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High School Football Summary
'Dawgs defeat rival Vikings
to stay alive

Williams Valley's Jake Wolfgang secures this pass despite tight defensive coverage in an early season game. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

Aside from Millersburg, which opens District 3 play this weekend, Tri-Valley is the only Sentinel-area football team still alive in the postseason.

The Bulldogs bested rival Williams Valley in their District 11-A first round matchup Nov. 13.

Halifax’s 2015 season ended after being doubled up by Bloomsburg in first round Eastern Conference playoff action, also Nov. 13.

Tri-Valley 36, Williams Valley 12. Number-one seed Tri-Valley put a halt to the Vikings’ season with a 24-point victory last Friday night.

It was the second time that the Bulldogs topped the Vikes this season. They won 28-6 in Week 3.

Tri-Valley struck first when senior cornerback Tyler Lucas stepped intercepted a Jake Wolfgang pass late in the first quarter and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown. Wolfgang was filling in for starting quarterback Nick Rodichok, who missed the game due to sustaining a concussion the prior week.

The Vikes responded early in the second quarter when freshman Levi Engle hit Wolfgang for a 28-yard scoring pass. A blocked extra point made it 7-6, Tri-Valley, with 11:36 remaining in the first half.

Tri-Valley went on to score four of the game’s five remaining touchdowns, while the Vikings offense would not score again.

Bulldog quarterback Jaden Buchanan hit Lucas for a 12-yard strike with seconds remaining in the half to give the Dawgs a 14-6 lead at the break. Buchanan finished 8-for-18 through the air for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lucas was his favorite target, hauling in five passes for 43 yards and one score.

An errant Viking punt snap out of the end zone early in the third quarter gave Tri-Valley a safety, which they followed up with a 12-yard Buchanan-to-Chase Schaeffer touchdown pass, making the score 22-6 heading into the final quarter.

Williams Valley’s Matt Kemble returned a Tri-Valley fumble 11 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter that got the Vikes within 10 points, but the Dawgs ended any hope for a comeback with two more  touchdowns to seal the victory. Dawson Schwalm and Buchanan each scored on one-yard runs in the final quarter.

The Dawgs host number-three seed Marian Catholic Nov. 20 in the District 11-A championship game. Start time is 7 p.m. The winner of the contest will advance to the opening round of the PIAA championships Friday or Saturday, Nov. 27-28, facing a team from either Districts 1 or 12.

Bloomsburg 42, Halifax 20. The Wildcats’ season ended with a 22-point defeat to Bloomsburg in Eastern Conference playoff opening round action.

The Panthers jumped to a 14-0 lead before Halifax running back Eric Johnston scored on a 64-yard run. Johnston scored all three Wildcat touchdowns, finishing the game with 205 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries.

Bloomsburg scored one more time before half to lead 21-7.

The Cats scored twice in the second half on Johnston runs of 62 and 57 yards, but it wasn’t enough to stop an offense that totaled 495 yards for the game.

The Panthers will face Schuylkill Haven this week for the Eastern Conference title. Haven won by forfeit over Line Mountain, who opted not to participate in the tournament.


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