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Southern Columbia advances in Class 2A with win over West Catholic

Written by: on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


SLATINGTON – There was no hesitation for Southern’s high-octane offensive engine on Friday Night as the Tigers put the pedal to the metal right from the starting line in a 42-6 rout in the PIAA Class 2A Eastern Final at Northern Lehigh High School.

Southern Columbia (15-0) will play in their 17th state championship game and going for a state record nine state championships. The Tigers will face Wilmington out of District 10 a 27-6 winner over Steel Valley. The Tigers beat Wilmington 48-0 in last year’s Class 2A title game. 

The game got off to a slow start with both teams trading punts. The Tigers’ high-octane offense scored on three straight possessions to take a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

Southern’s star running back, Gaige Garcia, ripped off a 67-yard touchdown run with 9:04 left in the first quarter. The Tigers defense forced a Burrs’ punt on their next possession. 

They drove right down the field and capped off the drive with a 10-yard run right up the middle by Garcia with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter. The Tigers went for the two-point conversion. Stone Hollenbach hit Julian Fleming in the corner of the end zone for a spectacular one-handed catch and a two-point conversion. 

After a bad punt by West Catholic, the Tigers had good field position. Hollenbach found Preston Zachman for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 49.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter. 

The Tigers were clicking on both sides of the ball. On defense, Max Tillett intercepted a pass to setup the next score. Hollenbach went to Fleming for a 12-yard touchdown with 11:44 left in the first half. 

The Tigers’ offense sputtered the rest of the half and went into halftime leading 28-0.

Southern Columbia came out at halftime and took control of the game. The Burrs’ had to punt on their first possession of the second half. Two plays later, the Tigers Ty Roadarmel went 51 yards for a touchdown. 

The combination of Hollenbach to Fleming connected again. This time it was a 25-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to make it 42-0 with 6:11 left in the third quarter. 

West Catholic scored the final touchdown of the game. Tre Johnson hit Seth Degree for a 62-yard touchdown pass with 4:08 left in the third quarter.


Friday, November 30, 2018 1 2 3 4 Final
Southern Columbia 21 7 14 0 42
West Catholic 0 0 0 6 6


First quarter

SC – Gaige Garcia 67 yard run (kick failed) 9:06

SC – Gaige Garcia 10 yard run (Julian Fleming pass from Stone Hollenbach) 5:08

SC – Preston Zachman 14 yard pass from Stone Hollenbach (Ethan Dunkelberger kick) 49.6 

Second quarter

SC – Julian Fleming 12 yard pass from Stone Hollenbach (Ethan Dunkelberger kick) 11:44

Third quarter

SC – Ty Roadarmel 51 yard run (Ethan Dunkelberger kick) 9:35

SC – Julian Fleming 25 yard pass from Stone Hollenbach (Ethan Dunkelberger kick) 6:11

WC – Seth Degree pass from Tre Johnson (kick failed) 4:08


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