WATCH: Wilmington denied 3rd straight trip to Hershey


Avonworth (15-0) makes their first trip to State Championship game


Hounds close out the season with a 12-1 mark

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Wilmington was denied of a 3rd straight trip to Hershey tonight. Avonworth punched their first ticket to the state championship after their 33-21 victory. The Antelopes advance to face the 9-time champion Southern Columbia Tigers next week at Hershey.

Wilmington closes out their season at 12-1. The Greyhounds have won the last 4 District 10 Class 2A championships. Over that 4 year span, Wilmington has won 8 state playoff games.

Avonworth opened the game by going 35 yards on 5 plays (following a 45 yard kickoff return) which was capped off by a Park Penrod pass play to Theo Newhouse-Godine which resulted in a touchdown.

Following a Wilmington fumble, the Antelopes got the ball back inside the ‘Hounds 30. Six plays later, it was the Greyhounds turn to get a takeaway. At the goal line, Braxton Shimrack came away with the recovery in the end zone to deny the Antelopes of another score.

Following the turnover, the Greyhounds went on a 16 play, 80 yard drive which ended in an Ethan Susen touchdown grab from Caelan Bender to tie the game up early in the second quarter.

Avonworth came right back and answered Wilmington’s touchdown with one of their own. Penrod completed a 15 yard pass for six points to Trevor Faulkner with 3:28 left to play in the second quarter to give the Antelopes a 14-7 lead.

Just before the half, Bender found his way into the end zone on a 8-yard touchdown run to tie things up at 14 with just 33 seconds remaining in the opening half.

Twenty-three seconds later, Newhouse-Godine catches a 37 yard pass from Penrod to give Avonworth a 6-point advantage heading into the intermission.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Bender called his own number and dove right over the center of his offensive line to take the lead – 21-20. The drive covered 57 yards on 9 plays (all of which were running plays).

Not to be outdone, the Antelopes raced down the field with an 11 play drive as they finished it off with a 3 yard touchdown run by Jax Miller. The pass play on the two-point conversion failed as Avonworth held a 26-21 lead with 5:27 left in the game.

On the ensuing kickoff, Wilmington fumbled the ball away which gave Avonworth possession at the Greyhounds’ 25 yard line. From there, six plays later, Penrod broke free into the end zone from a yard out to give the Antelopes their largest lead of the game – 11 points (33-21).

Avonworth, 33-21 (Final)
First Quarter
A – Theo Newhouse-Godine, 10-yard TD catch from Park Penrod (A 7-0)
Second Quarter
W – Ethan Susen, 9-yard TD catch from Caelan Bener (T 7-7)
A – Trevor Faulkner, 15-yard TD catch from Park Penrod (A 14-7)
W – Caelan Bender, 8-yard TD run (T 14-14)
A – Theo Newhouse-Godine, 37-yard TD catch from Park Penrod (A 20-14)
Fourth Quarter
W – Caelan Bender, 1-yard TD run (W 21-20)
A – Jax Miller, 3-yard TD run (A 26-21)
A – Park Penrod, 1-yard TD run (A 33-21)

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