Steelers win back-to-back state championships
HERSHEY, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Brian Hilton, Jr. gave Farrell their second consecutive state championship on his 22-yard field goal to defeat Bishop Guilfoyle in overtime, 10-7. Farrell finished the season by winning their final 14 games after beginning this year with an 0-2 mark.
Farrell’s first offensive possession took over 5 minutes but the Steelers were unable to come away with points. Farrell’s defense stood tall as they were able to stop the Marauders on 4th down as well. Scoreless in the first quarter.
On Bishop Guilfoyle’s second possession, Brian Hilton a fumble setting up Farrell deep inside of Marauder territory. From there, Anthony Stallworth carried the ball from the 21 to the 1 and then Ray Raver on a 1-yard plunge to give the Steelers the early 7-0 advantage.
After a punt from Farrell; Bishop Guilfoyle began their drive late in the second quarter inside of the Steeler 30. However, Dwight Ravenscraft intercepted a tipped pass to turn away the Marauders.
After each team punted to begin the second half, Bishop Guilfoyle fumbles the ball away as the Steelers’ sophomore linebacker Anthony Jackson comes away with the recovery. However, Farrell was unable to add onto their 7-0 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Marauders blocked a Farrell punt placing the ball inside the red zone. Bishop Guilfoyle ties the game on a Keegan Myrick 1-yard run with just over 9 minutes remaining (7-7).
Late in the fourth quarter, Farrell and Bishop Guilfoyle each forced the other to punt. With one opportunity left, the Steelers regained possession with 45 seconds to play with the ball at the Marauder 39 yard line. After a delay of game penalty, Raver found Brice Butler on a 20-yard pass play which took the ball down to the 24. However, penalties stalled the drive and the game remained deadlocked at 7 heading to overtime.
On the first possession of the overtime session, Guilfoyle tried a jump pass on their third down play. Brice Butler knocked the ball out of the would-be receiver’s hands. Then, on 4th-down, Farrell blocked the Marauder field goal.
Bishop Guilfoyle’s defense allowed only a handful of yards to Farrell on their three run plays. On 4th down, the Steelers’ decided to attempt a field goal by sending Brian Hilton, Jr. out to connect on a 22-yard kick. With the wind playing havoc, Hilton Jr. answered as he sends Farrell to their 4th state championship and two titles in as many years – 10-7.
Farrell’s coach Amp Pegues won the state championship as the Steelers’ quarterback in 1995. Now, he is a state championship coach of his Alma mater.
Farrell, 10-7 (Final/OT)
F – Ray Raver, 1-yard TD run (F 7-0, 10:39)
B – Keegan Myrick, 1-yard TD run (T 7-7, 9:07)
F – Brian Hilton Jr., 22-yard FG (F 10-7)