Longietti hosts champion Farrell Steelers for return visit to state Capitol

Celebrates back-to-back victories for Class 1A state high school football team

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – The trip to the state Capitol was a repeat performance for the Farrell Steelers, as state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, hosted the team to celebrate their 2019 Class 1A state football championship. The win gave the Steelers – who also clinched the top spot last year during the team’s 100th anniversary – back-to-back titles.

“It was truly an honor today to give these young men – who excel both on the field and in the classroom – a tour of the state Capitol and a look into how government works,” Longietti said. “They have led and inspired our community in so many ways; it’s wonderful to be able to return that favor and inspire them to future leadership roles.”

As Longietti presented the Steelers with a citation to mark their accomplishment, he recalled the nail-biting game that cemented the team’s title.

“The 10-7 win against Bishop Guilfoyle that sealed the Steelers’ championship was a thriller. With just six minutes remaining in regulation, senior Brian Hilton Jr. laid out in the end zone to catch quarterback Raymond Raver Jr.’s 4th-and-30 pass, tying the game at 7-all. In overtime, Hilton blocked Bishop Guilfoyle’s field goal attempt and then kicked a 22-yard field goal into a stiff wind to win the game.

“It was an incredible way to end a season that, ironically, started off 0 and 2. Under the direction of the Pennsylvania Writers Class 1A Coach of the Year, Anthony “Amp” Pegues, the Steelers went on to dominate, rattling off 14 straight victories.”

Longietti added that this year’s win marks the fourth state championship for the Steelers, and the second back-to-back championship for the team, which previously won state championships in 1995 and 1996 under the direction of famed coach Lou Falconi.

Falconi joined Pegues and the team in the House chamber to help celebrate the Steelers’ latest victory.