South­ern Columbia wins 9th state crown

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - SPORTS -

HER­SHEY — South­ern Columbia broke open a close game with a big se­cond half, de­feat­ing Wilm­ing­ton 49-14 in the PIAA Class AA Cham­pi­onship Game on Fri­day af­ter­noon at Her­shey­park Sta­dium.

The cham­pi­onship was the ninth over­all for the Tigers and it came in their 17th ap­pear­ance in the ti­tle game.

South­ern Columbia com­pleted a per­fect 16-0 sea­son.

Ju­nior run­ning back Gaige Gar­cia had a huge game for District 4 cham­pion South­ern Columbia, rush­ing for 134 yards and three touch­downs and catch­ing two passes for 69 yards and two touch­downs.

His brother, fresh­man Gavin Gar­cia, ran seven times for 104 yards and two touch­downs.

Wilm­ing­ton led 14-7 late in the first half when Gaige Gar­cia’s 32-yard touch­down pass from Stone Hol­len­bach on the half’s fi­nal play al­lowed the Tigers to forge a 14-14 tie at the break.

The se­cond half was all South­ern Columbia.

Gaige Gar­cia scored two touch­downs in the third quar­ter, the first on a 26-yard run and the se­cond on a 37-yard hookup with Hol­len­bach.

De­fen­sive back Shane Miller picked off a pair of Wilm­ing­ton passes, with both set­ting up Tigers touch­downs.

Hol­len­bach, headed to Alabama as a pre­ferred walk-on, con­nected on 12-of-17 passes for 166 yards and the two touch­downs to Gaige Gar­cia.

Af­ter a score­less first quar­ter, Wilm­ing­ton struck first when Ethan Susen scored on a 2-yard run.

Wilm­ing­ton fin­ished with 177 yards rush­ing and 83 pass­ing for 260 to­tal yards. Robert Pon­tius led the ground at­tack with 73 yards on 10 car­ries.

South­ern Columbia fin­ished with 462 yards of to­tal of­fense, 296 on the ground and 166 through the air.

Thurs­day’s late game Class 4A Cham­pi­onship Erie Cath. Prep 38 Imhotep Char­ter 7

HER­SHEY — Billy Lu­cas broke the record for most rush­ing yards in a state fi­nal as the District 10 cham­pion Ram­blers beat Imhotep in the ti­tle game for the third straight sea­son.

The 6-foot, 205-pound se­nior car­ried 40 times for 287 yards and three touch­downs in Thurs­day night’s con­test. He has schol­ar­ship of­fers from Bowl­ing Green, Duquesne and Old Do­min­ion.

Lu­cas eclipsed the old mark of 251 set by Park­land’s Austin Scott in the Tro­jans’ 34-12 tri­umph over District 7’s Wood­land Hills in 2002.

In 13 games this sea­son, Lu­cas rushed 256 times for 2,085 yards and 26 scores. Cathe­dral Prep fin­ished with 377 rush­ing yards on 58 at­tempts, scor­ing three times in the se­cond half to blow open a 17-7 half­time lead.

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