Wilmington advances to title game, PIAA championships set

Staff Writer

District 10 champion Wilmington advanced to the Class AA state championship game with a 20-18 win over Beaver Falls Friday night.

Darren Miller rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns, Ethan Susan gained 92 yards on the ground, and quarterback Caelen Bender scored for the 11-0 Greyhounds who will meet powerhouse Southern Columbia (11-0) who is making a sixth straight trip to the championship game. The Tigers have won the past four state titles – beating Wilmington 48-0 in 2017, and 49-14 in 2018. Last season they defeated Avonworth 74-7 in the championship game and beat Philadelphia Bishop McDevitt 42-14 Saturday for their 59th straight win.
The Greyhounds last won the title in 2008. Saturday’s game will be played at Hershey Park Stadium (11 a.m.). They defeated District 9 champ Ridgway 45-27 in the PIAA playoffs in 2019 and beat this year’s champ Karns City 42-14 this season.

Thomas Jefferson (4-A) and St. Joseph’s Prep of Philadelphia (6-A) will be looking to repeat as champs.
Thomas Jefferson knocked off District 10 champ Oil City, 62-0 Friday night. The Jaguars defeated Dallas 46-7 to claim the 2019 state title and will meet Jersey Shore in Saturday’s championship contest at Hershey Park Stadium (3:30 p.m.). The Bulldogs beat Lampter-Strasburg 39-25 to punch a ticket to the title game for the first time.

St. Joseph’s defeated Souderton 51-42 on Saturday. The Hawks have played in all 6-A championship games since they began in 2016. They lost the 2017 title tilt and will meet Central York in the championship game being played Saturday at 8 p.m. at Hershey Park Stadium. The Panthers defeated Erie McDowell 37-21 Saturday in Altoona at Mansion Park and are the first team from York County to ever advance to a state final in any class.

Jeanette beat District 10 champion Reynolds 48-12 Friday night and will play Steelton-Highspire Friday (11 a.m) at Hershey Park Stadium for the Class A title. Steelton defeated Bishop Guilfoyle 16-14 on Saturday. Farrell won the past two state championships was moved to Class AA this season. Jeanette won the title in 2017.

Central Valley, 49-20 winners over Bedford, and Wyomissing, 44-14 winners over Danville, will play for the Class AAA championship Friday at Hershey Park Stadium (3:30 p.m.). Wyoming Area won the title in 2019.

The 5-A title game will pit Cathedral Prep against Pine Richland. Prep advanced with a forfeit over Upper Dublin due to COVID-19. Pine Richland beat Governor Mifflin 48-44 on Saturday. The championship game will be played Friday night at Hershey Park Stadium (8 p.m.). Arch Bishop Walsh won the 2019 title.

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