Live updates: Bishop Canevin wins WPIAL Class A championship

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OLSH's Brandon Brazell watches teammate BJ Vaughn Jr tackle Bishop Canevin's Jason Cross during the WPIAl 1A championship Friday at Heinz Field.[Lucy Schaly/For BCT]
OLSH's Brandon Brazell watches teammate BJ Vaughn Jr tackle Bishop Canevin's Jason Cross during the WPIAl 1A championship Friday at Heinz Field.[Lucy Schaly/For BCT]

Canevin claims WPIAL Class 1A title

This one is over. Bishop Canevin claims the WPIAL Class 1A championship over OLSH by a final of 42-7. The Crusaders move on to the PIAA Class 1A state playoffs. OLSH ends the season with a record of 9-4 under head coach Dan Bradley.

Canevin's Collins puts together highlight reel run

Holding a 35-7 lead, Bishop Canevin running back Jaiden Collins added one more score and made the highlight reel, breaking four OLSH tackles on his way to a 52-yard touchdown, putting the Crusaders up 42-7, enforcing the mercy rule here at Heinz Field. Eight minutes left.

Bishop Canevin 12 minutes from glory

The third quarter comes to a frustrating end for OLSH as the Chargers turn the ball over on downs, handing possession back to Bishop Canevin. Crusaders have the ball to start the fourth quarter at the 35 yard line holding a 35-7 lead.

Canevin extends lead late in third quarter

Already holding a 28-7 lead, Bishop Canevin added on after Marquis Carter's interception as freshman quarterback Cole Olzewski finds Willie Banks-Hicks in the back of the end zone from four yards out, stretching the Crusaders' lead to 35-7, 4:46 left in the third quarter.

Bishop Canevin picks off OLSH

After a promising start to the first drive of the second half thanks to a 15-yard run by Stephen Greer, the OLSH drive ends quickly as Bishop Canevin's Marquis Carter picks off a batted pass from Nehemiah Azeem, giving the Crusaders great field position deep in OLSH territory.

Second half is underway

Bishop Canevin quarterback Cole Olzewski just missed a receiver downfield from near midfield before the Crusaders punted the football away. OLSH football from their own 22, down 28-7.

HALFTIME: Bishop Canevin 28, OLSH 7

Bishop Canevin scored 28 points in the second quarter, erasing an early 7-0 deficit to take a 28-7 lead at the half. OLSH has struggled to adjust to Bishop Canevin's blitz-heavy defense, while the Crusaders were able to get anything they wanted offensively in the second quarter, led by Xavier Nelson's two long touchdown catches.


Three touches, three scores for Nelson

Following a short OLSH punt that gave the Crusaders possession inside the 30 yard line, Bishop Canevin receiver Xavier Nelson scored his third touchdown of the game, taking a short pass from Cole Olzewski 36 yards into the end zone on second down, breaking two OLSH tackles in the process, pushing the Crusader lead to 28-7 with 1:37 left in the first half.

Nelson for six again! Canevin extends lead

One play after going 67 yards on a swing pass, Bishop Canevin's Xavier Nelson picks off OLSH's Nehemiah Azeem and returns it 35 yards for a touchdown, pushing Bishop Canevin's lead to 21-7. The Crusaders then force a three-and-out of OLSH and take over possession at the 45 yard line with 4:30 left in the first half.

To the house! Canevin scores from 67 yards out

A simple checkdown pass from Bishop Canevin quarterback Jason Cross finds Xavier Nelson, who takes it the rest of the way to the end zone from 77 yards out, giving the Crusaders a 14-7 lead with 6:16 left in the first half. Great blocking on the perimeter by Nelson's fellow receivers, springing him down the right sideline for the long score.

Canevin capitalizes on bad punt

A high snap over the head of OLSH punter Billy Fryer results in a 6-yard punt from the back of the end zone, Bishop Canevin's Keyshawn Harris runs in the first play of the Crusaders' drive from 6 yards out, knotting the game at 7-7, 7:54 left in the first half.

Long Canevin drive comes up short

Trailing 7-0, the Crusaders embarked on a long, lengthy drive against the OLSH defense. However, quarterback Jason Cross's scramble on fourth and long comes up two yards short, turning the ball over to OLSH. Chargers hold a 7-0 lead, 9 minutes left in the second quarter.

Touchdown, OLSH

The Chargers get on the board first on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Nehemiah Azeem to Stephen Greer on fourth and goal. Extra point from Billy Fryer is good. OLSH takes a 7-0 lead with 4:10 left in the first quarter. Azeem also connected with Ziggy McIntosh for 24 yards and Dereon Greer for 18 yards on the drive as the Chargers offense moved the football through the air on the drive.

OLSH fumbles on opening drive

Driving into Bishop Canevin territory, OLSH running back BJ Vaughn fumbled the football at the Bishop Canevin 30 yard line. Crusaders freshman Donovan Mitchell recovered the OLSH fumble. First and 10 at the Bishop Canevin 30.


OLSH will receive the opening kickoff to start the WPIAL Class 1A championship game against Bishop Canevin. Sizeable crowd has shown up for both schools. OLSH will open the game at their own 45 yard line.

Pregame notes

Let's play some football at Heinz Field! This weekend we will see five WPIAL championship contests on the North Shore, with the Class A final starting things off. No. 9 OLSH will face off against No. 3 Bishop Canevin in a battle between two programs looking for just their second WPIAL title.

The Crusaders, led by Rich Johnson have been arguably the most consistent team in Class A this fall, entering Friday afternoon with just one loss on the year. Meanwhile, after suffering a mid-season slump, the Chargers, under head coach Dan Bradley, have hit their stride at the right time, winning four-straight to reach the big dance.

Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Be sure to follow along for today's action. You can get live stats here.

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This article originally appeared on Beaver County Times: Live updates: Bishop Canevin wins WPIAL Class A championship

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