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High School Football - District 3, Class A
“They [York Catholic] had several turnovers early in the game and we did not take advantage of them with points,” UDA’s second-year head coach Brent Bell said. “That gave them the momentum they needed to get their offense rolling.”
Workhorse tailback Trey Campbell finally got the Trojans back on the scoreboard with a three-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, but the damage was already done.
York Catholic scored one more time in the fourth quarter to confirm its matchup with number one seeded Steel-High in this week’s district championship game.
Ney’s 55-yard touchdown score in the first quarter was part of an impressive 19-carry, 151-yard effort on the ground. He also finished with 50 yards and two interceptions on 5-of-11 pass attempts.
Junior wideout Tanner Miller was the lone recipient of Ney’s completions, catching five balls for 50 yards.
Two weeks after breaking UDA’s career all-purpose yardage record with 3,931 yards, Campbell became the first and only Trojan to eclipse 4,000 total yards in his career. He finished the playoff game with a modest 88 rushing yards on 24 carries, an unusually quiet night for a running back that averaged 142 yards in each of the previous 10 games.
Ney and Campbell both graduate next spring, Bell’s squad returns several other key starters next season, so the future should remain bright for a squad that has spent years dwelling in the basement of the Twin Valley Conference (now the Tri-Valley League).
“I am extremely proud of our team. They stuck with our program during some very tough years, believed in our philosophy and never gave up on the goals that they set for themselves for this season,’’ Bell said. ‘‘They truly became a family this year and as a coach, I am not sure what else you could ask for.
“Success in team sports does not just come from the wins, but the lessons and relationships learned along the way,’’ he added.