Homer-Center storms past Bishop Guilfoyle for District 6 “A” title
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, November 24th, 2013
It was a dark and stormy night. Ok, I’ve finally used the most famous line in history, only I’d also like to add it was cold, blustery and snowing. Those conditions made for a game that, until the 4 minute mark in the fourth quarter, was played basically “between the 40s”. Up to that point the Marauders of Bishop Guilfoyle used a stifling defense and just enough ball control offense to hold the Wildcats in the middle of the field all night while leading 12-8. But faced with 4th and 3 from the 50 and time running out, Wildcat quarterback Aaron Berezansky stood in the pocket against a fierce Marauder rush and delivered a strike to Ean Lee that went for 10 yards and a first down. The running back then finally delivered what the Homer-Central crowd was waiting for all night: a bruising 18 yard run that, aided by a face mask penalty, set the Wildcats up at the 11 yard line and followed it with an 11 yard touchdown dash to give his team the lead and enough momentum to take home their first District 6 A title since 1994 with a 22-12 win.
“That was amazing the way our boys hung around and took the momentum. That pass play was key. Aaron did a good job of delivering that ball” said Head Coach Greg Page.
Following the go ahead score, the Marauders muffed the kick and the ball rolled back to the one where Brandon Chadboum picked up the “frozen rock” but only managed to get to the 9. After an incomplete pass, Chadboum took the snap and was immediately chased by a familiar face. That face was the daunting figure of defensive lineman Shawn Steffee. The 244 pound tackle got his second sack of the night, and this one was in the end zone giving the Wildcats 2 more points. “That boy might be big but he’s fast” said coach Page.
Bishop Guilfoyle would attempt an onside kick following the safety but the ball skipped across the sideline giving Homer-Center the ball and Chadboum scored the final points of the night on an 18 yard run.
Bishop Guilfoyle took the early lead in the game on a 75 yard scoring run from D.J. Kitton, the Marauders second possession of the night. The point after was no good and B.G. held the early 6-0 lead.
Homer-Center took their first lead of the game early in the 2nd quarter with a 9 play drive that was finished with a 1 yard run by Lee. The junior RB then took the 2 point play hand-off and, in what looked like a rugby scrum, 22 men pushed against each other until the entire pile fell into the endzone giving the Wildcats a 2 point lead with 9 minutes to play in the half.
Bishop Guilfoyle took the lead back when Brandon Chadbourn found a wide open Sam McCloskey and delivered a beautiful 17 yard scoring pass. The Marauders tried for the 2 point conversion but couldn’t punch the ball in. Coincidentally, this would be the last time either team would get within 45 yards of the endzone until the end of the fourth quarter.
Homer-Center will face Steelton-Highspire at Hersheypark Stadium next week in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
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