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Four of the area’s five football teams participated in postseason playoff action last weekend, with four squaring off against one another.
In Eastern Conference Class A playoff action, Millersburg bested Upper Dauphin for the second time in three weeks (see above article), while Tri-Valley beat Line Mountain for the second time this season. Millersburg squares off against the Bulldogs Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Hegins for the Eastern Conference crown.
Williams Valley, the only team in the Sentinel’s coverage area to qualify for district playoffs, fell to Marian Catholic in the opening round of the District 11, Class A tournament.
EASTERN CONFERENCE CLASS A SEMIFINAL
Tri-Valley 27, Line Mountain 14, Nov. 7. The Bulldogs jumped to a 21-0 lead and coasted to a 27-14 victory over the visiting Eagles in Eastern Conference opening round action. An efficient and diverse offense and stifling defense were the keys to Tri-Valley’s victory.
Four different ’Dawgs scored touchdowns. Jaden Buchanan scored the first on a 36-yard reception from quarterback Hunter Harner. Buchanan finished the game with two receptions for 42 yards and the score.
Senior running back Anthony Snyder scored Tri-Valley’s second touchdown – a one-yard run early in the second quarter. Snyder ended the game with 70 rushing yards and one touchdown on nine carries.
Junior running back Chase Schaeffer gave the ’Dawgs a 21-0 lead when he scored on an eight-yard run later in the second quarter. Schaeffer led Tri-Valley in rushing, gaining 80 yards on 19 carries.
Line Mountain finally got on the board late in the second quarter when quarterback Ryan Reed scored on a one-yard run with 1:00 left in the half. Reed finished one-for-nine through the air for eight yards and three costly interceptions.
The teams went scoreless through the third quarter before Harner scored the ’Dawgs’ final touchdown on a five-yard run. Harner finished game with 57 rushing yards on 19 carries. He was also three-for-eight through the air for 55 yards and one touchdown.
Reed scored the game’s final points on a 47-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.
The win marked Tri-Valley’s second victory over its Tri-Valley Athletic Association foe this season. The Bulldogs bested Line Mountain 21-14 in the fifth week.
With the win, Tri-Valley will host a rematch with the Indians. The Dawgs beat Millersburg 31-13 iLabor Day weekend, but the Indians have improved significantly since then, so this matchup is anyone’s game.
DISTRICT 11-A SEMIFINAL
Marian Catholic 35, Williams Valley 12, Nov. 12. The visiting Vikes fell behind 28-0 and were never able to recover against the Colts.
It was the second time Williams Valley fell to Marian this season. The Vikes had lost in the Labor Day weekend season opener.
On the stat sheet, the game appeared like a close one. Marian outgained Williams Valley by a slim margin – 323 total yards of offense to the Vikes 303 – but the Colts were far more efficient on offense, scoring on a larger percentage of its possessions.
Senior running back Matt Miller had another impressive game, closing out his high school career with 201 rushing yards and one touchdown on a workman-like 30 carries. Miller’s score came late in the fourth quarter.
Fellow senior wideout Cody Miller finished the game with four receptions for 57 yards and one score.
Miller’s touchdown was the Vikes’ first of the game, coming on a 29-yard strike from quarterback Nick Rodichok in the third quarter. Rodichok finished seven-for-24 for 97 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
With the loss, Williams Valley’s season is over.