Camp Hill running back makes D3 history
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Camp Hill’s Bill Williams joined such an exclusive club in Week 9 that he’s currently the only member in it.
The senior running back torched division rival East Pennsboro for 346 yards and five touchdowns in an upset victory, in the process eclipsing 1,000 yards for the season. Williams is now the first District 3 running back in history to rush for 1,000 yards in all four varsity seasons, something even Bishop McDevitt star and current Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy didn’t do. The 5-foot-6 Williams, who has gotten some interest from NCAA Division I programs like Temple, but for preferred walk-on spots, came to the United States as a refugee from Nigeria as a child and has since become a beloved member of the Camp Hill community.
“(This game) was just very emotional to me when I heard the coaches come up and say you just broke 1,000 again,” he said. “That was very special to me because to be able to do that is not that easy.”
The annual Little Brown Jug game between Shippensburg and rival Big Spring will close out the regular season this year and could have playoff implications for the first time in awhile.
It’s a long shot but Big Spring (No. 11 in Class 4A, eight teams make playoffs) must win to make the postseason for the first time since 2010 after dropping to 6-3 last week with the loss to Mifflin County. The Greyhounds (8-1, No. 3 in Class 4A) are fighting to hold onto a first-round home game. The Bulldogs last beat Shippensburg in 2010, winning that mid-season game20-19.
Loyalsock snapped a three- game losing streak against rival Montoursville, beating the Warriors 27-14 in the annual “Battle of the Bridge Game.”
Loyalsock (8-2) won for the eighth time in nine games this season but could not overtake Montoursville (8-2) for the top seed in the District 4 Class 2A playoffs.
Montoursville quarterback Brycen Mussina broke the area record for career passing yards and now has 6,475 yards and 65 touchdowns.
Mussina broke the previous record owned by Loyalsock’s Pat Carey (2003-06), who threw for 6,398 yards. Mussina needs three touchdown passes to tie Mike Pietropola’s District 4 record for career touchdowns and 297 yards to break Blake Rankin’s district career yardage record.
Wellsboro (10-0) finished undefeated in the regular season for the second time in four seasons and captured the NTL championship, blanking rival North Penn-Mans- field, 32-0. The game lasted a night and a day after the lights went out at Mansfield University (Wellsboro’s defacto home field) at halftime with Wellsboro up, 20-0 in a winner-take-all game for the league title.
The lights would not go back on so the game was finished Saturday afternoon at North Penn-Mansfield.
As expected formost of the season, the move to six classifications and the WPIAL’s decision to limit the Class 3A playoff field to eight teams left some deserving teams out of the district playoff field.
Beaver, ranked No. 1 in the state entering Week 9, fell short of a WPIAL playoff berth after losing to rival Beaver Falls on Friday night. Beaver finished 7-2 but lost a tiebreaker with Central Valley for a wild-card berth into the eight-team bracket.
When the WPIAL football playoffs begin tonight, one of the nation’s top players will be out with an injury.
Clairton senior Lamont Wade, regarded as the nation’s top cornerback prospect by Rivals.com, had surgery Monday to repair the meniscus on his right knee.
The injury is believed to be similar to the one suffered by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had surgery two weeks ago and returned to practice Monday.
Clairton (9-0) earned the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class A playoffs and will play host to Avella (2-8) in the first round tonight.
The WPIAL championships for the highest four classes will be played Nov. 18 at Heinz Field. The Class 2A and A title games will be Nov. 26 at Robert Morris University’s Joe Walton Stadium.