Below are short recaps of each of the LebCo Football games played during Week 5. 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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Annville-Cleona 34, Columbia 7
The Dutchmen entered their clash in Columbia, riding high following their Week 4 win over Hamburg. They didn’t waste much time getting the first score of the game, a Cael Harter touchdown run. Following a 2-point conversion by Cam Connelly, Annville held an 8-0 lead. That score would remain until the end of the 1stquarter.
As seen in the game against ELCO, Columbia is a small team, but they fight hard. They held Annville in place, but the Dutchmen matched that defensive effort, highlighted by a Hudson Sellers Pick 6 that he returned for a touchdown. This game the visitors a 15-0 lead following a Mina Elzek PAT. Following a blocked punt that set the Dutchmen up deep in Columbia territory, Connelly scored on a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line. At the half, Annville held a 21-0 lead over the Tide.
Columbia remained feisty and scored first in the 2nd half to cut their deficit to 21-7. A series of defensive stops on both side of the field meant that this score would remain through the end of the 3rd frame.
Eventually in the 4th quarter, Harter broke a long 37-yard run to score and break the stalemate. That touchdown made the score 28-7, giving the Dutchmen some breathing room. On the next Columbia possession, Harter intercepted a Columbia pass attempt. With the ball back, the Dutchmen scored on a short plunge by Yamaliel Navarro to break across the goal line for a fifth Dutchman touchdown. Annville-Cleona forced a late fumble and won 34-7.
Annville’s run game collected 381 yards, with Harter leading the way with 192.
The win marked Coach Matt Gingrich’s 50th career victory.
Annville-Cleona is now 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in Section 5 play. They will play next week at home against Kutztown.
Rushing: Cael Harter – 20 carries, 192 yards, 2 TDs; Bryce Keller – 11 carries, 40 yards; Cameron Connelly – 10 carries, 33 yards, 1 TD; Yamaliel Navarro – 5 carries, 35 yards, 1 TD; Jonathon Shay – 7 carries, 81 yards; Team Total – 381 yards
Passing: Cameron Connelly – 0/2
Defensive Leaders: Hudson Sellers – 10 total tackles, 7 solo, 1 tackle for loss, INT, TD; Jonathon Shay – 10 total tackles, 5 solo, 2 tackles for loss; Cael Harter – 5 total tackles, 4 solo, INT; Darrian Holloway – 11 total tackles, 5 solo; Timothy Montijo – 5 total tackles, 3 solo, 1 sack; Luke Wentling – 5 total tackles, 4 solo, 1 sack
Special Teams: Mina Elzek – 3/5 PAT; Cameron Connelly – 2 point conversion
Lancaster Catholic 34, Northern Lebanon 13
The Crusaders marched into Fredericksburg sporting a 4-0 record, while the Vikings were winners of their last two. Lancaster Catholic did not waste any time in scoring, as they were able to take a 7-0 lead after only one drive. However, the home team responded by holding them the rest of the 1st quarter.
Two minutes into the 2nd quarter, Catholic was able to air it out with a 24-yard touchdown reception, giving them a 14-0. Before the end of the half, they would add another score following an interception. The two teams entered their respective locker rooms with the score 20-0.
The Crusaders looked to add to their lead in the 3rd quarter, but a major goal line stand led to a turnover on downs instead. After a long Viking drive, a fumble gave the ball back to Catholic. A 78-yard touchdown run avoided having to get past Northern Lebanon’s goal line defense again. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Catholic led 28-0.
On Northern Lebanon’s first drive of the 4th quarter, Myles Watson put points on the board with a 13-yard touchdown run. Following another Crusader touchdown, the Vikings again would respond, this time on a 7-yard touchdown toss from Kael Erdman to Brady Ryan. The game ended with Lancaster Catholic winning 34-13.
Northern Lebanon is now 2-3 overall and 1-1 in Section 5. Next Friday, they will hit the road to play against Schuylkill Valley.
