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Northern Bedford wins first District 5 title since 1995 on last second blocked field goal

Written by: on Friday, November 10th, 2017



Josh Dasher stole the night, and the win with that blocked field goal to give Northern Bedford it’s first District title in a long time. “There was a million emotions going through my mind. I saw it coming for me and I thought “this is really going to happen”. Northern Bedford took a 17-14 lead with just 2:28 left in the game. “We were just in attack mode, we knew we were going to have to fight harder. Our line, everyone, we just had to work hard all game” said Dasher of that drive.

The Panthers took the first lead of the game on a trick play with just 2:21 left in the first quarter. “That was something we worked on all week. It was something we thought, we have a list of shot plays we may need. We thought let’s just try one early and see what happens” said Head Coach Gary Black. We executed it to perfection and the was monstrous. “To get out to the lead was really beneficial to us.” On the play, quarterback Dan Foor hit a quick out to Garrett Clouse, who turned and tossed it to Dasher. Josh did the rest streaking 49 yards to the endzone.


The Panthers increased their lead to 10-0 on a 21 yard field goal from Jacob Keller. They took that lead to halftime. On the opening drive of the second quarter, Jeremy Layton intercepted a Foor pass at the Windber 41. The following series would change the pace and momentum of the game. Windber was forced to punt, the ball went straight up in the air into the stiff wind that prevailed all night. The Panther players scrambled trying to get away from the ball. “We thought someone touched it, we tried to pounce on it and lost it” said Black. Windber turned the momentum around on that play. “The muff there totally changed the momentum there” said Windber coach Matt Grohol. Windber drove the length of the field, eventually scoring on a 3 yard run from Cody Simanski to cut the Panther lead to 10-7 with 3:38 left in the third.  We get the score, then we hit the jump pass for the lead. That jump pass from Tommy Hanik to Layton made it 14-10 Ramblers with just 5:47 left in the game.


Hanik to Layton for 65 yard score

With the title on the line, the Panther offense moved the ball to the 18 thanks to some untimely penalties by the Ramblers. “We just went into work mode” said Foor. “I had all the confidence in my guys. They helped us out a bit with those penalties, it’s just a great feeling.” Foor hit Garrett Clouser from 18 yards out for the go ahead score. “I’m just so darned proud of these guys” said Black after the game. For Windber coach Matt Grohol, it was a bitter sweet end to the season. “What  a year they had. We worked our guys so hard, they just wanted it so bad but we had a great season, I’m just so proud of them.”

Northern Bedford will move on to play Farrell next Friday at Slippery Rock University, 7 pm.


Distric 5 1A Champs

The game winning score


Symanski 4 yard td

Keller 21 yard field goal

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