Camp Hill run­ning back makes D3 his­tory

Gameface - - KEYSTONE REPORT - Con­trib­u­tors: Bill Hartlep, Pittsburgh Tri­bune-Re­view; Chris Masse, Wil­liamsport Sun-Gazette; Jake Adams, Carlisle Sen­tinel; Phil Cmor, Al­toona Mir­ror.

THE CIT­I­ZENS’ VOICE is work­ing with sev­eral news­pa­pers across Penn­syl­va­nia to bring our read­ers the lat­est in high school foot­ball news from around the state.

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.”

DIS­TRICT 3

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.

DIS­TRICT 4

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.

DIS­TRICT 7

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.

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