We caught up with Coach Rice after the game and despite the loss, found many positives in the way that this team played, beginning with how they “could have easily just thrown in the towel after that first (Catholic) drive. I mean, they cut through us very quickly and scored in a short amount of time on very few plays.”
As Northern Lebanon held in the game, Rice gives, “Credit to our defense for that, you know proud of those guys for sticking their heels in the ground and continue to push.”
When it came to hanging with the defending Section 5 champion over the course of the entire game, Rice said, “I’m very proud of guys for responding second-half. I mean we executed a heck of a lot better offensively naturally in, in the stats game, but also to just pure execution.”
Rice continued, “They didn’t quit and they continued to fight. We were able to ride the rock with Myles Watson and Moises Gonzalez. Those guys are both very good ball carriers. It was great to see Myles get back in the end zone again.”
The other Viking touchdown scorer was freshman Brady Ryan. The head coach expressed his excitement in saying, “You know, very proud of him for that. His first score of his high school varsity career, so excited to see what? He’s able going to going to be able to do for us moving forward and I feel like that that second-half really showed a lot of what we’re capable of doing.”
With the way that Northern Lebanon battled, where does this leave them ahead of their Week 6 game against Schuylkill Valley? Rice said, “It’s just a matter of looking at these guys and telling them, ‘here’s an opportunity. How bad do you want it? And we’ll go from there.’” We’ll find out soon just how far the Vikings have grown from the experience of tonight’s battle.
Northern Lebanon Stats
Rushing: Moises Gonzalez – 4 carries, 90 yards; Myles Watson – 14 carries, 56 yards, 1 TD; Kael Erdman – 5 carries, 28 yards; Brady Ryan – 1 carry, 4 yards
Passing: Kael Erdman – 8/16, 98 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Receiving: Brendan Ryan – 1 reception, 22 yards; Luke Shaffer – 2 receptions, 36 yards; Brady Ryan – 1 reception, 7 yards, TD; Moises Gonzalez – 1 reception, 14 yards; Myles Watson – 1 reception, 6 yards; Bryan Mitzel – 2 receptions, 14 yards
Defensive Leaders: Luke Shaffer – 13.5 tackles; Kyle Hitz – 6 tackles; Tanner Feagley – 4.5 tackles; Moises Gonzalez – 4 tackles; Eli Thompson – 2 tackles, 1 sack
Special Teams: Garret Bohn – 1/2 PAT
Wilson 21, Cedar Crest 13
Cedar Crest played host to perennial powerhouse Wilson on Friday evening. The Falcons entered play with a 4-0 record and were fresh off a dominant win over Penn Manor. This game would serve as a measuring stick for the resurgent Cedar Crest Football program, to see just how far they may be able to take it this year. Wilson was 2-2, but had won their last two, including a 38-14 win over Reading to open league play.
With the game underway, the Falcons would stall on their first drive, leading to a punt to Wilson. The Bulldogs capitalized on their first possession and took a 7-0 lead midway through the 1st quarter. The Falcons responded by putting together a scoring threat, but a missed field goal kept them off of the board.
In the 2nd quarter, a 46-yard strike from Jackson Custer to Jack Waranavage set-up a 3-yard touchdown run by Fernando “Nando” Marquez. A missed PAT kept the score 7-6. On the ensuring Wilson possession, the Bulldogs converted on a 35-yard touchdown pass to make the score 14-6 with just over one minute left in the half. A quick three-and-out, followed by a long punt return allowed for another Wilson touchdown pass before the halftime break.
With the score 21-6 coming out of half, the Falcons had their work cut out for them. After a Wilson turnover, quarterback Custer was able to run it in from 15 yards out. A successful PAT made the game 21-13.
The Falcons continued to force turnovers (three total on the day), which included a Logan Oriel interception. With time continuing to disappear from the game clock, the Falcons drove down the field, converted on a key 4th down, and parked themselves in scoring position. Unfortunately, the dreams of a comeback ended when Wilson returned the favor and forced an interception. The game ended with Cedar Crest having one less touchdown.
