Below are quick recaps of each of the LebCo Football games played during Week 3. We strive to bring you as many details as possible from each game. Please keep checking back throughout the season as we continue to bring you the best coverage that we are able to provide.
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Littlestown 33, Annville-Cleona 21
Following a lightning delay, the game originally scheduled for 6 pm finally got underway at Littlestown’s home field shortly after 7 pm. Littlestown received the ball first and promptly drove down the field, using their ground attack to score the opening touchdown of the contest. In Annville’s first possession, they responded when QB Cam Connelly ran it in from 4-yards out. Following a successful extra point, the game was knotted at 7-7 with just over 3 minutes left in the 1st quarter of action.
After a long kickoff return, Littlestown’s Colby Hahn struck again quickly in scoring his 2nd touchdown of the night to give his team a 14-7 lead. The Thunderbolts kept the pressure on for the rest of the half, while Annville was unable to find the end zone. A blocked punt and a fumble did not make any easier for the Dutchmen, as Littlestown was able to capitalize. By the end of the 1st half, the score stood at 33-7.
When the teams hit the field for the 2nd half, Annville was able to hold their own. However, they were unable to find the end zone in the 3rd quarter. The highlight in the frame was a Darrian Halloway interception that stopped a Littlestown drive.
In the 4th, the Dutchmen finally broke through with a pair of touchdowns, a 14-yard run by junior Bryce Kelly and a 74-yard run by senior Cael Harter. With the score 33-21, the visitors were gaining momentum, but ultimately ran out of time. The Dutchmen are now 1-2 on the season ahead of opening Section 5 play next week.
Rushing: Cael Harter – 7 carries, 108 yards, 1 TD; Bryce Keller – 15 carries, 70 yards, 1 TD; Cameron Connelly – 12 carries, 17 yards, 1 TD; Yamaliel Navarro – 2 carries, 3 yards; Jonathon Shay – 2 carries, 11 yards
Passing: Cameron Connelly – 4/6, 42 yards
Receiving: Cael Harter – 2 receptions, 29 yards; Jonathon Shay – 2 receptions, 14 yards
Defensive Leaders – Jonathon Shay – 8 tackles, 5 solo, 1 tackle for loss; Jonathon Moran – 9 tackles, 6 solo; Hudson Sellers – 7 tackles, 5 solo; Cael Harter – 6 tackles, 4 solo; Darrian Holloway – 4 tackles, 2 solo, INT
Special Teams – Jonathon Shay – 3 punts, 32.0 avg.; Mina Elzek – 3/3 PAT
ELCO 49, Columbia 6
On Friday evening, the ELCO Raiders put their 2-0 record on the line when they hosted the small, but mighty Columbia Crimson Tide. There would be two major story lines in this game: 1) What would Jake Williams do after his 320 yard, 5 touchdown performance in Week 2 against Annville?; 2) Would the weather hold long enough to get the game in?
With Columbia getting the ball first, the Raiders held them on the first possession. It wasn’t long after that until Williams took a 52-yard run into the end zone. On the next Columbia possession, Justin Smuckerintercepted a pass to give ELCO another opportunity. It was on that set of downs where Columbia showed that they would not go away easily, as they forced a turnover on downs.
However, with just over two minutes left in the 1st quarter, it was Williams again, this time with a 66-yard touchdown run. At the beginning of the 2nd quarter, he scored his 3rd on an impressive 80-yard run, during which he broke several tackles before finding a clear path to paydirt.
With the score 21-0, Columbia converted a controversial personal foul call into a 1st down. They then had a long pass play that set up a score a few plays later. This made the score 21-6. Following a Columbia interception that ended another ELCO threat, that score would be the tally when both teams entered the locker rooms for halftime.
To start the 2nd half, Williams went straight back to work with a 57-yard touchdown run. Following a Brady Stoops fumble recovery, it was then Elliot Kreider who scored on an 8-yard run to make the score 35-6 less than three minutes into the 2nd half. About two minutes later, Williams would score his 5th touchdown of the evening, this time on a 51-yard run.
