NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Wilmington held off Farrell’s rally to post a 19-14 win in the District 10 Class 2A championship. The Greyhounds received a big defensive play late in the game to preserve their 5-point lead. Wilmington has now won 5 District titles in a row.
Watch the video above for extended highlights from Saturday’s game.
Wilmington (7-0) will play Karns City (District 9 champion) next week in the PIAA State Tournament.
The Greyhounds opened the game with a 10-play, 75-yard drive which culminated with a Luke Edwards’ 4-yard touchdown run to give Wilmington an early 7-0 advantage.
On Farrell’s second offensive possession, Trian Holden was picked off by Mason Reed and returned for six-points.
After a Steeler punt, the ‘Hounds go down the field on 10-plays to have Caelan Bender connect with Ethan Susen on a 13-yard pass play.
Farrell got on the board on their fourth drive as the Steelers went 80-yards to register an Omar Stewart, Jr. catch from 16-yards away to cut Wilmington’s lead to 19-6.
Late in the third quarter, Farrell’s Lamont Samuels intercepted Bender – setting up the Steelers from the Greyhound 22-yard line. On 3rd down, Christian Hartley ran 15-yards to move the chains at the 4-yard line. Three plays later, Hartley got into the end zone. Brice Butler caught the two-point conversion from Hartley to get back within 5 points (19-14).
Wilmington had the ball inside the Farrell 10-yard line with under 6-minutes play but failed to punch it in as they were turned away on downs by the Steeler defense.
On 2nd-down with the ball near midfield, Hartley fumbled and was recovered by Wilmington’s Connor Vass-Gal with just over 3 minutes to play.
Wilmington, 19-14 (FINAL)
W – Luke Edwards, 4-yard TD run (W 7-0)
W – Mason Reed, 27-yard interception return for TD (W 13-0)
W – Ethan Susen, 13-yard TD catch from Caelan Bender (W 19-0)
F – Omar Stewart, Jr. 16-yard TD catch from Christian Hartley (W 19-6)
F – Christian Hartley, 1-yard TD run (W 19-14)
PIAA State Tournament (2A)
District7: Apollo Ridge vs. Beaver Falls; Serra Catholic vs. Sto-Rox
Wilmington (D10) vs. Karns City (D9)
District 5: Berlin Brothersvalley vs. Chestnut Ridge
District 6: Richland Township vs. Cambria Heights
District 4: South Williamsport vs. Southern Columbia
District 3: Camp Hill vs. York Catholic