Cedar Crest is not 4-1 and 1-1 in Section 1. They will travel to Reading next Friday.
*Special thanks to Chad Thomas for tagging us on Twitter/X throughout the game
Cedar Crest Stats
Rushing: Jackson Custer – 9 carries, 78 yards, long 29 yards, TD; Fernando Marquez – 11 carries, 38 yards, TD; Alejandro Abreu – 9 carries, 62 yards
Passing: Jackson Custer – 13/22, 138 yards, 2 INTs
Receiving: Jack Waranavage – 3 receptions, 70 yards, long 46 yards; Owen Chernich – 8 receptions, 49 yards; Aiden Schomp – 2 receptions, 19 yards
Defensive Leaders: Caleb Dorshimer – 12 tackles 2 solo, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack; Malachi Victor – 10 tackles, 2 solo, 1 tackle for loss, .5 sack; Owen Chernich – 8 tackles, 4 solo, 1 fumble recovery; Kenyon Figueroa – 7 tackles, 1 solo; Aiden Schomp – 6 tackles, 1 solo, 1 tackle for loss, .5 sack; Logan Oriel – 5 tackles, 1 solo, 1 INT; Tristan Long – 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble; Seth Warren – 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble; Leo Tirado – 2 tackles, 1 solo, 1 fumble recovery
Exeter 51, Lebanon 0
Last season, Exeter’s season ended with a loss to Cocalico in the 5A District 3 Finals. They started this season with a 4-0 record and welcomed Lebanon on Friday night. Exeter would score early and often in this contest, building a 29-0 lead by the end of the 1st quarter. They added to this lead In the 2nd quarter, sending them to halftime with a 51-0 lead over the Cedars. After the fireworks of the 1st half, the 2nd half did not offer any scoring.
Lebanon is now 0-5 (0-2 in Section 2). They will host Conestoga Valley next Friday night.
*Special thanks to Nolan Sellers for tagging us on Twitter/X throughout the game
Rushing: Camron Buchmoyer – 6 carries, 29 yards; Jahkeim Medlock – 4 carries, 8 yards; Paul Trace – 3 carries, 7 yards
Passing: Paul Trace – 5/27, 41 yards, 2 INT
Receiving: Derek Infante – 2 receptions, 23 yards; Braylon Beaver – 2 receptions, 10 yards; Malachi Briddell – 1 reception, 8 yards
Defensive Leaders: Braylon Beaver – 6 tackles; Corbett Brickle – 4 tackles; Paul Trace – 4 tackles
Mifflin County 20, Palmyra 10
Palmyra won one game in 2022. They entered tonight’s home game against Mifflin County with a 2-2 record. Towards the end of the 1st quarter, Mifflin County looked to get points on the board to break the 0-0 tie. The play resulted in Palmyra taking it the other way after the kick was blocked and taken by Charles Stewart 86 yards to the house. After a successful PAT by Matt Bordner, the Cougars would hold a 7-0 advantage.
In the 2nd quarter, Mifflin County would tie up the game. Palmyra would take the lead again before half when Bordner successfully connected on a field goal attempt. They entered halftime leading 10-7.
In the 2nd half, mistakes in the forms of penalties and turnovers (see stats) would ultimately hurt Palmyra’s chances at a win. The visiting team would score once in the 3rdquarter and then added another touchdown in the 4th quarter. Mifflin County won the game 20-10.
Palmyra’s record now stands at 2-3 (0-2 Keystone). Next Friday, they will travel to take on Lower Dauphin.
