Football: Steel Valley gets big scoring contributions from its defense

Written by Brad Everett on .

Paris Ford and Todd Hill had big-time performances in Steel Valley's blowout of Vincentian last week, as both returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

It's a feat rarely accomplished by a player in a game, but what makes their achievement even more unique is that that all of the pick-6s came in not only one game, but in one quarter.

Ford and Hill put on a show in the first quarter of Steel Valley's 55-8 win. Ford returned interceptions 30 and 47 yards for touchdowns and Hill followed with interception returns of 26 and 49 yards. DeWayne Murray's two rushing touchdowns were the bookends of the defensive scores, and the Ironment jumped to a 42-0 lead after just 12 minutes.

Ford, a highly-regarded senior and Pitt commit, has returned three interceptions for touchdowns this season and has done it five times over the past two seasons. He had two pick-6s last season while playing for Seton-LaSalle.


Alumni Update - Delrece Williams (Clarion)

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CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion football team suffered a defeat on Homecoming Saturday, falling by a score of 62-14 toWilliams Clarion Edinboro at Memorial Stadium.  


The Golden Eagles (2-2, 1-1 PSAC) will be back in action next week when they travel to Greensburg to take on Seton Hill at Offutt Field.


Delrece Williams, a Steel Valley graduate, rushed for 125 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns, an average of 5.2 yards per carry and enough to give him five rushing scores on the season.


(photo courtesy of Clarion University)


Football: Steel Valley’s Murray becomes 5,000-yard member

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The WPIAL 5,000-yard club had been rather elite over the years. But membership has grown significantly this season.

Steel Valley senior DeWayne Murray got his membership card Friday night. Murray ran for 150 yards on just seven carries, as top-ranked Steel Valley routed South Allegheny, 65-8, in a WPIAL Class 2A Three Rivers Conference contest.

Murray's effort gave him 5,014 yards for his career. He becomes only the 19th runner in WPIAL history to run for 5,000 yards, but he is the third to reach the milestone this season. Clairton's Lamont Wade and Armstrong's Zane Dudek joined the club in previous weeks.

This is the first time in WPIAL history that three runners have gone over 5,000 yards in the same season. Only twice before have two runners reached the milestone in the same season. McGuffey's Jason Barr and West Greene's Rodney Wilson did it in 1993, while Hopewell's Rushel Shell and Montour's Julian Durden did it in 2011. Murray has been a starter for Steel Valley since his freshman year, when he ran for 1,488 yards.


Football: Steel Valley's Ford, Murray a couple dynamic Ironmen

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Keith Barnes profiles Steel Valley standouts Paris Ford and DeWayne Murray.

2016 0819 SteelValley Football(Photo: Paris Ford, left, and DeWayne Murray are two high-major college recruits who should combine to give Steel Valley a potent, two-dimensional offense. Gracey Evans/Post-Gazette)

"There were many things Steel Valley coach Rod Steele could have hoped for before this season began.

His team could have gotten a lot faster, improved its playmaking ability, developed a downfield passing game and become a scoring threat every time it touched the ball.

Then Paris Ford showed up on his doorstep and turned Steel Valley from 2A contender to a favorite to win the school's first WPIAL championship since capturing back-to-back crowns in 1988-89.

"What I've found in my years in the public school system is that you're going to have kids come and go all the time," Steele said. "You're going to get some and you've got some you're going to lose, but to get a kid like him, it's special and it's a blessing to have him be a part of our program.""


Football: Blue Chip Chat - Steel Valley's Paris Ford

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In today's Blue Chip Chat, Brian Batko profiles Steel Valley's Paris Ford.

"Paris Ford, Steel Valley

Year: Senior, Height: 6-2, Weight: 190, Pos: WR-S


A starter on Central Catholic's basketball team as a freshman, then a two-year starter in football at Seton-LaSalle, Ford transferred to Steel Valley in January, living with his father. He has moved around a lot, but is rated the No. 55 recruit in his class by Rivals, No. 4 among safeties. He was one of the WPIAL's leading receivers last year with 47 catches for 818 yards and also scored 23 touchdowns.


Ford has been committed to Pitt since October, choosing the hometown team over Auburn, UCLA, Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State. He's expected to play safety in college."