Brandon Banks plays with a chip on his shoulder and leads Aliquippa’s dominant defense


Bridgeville– When Aliquippa faced Chartiers Valley, he pinned CV star and Penn State hire Lamont Payne against Aliquippa’s junior cornerback Brandon Banks. Banks caught the attention of FBS, but not quite at the level of Penn State, and you can tell he entered the game with a chip on his shoulder, knowing he would spend most of the night on the marquee rookie.

“I was really thinking about it,” admitted Banks. “I saw how he signed up at Penn State, and I think I should have that offer too, so I had to show up.”

Banks did just that in Quips’ 61-7 win over Chartiers Valley, a game in which Payne struggled to do anything against Banks. Although he doesn’t know it, Banks also did it in front of Penn State head coach James Franklin. Maybe when Franklin was looking at Payne, Banks caught his eye.

To be fair, they didn’t clash on every snap, and the Quips dominated from snap one to the final whistle, so both stars sat out the second half. Still, when it was Banks versus Payne, you had to be impressed with how Banks performed.

Banks performed both off-coverage and in the press; man and area. He is physical when he presses, but you see it especially when he comes forward and makes tackles. When Banks had the chance to drop his shoulder and throw a hit into the wide receiver, he had no problem doing it.

Beyond that, he proves to be just as hungry as his fellow lineman when it comes to running play. The Quips won up front and forced runs on the outside, where Banks was on cleaning duty, with a few more form tackles.

“I want to be a cornerback that people talk about and kick,” Banks said of his physical presence on this side of football.

In just one half against Chartiers Valley, the defense had a fumble return for a touchdown, two more defensive turnovers, a blocked punt and a fourth down save. A total of 28 points came from turnover. To say the defense dominated this game would be an understatement.

“Defense is our identity,” Banks said of the value of defense in creating short pitches and quick turnovers for offense.

Yet while Banks is happy with his performance against a big prospect, and the fact that he played well with James Franklin in attendance only makes the win better, he also knows that the biggest test of the season looms next. next week, and that was one of the first things that came to mind after the game.

“We know we’ll be playing CV next week so we had to step up,” Banks said of the defensive performance. “There’s a lot of motivation, they beat us last year, so we have to play the whistle, and we have to beat them.”

The game will feature two conference undefeated teams, and the winner will get the top seed when the WPIAL playoffs begin in two weeks.


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