Saturday morning QB: Playoff roundup, McDevitt and Cumberland Valley punch tickets to District champ games, Neely ends stellar career and more

18 November 2017


In the biggest game of the second week of the postseason for District 3 teams, Manheim Central and Cocalico delivered a game worthy of a classic championship tilt.

This Class 5A semifinal went down to the wire before Manheim Central held on for a 21-20 victory over the Eagles.


Playoff scoreboard and box scores


Here’s the thing about this Barons victory that’s interesting. Cocalico went for a two-point conversion to take the lead with 5:34 to play.

The Eagles, who trailed 21-7 at one point, had rallied from two scores down and owned momentum.

Cocalico Dave Gingrich said the decision was his and he told Lancasteronline.com “they (his players) would have had to talk me out of it.”

The decision backfired on Gingrich and the Eagles’ 10-2 season is over. But it was the right call and it took guts.

Why go for a two-point conversion with nearly half a quarter to play? Because when you are on the road at Manheim Central and you have momentum squarely on your sideline you ride that train as long as you can.

The Eagles, who lost to the Barons 17-7 earlier in the season, rolled the dice while riding the momentum train to try and keep the pressure on the Barons.

Cocalico still had one final chance late to score points, but came up short. The gamble didn’t pay off, but why not roll the dice and get the lead. There was still plenty of time left. Great call coach Gingrich.

State College QB Tommy Friberg had an up-and-down game for the Little Lions in the PIAA Class 6A playoffs against Delaware Valley from District 2.

Friberg, who threw four interceptions, and the Little Lions trailed 14-0 before putting together a 21-point blitz in the third quarter that carried State College into the quarterfinal round.

Friberg tossed three touchdown passes in less than 120 seconds, covering 18, 48 and 33 yards, to rally State College.

Get ready for Week 3 of Cumberland Valley in its black playoff pants and red jersey as the No. 1 seed in Class 6A rolled Hempfield by three touchdowns at The Chap.

The Eagles will be gunning for District 3 title No. 13 in school history when they take on No. 2 seed Manheim Township after the Blue Streaks edged defending Class 6A champion Wilson.

CV outgained Hempfield 378-169. I mean, really, what else do you need to know? The Eagles dominated across the board.

The passing combination of QB Jared Plessinger to WR Charlie Katshir connected for six times for 68 yards and a touchdown. CV can throw the ball.

Was that Bishop McDevitt in all gold at The Roc I saw? This was only the second time I’ve ever seen the Crusaders in all gold and for all the uniform combinations McDevitt has used the all gold is No. 1 and it’s not close.

The Crusaders cleaned up all the sloppy play in the opener and rolled Lampeter-Strasburg by 30 in one Class 4A semifinal. Qualik Davis rushed for 185 yards and three scores and QB Chase Diehl threw for 221 yards and a pair of scores.

The Class 4A title game will feature the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds after top seeded Berks Catholic steamrolled East Pennsboro. It was a magical ride by the Panthers and this loss doesn’t define the steps forward this program took.

Berks Catholic sprinted to a 42-0 halftime lead thanks to pair of pick-6 interception returns and a punt return for a touchdown. The Saints defense is the hidden key to this club.

Onasis Neely completed his dynamic career with 122 yards and the lone Panthers touchdown.

Harrisburg hosts Governor Mifflin in a Class 5A semifinal today at Severance Field. The undefeated and No. 1 seeded Cougars ended the Mustangs a year ago. And Steel-High opens the PIAA Class 1A playoffs against District 4 Wyalusing, a squad that brings a losing record to the table.