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TWITTER (X) RECAP: Dallas Knocks Out Bishop McDevitt 26-23 in Double Overtime

Written by: on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023. Follow Bruce Badgley on Twitter.


SLATINGTON – When two undefeated teams meet this late in the season it is usually a very tight battle. District Three Champ and defending State 4A Champion Bishop McDevitt came into its 4A semifinal matchup with Dallas from District Two Friday night as a solid favorite. Each team squeaked by opponents last week to survive and advance in the 4A bracket.

This 4A semifinal game turned into a hard-fought, see-saw affair from the start.  In the end, the Dallas special teams proved to be the deciding factor in the game.  The Mountaineers’ Rowan Laubach kicked a 26-yard field goal in Double Overtime to defeat Bishop McDevitt 26-23 and send Dallas to the 4A title game in Cumberland Valley.  The loss ended a 26-game winning streak by Bishop McDevitt.

Special teams play was the deciding factor in the Dallas victory.  The Mounts blocked a punt and turned it into a touchdown. They recovered two onside kicks and one led to a go-ahead TD. They blocked an extra point and a field goal in the second overtime. Rowan Laubach kicked two field goals including the game-winner. They held the vaunted Crusader kick and punt return game in check in the contest.  Not a bad night’s work.

McDevitt’s initial TD drive was the only point in a defense-dominated first quarter.  It was 7-0 McDevitt after one.

Halfway through quarter two, Dallas broke through.  A blocked McDevitt punt was turned into a TD.  An onside kick ensued and was recovered by the Mounts.  As we closed out the half, Nick Farrell’s TD for Dallas put the Mounts up 13-7 at the break over the Crusaders.

We had lots of action in quarter three, but only one score.  The Crusaders’ Rico Scott caught a TD toss in a crowd from Saunders to tie the game at the end of quarter three.

The fourth quarter was all about the kickers.  Laubach with one more for the Mounts, then Gerard Lulinda drills the equalizer with under a minute left in regulation.

And onto overtime we went.  Each team scored a TD and extra point in the first OT.

In the second overtime, Dallas blocked a McDevitt field goal attempt to start.  Dallas was next.  In came Rowan Laubach on second down for his field goal attempt.  When it went through, everything and everyone in baby blue came unglued.  The Mountaineers had earned a berth in the 4A championship Thursday Night.



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