Brain tu­mor doesn’t stop My­ers from scor­ing 2 TDs in Berks Catholic’s dis­trict semi­fi­nal vic­tory

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - Staff re­port

An­thony My­ers, com­pet­ing for the first time since be­ing di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mor, scored two touch­downs and the Berks Catholic foot­ball team de­feated Mil­ton Her­shey 49-21 in a Dis­trict 3 Class 4A semi­fi­nal on Nov. 17 at Forino Sports Com­plex.

My­ers was cleared to re­turn to ac­tion ear­lier in the week and made most of his op­por­tu­nity with a 1-yard TD run and an 80-yard punt re­turn to lift the Saints (10-2) in a dis­trict cham­pi­onship re­match with Bishop McDe­vitt, a 40-16 win­ner over Con­rad Weiser in the other semi­fi­nal.

Berks Catholic will be seek­ing a fourth straight dis­trict ti­tle after de­feat­ing Bishop McDe­vitt in last year’s fi­nal 45-24. The game is sched­uled for Nov. 23 at a site and time to be de­ter­mined.

Bran­don Ge­orge had three touch­downs while lead­ing Berks Catholic to a 42-7 half­time ad­van­tage. He had 11 rushes for 72 yards while Ab­dul MacFoy had nine car­ries for 80 yards and a touch­down. My­ers rushed five times for 22 yards.

Jadin Bookser re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 47 yards for a touch­down in the third quar­ter for BC.

My­ers, a 16-year-old sopho­more, was di­ag­nosed with a stage 3 ma­lig­nant brain tu­mor in late Oc­to­ber after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing seizures after play­ing against Fleet­wood on Oct. 19. The Team 17 Strong cam­paign for My­ers’ cause has re­ceived rapid and wide sup­port around the county and be­yond. County schools have helped fund raise by sell­ing Team17Strong t-shirts while My­ers has had fa­mous ath­letes like Ea­gles wide re­ceiver Al­shon Jeffery, 76ers’ JJ Redick, Saints line­backer and Wy­omiss­ing na­tive Alex An­za­lone and New York Gi­ants line­backer and can­cer sur­vivor Mark Her­zlich voice their sup­port.

More in­for­ma­tion about My­ers’ story and fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties can be found at www.team17strong.org.

COUR­TESY BRUCE BADGLEY - PA FOOT­BALL NEWS

Berks Catholic sopho­more An­thony My­ers is lifted on the shoul­der of team­mates after the Saints’ win over Mil­ton Her­shey on Nov. 17.

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