West York's football team is going back to Hersheypark Stadium.

The Bulldogs combined a relentless running game with a clutch defense to defeat Susquehanna Township, 31-7, on Friday night to earn a place in the District 3 Class AAA championship game.

West York will take on Bishop McDevitt in a matchup of 13-0 teams at 7 p.m. next Friday in Hershey.

It will be the Bulldogs' first appearance at the stadium since winning the 2008 district title there.

"It's awesome, it's the best feeling in the world," West York center Brody Kern said of his team's chance to play for another district championship.

"Our backs played great tonight, but our line played great, too."

The Bulldogs, who never trailed in the game, rushed for 369 yards against a defense that held Manheim Central to 138 rushing yards in the quarterfinals.

Brock Snellbaker led the way with 120 rushing yards and a touchdown. James Johnson supplied 95 yards and a TD, and Steve Wilson delivered 86 yards.

"All week long in the Harrisburg news they've been saying West York doesn't have a running game, West York doesn't have a running game," Snellbaker said.

"I talked to the backs and said, boys, we have to pound the ball. Our line moved their defensive line, and we got rolling with the running game."

West York's offensive line imposed its will on a 97-yard touchdown drive and an 80-yard TD march. The Bulldogs attempted a total of just one on the two drives.

"At this time of year, you have to be able to run the football," West York head coach Ron Miller said.

"It felt like this week people were questioning our ability to run the football. Jim Snellbaker, our offensive line coach, got those guys ready to rock and roll."

The players executed the game play perfectly.

"That's all about the kids up front, and Steven Wilson, James Johnson and Brock Snellbaker, they ran hard," said Miller who was wearing a Hershey Pennsylvania shirt following the game.

While the offense clicked mostly all night, the defense more than did its part by supplying huge plays.

After West York's Chris Markel kicked a 21-yard field goal to open the scoring, the Bulldogs' Nick Duncker intercepted a pass on Susquehanna Township's next possession and returned the ball 52 yards to the end zone.

"Every time I get a pick (interception), he goes, you stole that one from me, you stole that one from me," Snellbaker said. "This time, he came underneath, got the pick and returned it for a touchdown. It was huge, it put us up 10-0."

Later in the game, Susquehanna Township drove inside West York's 5-yard line twice only to come away with zero points each time. Connor Daugherty batted down a fourth-down pass attempt on the second drive.

Along with Snellbaker, Johnson and Duncker, Brandon Kinneman scored a touchdown for West York on a 1-yard run to cap a 69-yard scoring drive. Markel was four for four on extra-point attempts.

West York, which set the bar high this year with a goal of getting to Hershey, achieved its objective. It will now set its sights on stunning state-ranked Bishop McDevitt which has won the past two District 3 AAA crowns.