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Pennsylvania high school football roundup: Steelton-Highspire, Aliquippa, Pine-Richland among winners (10/06/2023)

Here are five games of note from around the state of Pennsylvania on Friday night

There were plenty of good matchups in high school football around the state of Pennsylvania on Friday night, highlighted by a pair of SBLive Pennsylvania Power 25 matchups, as No. 1 St. Joseph's Prep defeated No. 24 La Salle College and No. 5 Pittsburgh Central Catholic remained unbeaten with a victory over No. 25 Pine-Richland.

The highlight of the night in the Keystone state was Steelton-Highspire quarterback Alex Erby breaking the record for career passing yards in state history in a win over Camp Hill.

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Here are recaps of five games of note around Pennsylvania from Friday night:

No. 1 St. Joseph's Prep 42, No. 24 La Salle College 6

Quarterback Samaj Jones accounted for four touchdowns as St. Joseph's Prep jumped out to a 35-0 lead and cruised to a win.

Jones threw touchdown passes to Brandon Rehmann, Isaiah West and Ramier Hardy and also scored on a 10-yard run for the Hawks.

West scored twice, as he also ran for a 40-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. 

Taj Dyches finished the scoring with a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.

No. 25 Pine-Richland 26, No. 5 Pittsburgh Central Catholic 19 

Pine-Richland handed Pittsburgh Central Catholic its first loss of the season behind a running game that just never stopped.

Ethan Pillar ran for 297 yards and scored a pair of touchdown for the Rams, who bounce back from a 45-10 loss to North Allegheny last week.

Central Catholic came in averaging 50 points per game, but the Rams defense held the Vikings to just 13 points as the first touchdown of the game came on an interception return.

No. 6 Aliquippa 41, Blackhawk 6

The Aliquippa defense and special teams scored three times and quarterback Quinton Goode threw three touchdown passes as the Quips remained undefeated.

Arison Walker started the scoring with a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown and then on the ensuing Blackhawk possession, Jayace Williams scored on a 20-yard fumble return to make it 14-0.

Goode then hit Brandon Banks for a 40-yard touchdown pass and the defense scored again when Mekhi Greene returned a fumble recovery 51 yards for a touchdown.

Goode then hit Banks again for a 20-yard score and John Tracy for a 31- yard touchdown.

No. 7 Harrisburg 34, Central Dauphin East 27

Quarterback Shawn Lee, Jr did it with his legs for the Cougars in this one, rushing for 128 yards and four touchdowns.

After Central Dauphin East tied the game 27-27 with 2:25 to play, Lee, Jr. called his own number on four straight plays and gained a total of 50 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown run to give Harrisburg the win.

Lee Jr also did it on the defensive side of the ball, picking off a pair of passes.

Neamiah Ewell added 179 yards rushing on 16 carries and a touchdown for the Cougars.

Central Dauphin East running back Jared Porter had 28 carries for 227 yards and a score.

No. 17 Steelton-Highspire 55, Camp Hill 7

Steelton-Highspire senior quarterback Alex Erby became the state's leading passer of all-time, surpassing South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh. Erby needed 138 yards to overtake Brumbaugh and did so with a 13-yard pass in the second quarter.

Erby finished the game 19-of-25 passes for 341 yards and five touchdowns as the Rollers remained unbeaten on the season. 

Jaeion Perry, who caught the record-breaking pass, had five catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns and Rell Ceasar, Jr. had eight receptions for 115 yards and two scores. Kam Chisholm also scored a pair of touchdowns for the Rollers.

-- Ryan Isley | | @sblivepa

(Feature photo of Steelton-Highspire quarterback Alex Erby by Paul Burdick)