strong defense powered the Bulldogs to the win in the pouring rain. An 80-yard kickoff return by Naiziim Daniels and an 11-yard shovel pass from Eddie DeBruce to Joey Bellinotti gave the Bulldogs a 14-10 lead heading into halftime. In the second half, Patrick Bryan recovered an SSA fumble and ran it 3 yards for a touchdown, Harran Zureikat kicked a 28-year field goal, and Darren Haynes added a 20-yard TD run.

Shady Side (7-4) advances to take on No. 2 Avonworth in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., just down the road at Fox Chapel Area High School. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults at https://gofan.co/WPIAL. All tickets at the gate are $7.

Good luck to Head Coach Chuck DiNardo '00 and the team. Come out and support your Bulldogs!

Download the WPIAL 3A Football Championships Bracket

Read the Trib Live High School Sports Network Article

photo by Jenn Codeluppi, Mon Valley Independent, via TribLive High School Sports Network

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