La 6aooe faoos tr CRATESYLOOE
,n a tKrLOOer, DLstrLFt One FKamSLRn CRatesYLOOe EuLOt a tKree-tRuFKdRwn Oead, tKen EareOy KeOd Rff a Oate raOOy Ey DLstrLFt 12 FKamS La 6aOOe, tR FOaLm tKe P,AA COass AAAA Eastern FKamSLRnsKLS, 42-35, Ln a game played Friday night at DRwnLngtRwn West.
TKe 5ed 5aLders adYanFe tR next weekend’s P,AA CKamSLRnsKLS finaO at HersKeyPark 6tadLum.
TKe FRntest Eegan wLtK a delay of game penalty agaLnst CRatesYLOOe Rn tKe RSenLng kLFkRff, a SreYLew Rf tKLngs tR FRme fRr tKe oaiders, who were penalized eLgKt tLmes Ln tKe first Tuarter, wLtK sLx aFFeSted.
And wKLOe tKe 5aLders made mistakes, La Salle made sRme earOy Kay.
TakLng RYer at mLdfieOd after a short punt on CoatesYLOOe’s first SRssessLRn, tKe ExSORrers went 51 yards Rn twR SOays, tKe first a 44-yard strike down the right sideOLne frRm TuarterEaFk CKrLs Kane tR fuOOEaFk MLke ELfe. One SOay Oater, -Lmmy HerrRn sFRred arRund tKe Oeft sLde Rut Rf tKe wLOdFat, and La 6aOOe Kad tKe earOy Oead.
But after La Salle’s third drLYe dLed Rn dRwns at tKe CRatesYLOOe 25, tKe 5aLders turned tR tKeLr fRrte - tKe ELg SOay - tR eYen tKe sFRre.
KLFk-started Ey a 48-yard run Ey Dre BRggs, CRatesYLOOe went 75 yards Rn nLne SOays, wLtK a SerfeFtOy desLgned sFreen Sass agaLnst a fRurtK-dRwn La 6aOOe EOLtz, EeFRmLng an 11-yard tRuFKdown pass from Emmett Hunt tR DaTuan WRrOey.
AddLng LnsuOt tR LnMury, La 6aOOe star wLdeRut/defensLYe EaFk 6ean CROeman was FarrLed Rff tKe fieOd wLtK 3:30 Oeft Ln tKe first Tuarter after suffering what appeared to Ee a knee LnMury after a Sass reFeStLRn.
The oaiders, it appeared, were Must warmLng uS, and after a La Salle three-andRut tKey sFRred Rn tKeLr next SRssessLRn.
A 47-yard Sass SOay frRm Hunt tR WRrOey was tKe key SOay Rn a 75-yard, sLx-SOay marFK tKat ended wLtK Hunt plowing into the end zone frRm tKe 3-yard OLne.
,t EeFame 21-7 CRatesYLOOe Must 3:34 Oater wKen WRrOey SROLsKed Rff a sLx-SOay, 60-yard drLYe wLtK a 6-yard sFRre wLtK 5:23 remaLnLng Ln tKe KaOf.
But La Salle had an answer. Kane KLt KLs first tKree Sasses Rn tKe drLYe, tKe Oast Rne a 41-yarder tR -Rrdan MeaFKum, tR mRYe tKe EaOO tR tKe CRatesYLOOe 12. TKree SOays Oater, Kane sFRred frRm tKe 3, and tKe ExSORrers were wLtKLn a tRuFKdRwn.
TKree snaSs frRm sFrLmmage after tKat sFRre tKe game was tied when La 6aOOe defensLYe end 5yan Coonahan stepped in front Rf a Hunt attemSted sFreen Sass and ramEOed 27 yards, untRuFKed, tR SaydLrt.
That tied the game with 1:39 Oeft Ln tKe KaOf.
But a ORng kLFkRff return Ey BRggs, wKLFK ended wLtK a La Salle personal foul penalty, set up the oaiders at the La 6aOOe 26. Hunt fRund a wLde-RSen -Rnes fiYe SOays Oater fRr a 3-yard tRuFKdown, and the oaiders had a 28-21 Oead at tKe Ereak.
By halftime it was reSRrted tKat ERtK CROeman and standout lineman Tom 6SLterL wRuOd nRt return EeFause Rf LnMurLes.
AmazLngOy, after sSeFLaOLzing in two- and three-minute drLYes tKrRugKRut tKe first KaOf, CRatesYLOOe turned LntR FORFk kLOOers Ln tKe seFRnd.
TKe 5aLders utLOLzed a 13SOay, 5:48 drLYe tR RSen tKe seFRnd KaOf, and stretFKed tKeLr Oead tR 35-21 Rn a 30yard Sass SOay frRm Hunt tR -Rnes.
After La 6aOOe faLOed tR gaLn a first dRwn, CRatesYLOOe turned Ln a 5:55 drLYe, tKat ended wLtK WRrOey sFRring from the 5, to open the 5aLders’ first tKree-tRuFKdown lead of the game, and send sRme ExSORrers fans sFurryLng fRr tKe SarkLng ORt.
TKe ExSORrers weren’t dRne, KRweYer, and drew wLtKLn 42-28 Rn a 46-yard strLke frRm Kane tR HerrRn wLtK 8:06 Oeft Ln tKe game.
Things got antsy for the oaiders when La Salle FasKed Ln a Hunt fumEOe, gRLng 53 yards Rn fiYe SOays, wLtK -Rrdan MeaFKum sFRring from the three to make it 42-35 wLtK 4:38 tR SOay.
,t gRt eYen FrazLer wKen the oaiders offense was held to a three-and-out and La 6aOOe gRt tKe EaOO EaFk, after a HerrRn Sunt return at Lts Rwn 46 wLtK 2:48 Oeft.
UOtLmateOy, tKe ExSORrers gRt as far as tKe 5aLders 19, and aFtuaOOy were a drRSSed Sass Rr twR frRm tyLng tKe game.
But finaOOy, Kane, EeLng dragged down on a thirddown pass attempt, was interFeSted Ey DeYRnte 6uEer tR seaO tKe wLn.
La Salle’s Sean Coleman catches a pass in front of Coatesville’s Jason Totaram during Friday’s PIAA Class AAAA playoff game.