WATCH: Wilmington tops Chestnut Ridge again; Bender throws 3 TDs


Darren Miller ran for over 150-yards and scored twice


Greyhounds (11-0) now move on in the 2A State Playoffs

SOMERSET, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – For the second year in a row, Wilmington gets by Chestnut Ridge to advance in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs. Tonight, the Greyhounds posted a 35-20 win over the Lions. Last year, Wilmington got the best of Chestnut Ridge – 40-33 – in the first round as well.

Caelan Bender completed 8 of 11 passes as he threw 3 touchdowns, two of which were to Junior McConahy. Darren Miller scored twice on the ground for Wilmington.

After the Lions’ defense held Wilmington on downs and then forced a 3-and-out, the Greyhounds scored on the second play of their third drive. Ethan Susen caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Caelan Bender to take a 7-0 advantage closing in on the end of the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, Darren Miller touched the ball four times on each play from scrimmage on their fifth drive. Miller took a handoff 29-yards to take the Greyhounds inside the Chestnut Ridge 15-yard line. Three plays later, Miller scored from 2-yards away to give Wilmington a 14-0 lead.

Wilmington finished the first half strong with another touchdown drive. This time, a 40-yard hook up from Bender to Junior McConahy put the Greyhounds up by three scores (21-0) entering intermission.

To open the third quarter, Wilmington’s defense stiffened as they held Chestnut Ridge on a 4th down inside of Greyhound territory. From there, Miller raced 53-yards to pay dirt on their third play from scrimmage in the third quarter to extend the lead to 28 points (28-0)

However, the Lions answered Miller’s TD run with a scoring drive of their own. Logan Pfister found Matt Whysong on a 18-yard pass play to cut Wilmington’s lead to 21 (28-7).

The Bender to McConahy connection worked once again in the third quarter as they registered another touchdown throw and catch.

To begin the 4th quarter, Chestnut Ridge’s Trey Maxwell got into the end zone on a 1-yard plunge. The point after kick was blocked. Later in the quarter, Pfister once again connected with one of his receivers for a touchdown. This time, Jonah Hillegas caught a pass from 33 yards out to cut the deficit to 15 points (35-20).

Wilmington will now face either Ridgway/Johnsonburg or Clarion next week in the PIAA Class 2A Western Semifinal.

Wilmington, 35-20 (Final)
First Quarter
W – Ethan Susen, 41-yard TD catch from Caelan Bender (W 7-0, 3:02)
Second Quarter
W – Darren Miller, 2-yard TD run (W 14-0, 4:56)
W – Junior McConahy, 40-yard TD catch from Caelan Bender (W 21-0, 1:02)
Third Quarter
W – Darren Miller, 53-yard TD run (W 28-0, 8:33)
C – Matt Whysong, 18-yard TD catch from Logan Pfister (W 28-7, 4:59)
W – Junior McConahy, 16-yard TD catch from Caelan Bender (W 35-7, 1:57)
Fourth Quarter
C – Trey Maxwell, 1-yard TD run (W 35-13, 11:22)
C – Jonah Hillegas, 33-yard TD catch from Logan Pfister (W 35-20, 3:59)

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