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Tigers-Greyhounds II; Wilmington's after 2nd state championship

Southern Columbia has won 8 state titles.

HERSHEY, Pennsylvania (WKBN) - A year later and they’re back – Southern Columbia and Wilmington will meet again this Friday for the second consecutive year in the 2A State Championship. Last year, the Tigers steamrolled Wilmington – 48-0 – in coach Terry Verrelli’s final game as the Greyhound head coach. This time around, the same weapons are back for Southern in QB Stone Hollenbach, junior RB Gage Garcia and their standout receiver Julian Fleming. Hollenbach committed to be a preferred walk on at Alabama next fall. Garcia has unofficially visited the likes of Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame within the last year. Fleming, a junior, has been offered by every big-time college program including USC, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Penn State. Southern is making their 17th trip to the state finals – 4th year in a row. They’ve won more state championships than any other school (8). They also have the most respected head coach in all of the state in Jim Roth. The Tigers are the gold standard.

 

Ten years ago, the Greyhounds faced heavily favored West Catholic in the 2A title tilt. The Burrs took a 14-0 lead heading into the intermission behind the play of QB Curtis Drake (a Penn State commit). In the end, the Greyhounds outscored West Catholic, 35-20, in the second half (and into the overtime sessions) to post a 35-34 victory in double overtime. The game came down to a goal line stand where Wilmington stopped Drake short of putting the Burrs’ ahead in the sixth session. That was Wilmington’s first state title. Now, the ‘Hounds are up against it again. Will they be able to take down the heavily favored Tigers? Time will tell.  

 

2018 PIAA Class 2A Football Championship – Friday, Dec. 7

#1 Southern Columbia vs. #2 Wilmington (at Hersheypark Stadium at 1 pm)

 

Last Meeting

Dec. 8, 2017 – Southern Columbia, 48-0 (Class 2A Championship)

 

Southern Columbia Tigers (15-0)

Tigers 42 West Catholic 6

Tigers 56 York Catholic 23

Tigers 39 Mount Carmel 14

Tigers 69 Troy 16

Tigers 55 Line Mountain 0

Tigers 49 Danville 7

Tigers 69 Hughesville 8

Tigers 69 Shikellamy 7

Tigers 62 Jersey Shore 7

Tigers 54 South Williamsport 20

Tigers 54 Central Columbia 27

Tigers 48 Shamokin 0

Tigers 48 Selinsgrove 0

Tigers 41 Mount Carmel 7

Tigers 56 Bloomsburg 6

 

Wilmington Greyhounds (13-1)

Greyhounds 26 Steel Valley 6

Greyhounds 56 Ridgway 14

Greyhounds 40 Chestnut Ridge 33

Greyhounds 44 Greenville 13

Greyhounds 42 Hickory 0

Greyhounds 48 Sharpsville 14

Greyhounds 52 Iroquois 6

Greyhounds 54 Greenville 7

Greyhounds 55 Conneaut 14

Greyhounds 67 Lakeview 0

Greyhounds 66 Northwestern 19

Farrell 31 Greyhounds 19

Greyhounds 42 Sharon 12

 

Team Stats

Scoring Offense: Southern Columbia, 54.0; Wilmington, 47.2

Scoring Defense: Southern Columbia, 9.9; Wilmington, 12.6

 

Playoff History

Southern Columbia

State Playoff Appearances: 25

State Playoff Record: 49-16

State Finalists: 9 (1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2011, 2016, 2018)

State Championships: 8 (1994, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2015, 2017)

 

Wilmington

State Playoff Appearances: 15

State Playoff Record: 19-12

State Finalists: 3 (1988, 2017, 2018)

State Championships: 1 (2009)

 

Recent Class 2A Championship Game Results

2017 – Southern Columbia 48 Wilmington 0

2016 – Steel Valley 49 Southern Columbia 7

2015 – Southern Columbia 49 Aliquippa 14

2014 – South Fayette 28 Dunmore 16

2013 – South Fayette 41 Imhotep Charter 0

2012 – Wyomissing 17 Aliquippa 14

2011 – Lancaster Catholic 17 Tyrone 6

2010 – West Catholic 50 South Fayette 14


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