With the score 42-6, the mercy rule went into effect. It was Austin Yesko who would have the final score of the evening on a 40-yard run of his own. With the score 49-6 nearing the end of the 3rd quarter, the lightning began to flash. This sent the game into a delay and it was promptly called.
In just three quarters of action, it was Jake Williams who again impressed behind his team of blockers. He scored 5 touchdowns and racked up 356 yards to set a new ELCO record for the 2nd week in a row.
Please note the change of the final tally for Williams, as a stat correction moved his total rushing yards to 356 from a previously reported 358.
Rushing: Jake Williams – 15 carries, 356 yards, 5 TDs; Elliot Kreider – 4 carries, 16 yards, TD; Austin Yesko – 1 carry, 40 yards, TD; Steven Rosado – 2 carries, 16 yards; Mitchell Frederick – 4 carries, 32 yards
Passing: Steven Rosado – 1/3. 16 yards
Receiving: Phillip Horst – 1 reception, 16 yards
Video of Williams on his 80-yard TD
The Rest on Friday/Saturday
Palmyra 21, Donegal 14 [Final]
Friday night: QB Ryan Kowalski found Jon McDannell for a touchdown early in this game. It moved into a weather delay shortly after the Palmyra score.
Saturday: The Cougars trailed 14-7 with 2:50 remaining when Eli Rose caught a pass on a short route and broke it for a 61-yard score. After a quick defensive stand, Palmyra regained possession. Kowalski found Nate Eisenhooth on a 52-yard reception that took them to the 3 yard line. Braxtin Risser punched it in with :36 remaining. Donegal could not respond in the final seconds. Palmyra is now 2-1.
Rushing: Braxtin Risser – 15 carries, 58 yards, TD; Ryan Kowalski – 8 carries, 29 yards; Justin Kaplan = 8 carries, 17 yards; Nate Eisenhooth – 1 carry, 3 yards; Jon McDannell – 1 carry, 2 yards
Passing: Ryan Kowalski – 6/16, 150 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Receiving: Eli Rose – 2 receptions, 71 yards, TD; Nate Eisenhooth – 1 reception, 52 yards; Jon McDannell – 1 reception, 20 yards, TD; Kadan Readinger – 1 reception, 4 yards
Cedar Crest 29, Warwick 23 [Final – 3 OT]
After the game was postponed five plays into the action on Friday night, the Falcons appeared in Lititz again on Saturday morning. The game started with a stalled drive by Crest that was followed by a subsequent Warwick fumble that was forced by Christian Weaber and recovered by Cam Simone. Fernando Marquez then got the call, converting on a 7-yard run up the middle. Following a missed PAT, the score was 6-0 in favor of the visitors. Due to a series of miscues from each team, this remained the score through the rest of the 1st half.
With just over two minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, it was Alejandro Abreu with a 4-yard touchdown run. Following a successful PAT by Ethan Bowman, the Falcons carried a 13-0 lead heading into the 4th.
In the final frame, a Warwick interception led to a touchdown and successful PAT to make it 13-7 with just about nine minutes remaining. Three minutes later, Warwick had a 57-yard pick six. With the Warriors missing the PAT kick, the score stood at 13-13.
Neither team was able to score for the remained of regulation, which subsequently pushed the game to overtime. In the 1st OT, Warwick struck first to take a 20-13 lead. Cedar Crest responded with a hookup from QB Jackson Custer to Jack Waranavage from 4 yards out. With the PAT, the score was knotted at 20-20.
In the 2nd OT, each team traded field goals. In the 3rd OT, Warwick went first. With Crest stopping them, they had to settle for a field goal attempt. The snap was low and it turned into a broken play. With the chance to walk it off, Marquez was able to find the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown plunge. This score gave Cedar Crest the 29-23 victory. The Falcons are now 3-0 to start the season.
