By Matt Popchock

(mpopchock@kdka.com)

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Rushel Shell’s pursuit of the WPIAL career rushing title finally came to an end at 8:28 P.M. Friday evening.

The Hopewell senior tailback and No. 11 recruit in the nation according to CBS Sports gained 205 yards on 32 carries to break a 12-year-old record previously held by Mike Vernillo of Fort Cherry. Shell has now amassed 7,718 career yards on the ground.

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Here’s what he had to say to the assembled media on the field immediately following Friday’s game:

Be sure to check back with the “Mr. High School Sports” blog at 937thefan.com later this weekend for more on Rushel Shell’s red-letter night.

(Special thanks to Hopewell head football coach Dave Vestal, statistician Tony Ciucci, athletic director Don Short, and the staff at Tony Dorsett Stadium for their assistance with our coverage.)

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