Sunday QB: Cedar Cliff holds the keys to a Keystone Division title; breaking down Williams Valley's last-second Hail Mary reception; Ship set up to claim the Colonial and more
Williams Valley scored on a Hail Mary recpetion as the final seconds ticked away Friday night. But was there offensive pass interference that was not called on the play? (Christina Hoy/4th Down)
By Andy Shay:
Cedar Cliff is a victory over West Shore School District rival Red Land away from claiming the outright Mid-Penn Keystone Division title.
The Colts’ impressive domination of red-hot Susquehanna Township was surprisingly lopsided. RB Jaheim Morris torched the Indians defense for 205 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown to spearhead a 30-0 victory.
Cliff’s defense not only posted its second shutout of the season, the Colts D limited ‘Hanna to fewer than 150 total yards. A powerful running game and steady defense is a pretty good playoff recipe for success.
There are still postseason possibilities for the Indians, but on the heels of a six-game winning streak this was not a good look in a big game.
Boiling Springs’ gutsy one-point overtime victory over Steel-High featured 111 points, nearly 1,100 yards of total offense and the losing quarterback throwing for more than 400 yards.
The Bubblers, who led 20-0 at one point, had the ball last in overtime and went for two to win it. Why not, right? QB Zack Vonstein hit TE Mike Wagner with the decisive pass that secured an upset victory.
Watching Williams Valley execute in the final minute to shock previously unbeaten Halifax on a desperation Hail Mary pass on the final play is my No. 1 moment of this season.
The somewhat improbable 16-14 victory, courtesy of Bo Raho’s 43-yard catch in traffic from Levi Engle, was the best football game I’ve seen in two seasons.
But some of the shine of that moment was erased when I watched the video we posted on Twitter.
Williams Valley stuns Halifax with a last-second Hail Mary reception from 42 yards out by Bo Raho. Final Williams Valley 16-14 over Halifax pic.twitter.com/9ziNxO9n75— 4th Down Magazine (@4thDownMag) October 20, 2018
It was an extremely poorly officiated contest for such a high-quality game across the board.
And the video of the final play shows clear-cut offensive pass interference by Vikings WR Jayden Cruz against Halifax safety Broc Grosser with the ball coming down.
I wasn’t a fan of the intent. Cruz pancaked Grosser just as he went up to make a play on the ball.
And it was textbook offensive pass interference that any respectable official on the back end who wasn’t watching the ball but doing his job would have clearly seen.
Still, that throw and catch in the final seconds was pure football magic. The block tarnishes it a little, though.
Anyway, the result of that game means the Tri-Valley League is a three-team title chase between Halifax, Upper Dauphin and Williams Valley. UDA and Halifax each are 7-1 in the TVL and the defending champion Vikings are 6-2.
Week 10 will decide it all.
What the East Pennsboro defense has done lately is flat-out impressive. The Panthers limited Steel-High to three touchdowns last week in a one-point victory, and despite losing to Middletown, held the powerful Blue Raiders in check.
The Panthers D didn’t surrender a touchdown until the fourth quarter of the 28-0 setback. Both of Middletown’s touchdowns in the first half came courtesy of its defense.
QUICK HITS: Central Dauphin under coach Glen McNamee has historically responded well the week following a loss. And the Rams did it again by going to Chambersburg and dominating the first half against the Trojans. … Shippensburg has a good chance at winning at least a share of the Crazy Colonial title after posting its second consecutive shutout victory. West Perry’s wild comeback bid against Waynesboro fell short, leaving Greyhounds and Mifflin County atop the division with one division loss each. … Good to see Lower Dauphin’s offense light it up with 42 points and more than 300 yards against Hershey. The Falcons, led by 166 yards and three touchdowns from RB’s Gannon Ulrey and Isaac Buck, led 35-12 at intermission. … Palmyra escaped near disaster by rallying late to edge winless Trinity by a point. Missing QB Grant Haus really impacts this team. … Pretty clear Cumberland Valley has found its mojo. After six losses to open the season, the Eagles, who still have a shot at the postseason, made it three wins in a row by drubbing CD East 48-17. It was the final score that jumps out to me.
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