Rushing: Fernando Marquez – 17 carries, 45 yards, 2 TDs; Alejandro Abreu – 15 carries, 44 yards, TD; Jack Waranavage – 1 carry, 3 yards; Jackson Custer – 12 carries, -15 yards, long 11 yards
Passing: Jackson Custer – 12/27, 102 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs
Receiving: Owen Chernich – 6 receptions, 57 yards; Jack Waranavage – 3 receptions, 19 yards, TD; Leo Tirado – 1 reception, 17 yards; Aiden Schomp – 2 receptions, 9 yards
Defensive Leaders: Tristan Long – 11 tackles, 3 solo, 5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks; Owen Chernich – 7 tackles, 3 solo, INT; Cam Simone – 7 tackles, 2 solo, 1 tackle for loss, .5 sack, fumble recovery; Malachi Victor – 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, .5 sack; Seth Warren – 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack; Leo Tirado – 3 tackles, 1 solo, INT; Aiden Schomp – 3 tackles, 1 solo, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble; Christian Weaber – 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, .5 sack; Caleb Dorshimer – 4 tackles, 1 solo, 2 tackles for loss, .5 sacks
Ephrata 51, Lebanon 12 [Final]
Lebanon traveled to Ephrata to take on the rejuvenated Mounts. For a long time, Ephrata was an afterthought in the Lancaster Lebanon League. In recent years, they have become a decent program and entered the game with a 2-0 record after wins over Red Lion and Warwick. They proved that their first two wins were not by chance, building a 38-0 lead by halftime. The score was 51-0 in the 3rd quarter, but the Cedars did not quit despite what the scoreboard read. Lebanon scored two touchdowns before the clock expired.
For the Cedars, Kai Rivera scored on a 3-yard run and Josiah Wright scored on a 4-yard pass from QB Kareem Stoner. Oddly enough, both teams resisted 14 first downs in this contest, showing that Lebanon did sustain drives throughout the game. Ephrata just proved too much, sending the Cedars to an 0-3 record.
Rushing Leaders: Kai Rivera – 12 carries, 48 yards, TD; Mahkye Cortes – 1 carry, 8 yards; Kareem Stoner – 8 carries, 5 yards
Passing: Kareem Stoner – 16/29, 151 yards, TD, 2 INT
Receiving: Malachi Briddell – 6 receptions, 58 yards; Jahkeim Medlock – 4 receptions, 35 yards; Paul Trace – 1 reception, 27 yards; Braylon Beaver – 2 receptions, 17 yards; Derek Infante – 1 reception, 11 yards; Josiah Wright – 1 reception, 4 yards, TD; Kai Rivera – 1 reception, -1 yard
Northern Lebanon 25, York Tech 7 [Final]
In what was a game scheduled for Saturday originally, the Vikings traveled to take on York Tech. Northern Lebanon earned their first victory of the season, winning 25-7 over the Spartans. QB Kael Erdman threw two touchdown passes, a 3-yard pass to TE Luke Shaffer and a 26-yard strike to Bryan Mitzel. Moises Gonzalez scored two touchdowns via the ground, with one being from 5 yards out and the other being a long 26-yard run across the goal line.
Rushing: Moises Gonzalez – 4 carries, 33 yards, 2 TDs; Myles Watson – 8 carries, 16 yards; Bryan Mitzel – 1 carry, 5 yards; Eli Ostermayer – 3 carries, 6 yards; Jack Kleisath – 3 carries, 10 yards
Passing:Kael Erdman – 11/23, 136 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Receiving: Brendan Ryan – 2 receptions, 23 yards; Luke Shaffer – 3 receptions, 23 yards, TD; Tanner Feagley – 3 receptions, 48 yards; Bryan Mitzel – 2 receptions, 40 yards, TD; Brady Ryan – 1 reception, 2 yards
Defensive Leaders: Luke Shaffer – 15 tackles, 1 tackle for loss; Bryan Mitzel – 4 tackles, 1 INT; Tanner Feagley – 11 tackles; Moises Gonzalez – 3 tackles, 1 sack; Eli Thompson – 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble; Matthew Chernich – 2 tackles, 1 fumble recovery; Eli Ostermayer – 3 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery; Kyle Hitz – 7 tackles
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