Rushing: Braxtin Risser – 17 carries, 127 yards, long 42 yards; Justin Kaplan – 4 carries, 22 yards; Nathan Eisenhooth – 1 carry, 8 yards
Passing: Ryan Kowalski – 10/19, 94 yards, INT
Receiving: Jon McDannell – 3 receptions, 30 yards; Braxtin Risser – 3 receptions, 27 yards; Eli Rose – 1 reception, 25 yards; Nathan Eisenhooth – 2 receptions, 7 yards; Justin Kaplan – 1 reception, 5 yards
Defensive Leaders: Eli Rose – 4 tackles, 6 assists; Kyle Konnecke – 4 tackles, 6 assists; Keagen Kleinfelter – 4 tackles, 4 assists; Nathan Eisenhooth – 3 tackles, 4 assists; Jon McDannell – 1 tackle, 7 assists; Logan Howard – 3 assists, fumble recovery
Special Teams: Matt Bordner – 1/1 FG (32 yd), 1/1 PAT; Charlie Stewart – blocked field goal, fumble recovery, TD
Turnovers: Palmyra 4, Mifflin County 1
Penalties: Palmyra 11-69, Mifflin County 6-67
Wyomissing 28, ELCO 14
On a rain-soaked afternoon, ELCO traveled to Wyomissing in a game that may end up deciding the eventual winner of Section 4 of the Lancaster Lebanon League. Both teams entered the day with unblemished 4-0 records, fueled by powerful running games. Last season, Wyomissing defeated ELCO 42-0 on their way to eventually finishing the year as a PIAA State semifinalist. For both teams, their style of offense is what was best suited for the slog that was awaiting them.
Halfway through the 1st quarter, Wyomissing scored on a 54-yard run in their first possession. After a botched Wyomissing punt attempt, ELCO took advantage of a short field, tying it up with ten minutes left in the half. It was Jake Williams on the 3-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 7-7.
Less than three minutes later, Wyomissing’s Drew Forrey broke another long run, this time 24-yards, to score his 2nd touchdown of the day. With Wyomissing holding onto a 14-7 lead, ELCO’s Coach Miller decided to go for it on 4th down, pinned on their own 21 yard line with just three minutes left in the half, rather than risk a bad punt in risky conditions. While it resulted in a turnover on downs, the bold move was inconsequential, as the ELCO defense held Wyomissing off of the scoreboard. When the teams left the field to seek dryer conditions during the halftime break, they did so with Wyomissing leading 14-7.
When the two teams took the field to start the 2nd half, Wyomissing again hit with their powerful running game with Forrey breaking a 50-yard touchdown run. Forrey’s 3rd touchdown of the afternoon game them a 21-7 lead. Moments later, ELCO was able to respond when Williams crossed the goal line at the end of a 25-yard run.
With the score 21-14, Elliot Kreider completed a key interception, giving his Raiders a chance to tie the game. Unfortunately, the Wyomissing defense did not break and forced an ELCO punt that was downed at the 2-yard line. Wyomissing proceeded to drive down the field to give themselves some breathing room with just under eight minutes remaining in the game. The score remained 28-14 the rest of the way.
Though, a valiant effort that shows that the gap between the two teams is closing, ELCO is leaving Wyomissing with their 1st loss of the season. While we often joke that ELCO doesn’t throw the ball, one has to wonder how the game may have been affected if some extra wrinkles could have been deployed if the conditions had been drier.
The Raiders are now 4-1 (1-1 Section 4) and will now prepare to play at home next Friday night against Cocalico, another extremely tough Section 4 opponent.
We spoke with Coach Miller after the game about the effort his Raiders put forth today against one of Pennsylvania’s premier programs.
Here is what he told us: “This wasn’t some kind of Herculean ELCO effort. Honest to God, this is who the Raiders are. These are tough, physical kids who play with their hearts and focus on their team and never on the scoreboard. Today’s battle isn’t a surprise. The only people surprised are those who don’t know football or these young men. Those people don’t matter. I’m proud of our kids. We will get better and go 1-0 tomorrow.”
Rushing: Jake Williams – 22 carries, 128 yards, 2 TDs; Elliot Kreider – 10 carries, 33 yards; Mitchell Frederick – 3 carries, 9 yards; Steven Rosado – 1 carry, 8 yards
Passing: Steven Rosado – 2/4, 33 yards
Receiving: James Prosser – 1 reception, 30 yards; Mitchell Frederick – 1 reception, 3 yards
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