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Written by: on Sunday, November 16th, 2008


MEADVILLE, Pa- If there was a song written about tonight’s game between General McLane (9-3) and Wilmington (12-0) the title would be “Fumbling in a winter wonderland” After all the weather out side was frightful and the players hands weren’t so delightful, but the winner has some where to go, and that is the District 10 finals.

Wilmington came into the game with their only loss coming vs. Karns City, a one point loss at that. For General McLane it was two losses to Strong Vincent and North East. This set up to be a good one on the Campus of Allegheny College just a short trip away from the shores of Lake Erie.

The hounds got the ball first and drove down the field thanks to a key 30 yard run by sophomore running back Sutton Whiting. However the drive would stall, and Wilmington would miss their first shot at points after missing a 25 yard field goal.

It would not be long until the Lancers would give Wilmington another shot at some points when, quarterback Nick Lombardo fumbled.

However, the Hounds would not take advantage of the recovery, and gave up the ball them selves.

After both teams were forced to punt, and the first quarter had been put in the books, without a score and only lasting 22 minutes. It was not more but one play into the second quarter when, the dogs did a trick, and this was much better then rolling over, I guess you call it playing catch not fetch. It the old flea-flicker thrown by Whiting to a Lancer defender who came so close catching it but he bobbled it and it found the hands of the Wilmington wide receiver. “Yea, that’s exactly how we wanted to run it” Coach said after the game as the snow continued to fall. “Have it almost picked, then have a little bobble and then take it in for the score, boy it worked to perfection.”

At half, the Hounds lead 7-0. which could have been more if it wasn’t for the weather and the four total fumbles.

The Lancers would get on the board on the first drive of the half, with a 48 yard touchdown run by Kyle Shinn, to tie it up at 7.

Wilmington would answer, on a Derrick Burns 16 yard touchdown run to but the Hounds back in the lead 14-7.

They would add to that lead on a 44 yard fumble return for a touchdown (which was the 7th fumble of the game), and a late touchdown run to put the icing on the cake 35-7. Sending Wilmington to another District 10 Title Game. They will take on Slippery Rock at Slippery Rock University next week.

From a snowy Allegheny College Campus which was forecasted to get 4 to 7 inches tonight, it seems like mother nature has finally figured out it is football season just in time for district finals all around the Keystone state. Only time will tell which teams will get an early Holiday gift with an all expenses paid trip to Hershey in just a few weeks.

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