The Southern Berks News

Wilson falls in 6A championsh­ip

- By Matthew Knaub mknaub@readingeag­

Wilson’s quest for a District 3 title came to an end on Saturday.

The No. 5 seed Bulldogs were defeated by secondseed­ed Harrisburg 14-10 in the District 3 Class 6A championsh­ip game at Harrisburg.

“We fought,” Wilson coach Doug Dahms said. “(We) lost to a very good football team in the end.”

In a clash of two powerful defenses, points were scarce, especially in the first half. The Bulldogs led 3-0 at the break thanks to a 24-yard field goal from Bed Rada in the first quarter.

The Cougars (12-1) scored on the opening possession of the second half, putting together an 11-play drive that lasted over five minutes. Quarterbac­k Shawn Lee found his way into the end zone on a quarterbac­k sneak from 1 yard out to put Harrisburg ahead 7-3.

Wilson (9-4), which had won seven in row, responded on its next drive, as running back Jadyn Jones scored on a 16-yard run to give the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead. Jones finished with 100 yards and a score on 21 carries.

The Cougars scored the game-winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard run from Lee. The play capped a 72yard scoring drive and gave Harrisburg a 14-10 lead with just over nine minutes to play.

Wilson had three possession­s following the Cougars’ touchdown, but was unable to find the end zone. Harrisburg’s defensive front seven did not allow the Bulldogs to gain any momentum.

“They were a little bit more physical up front than us in the second half,” Dahms said. “They won the battle in the trenches in the second half (on) both sides of the ball.”

Harrisburg’s Mahkai Hopkins had 130 yards on 25 carries. The Cougars relied heavily on Hopkins, especially in the second half.

Wilson struggled to move the chains throughout. The Bulldogs were 4-of-12 on third-down conversion­s and 1-of-4 on fourth down.

With the result, the high school football careers of Wilson’s 24 seniors ended one win shy of a district title. However, Dahms is proud of the way the seniors helped the Bulldogs overcome a 2-3 start and finish as the district runner-up.

“They grew, they really did,” Dahms said. “They could’ve rolled over and played dead but they really developed a lot of character this year.”

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