WATCH: Wilmington pulls away late; returns to Final 4


Wilmington will meet the winner of tomorrow's Washington/Avonworth game


Darren Miller & Ethan Susen combined for 5 TDs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Wilmington continues their undefeated season by holding off Ridgway, 45-27, to move onto the Class 2A Western Final against tomorrow’s winner of Washington and Avonworth.

On the ‘Hounds first drive, Ethan Susen pushed his way into the end zone to score the game’s initial points with a 5-yard touchdown.

Susen races for his second score of the day – this time from 45-yards away.

Midway through the second quarter, Darren Miller gets involved on a scoring play. His went for 19-yards as Wilmington went up 21-0 with 6:53 left in the opening half.

Just before the half, the Elkers’ Tyler Watts recovered a fumble and returned it 77-yards to cut the Greyhound lead to 21-7.

Caelan Bender found Mason Reed for the 4th touchdown of the night for the ‘Hounds to end the half 28-7 in favor of Wilmington.

On Ridgway’s first drive of the second half, Jake Wickett caps it off with a 5-yard touchdown scamper to cut the lead in half (28-14).

Just before the end of the quarter, Dan Hartwell booted through a 32-yarder to extend Wilmington’s lead to 17 (31-14).

However, early in the fourth quarter, Paul Gresco found Austin Green on a 8-yard pass pattern to cut Wilmington’s lead to 10 (31-21).

Back comes Wilmington, Miller scores his 2nd touchdown of the day to stretch out their lead to 17 (38-21).

The Elkers season came to a close at 11-2. Ridgway had won 10 games consecutively before tonight’s loss

Wilmington, 45-27 (Final)
First Quarter
W – Ethan Susen, 5-yard TD run (W 7-0)
W – Ethan Susen, 45-yard TD run (W 14-0)
Second Quarter
W – Darren Miller, 19-yard TD run (W 21-0)
R – Tyler Watts, 77-yard fumble recovery return for TD (W 21-7)
W – Mason Reed, TD catch from Caelan Bender (W 28-7)
Third Quarter
R – Jake Wickett, 5-yard TD run (W 28-14)
W – Dan Hartwell 32-yard FG (W 31-14)
Fourth Quarter
R – Austin Green, 8-yard TD catch from Paul Gresco (W 31-21)
W – Darren Miller, 9-yard TD run (W 38-21)
W – Darren Miller, 33-yard TD run (W 45-21)

Class AA Playoff Results
Eastern Semifinals
Southern Columbia 63 Upper Dauphin 22
Richland Twp 29 Bishop McDevitt 21
Western Semifinals
Washington vs. Avonworth, Nov. 23 at noon (at Norwin)
Wilmington 45 Ridgway 27

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