Biglerville will need to pull off a second straight upset over the District 3-AA's top seed to keep its season alive.
When Biglerville knocked off Hanover in Week 9 of the York-Adams League regular season, it ended the Nighthawks' bid at a perfect season.
The Canners, led by Head Coach Alex Ramos, then backed up that victory by eliminating Hanover from the District 3-AA playoffs last Friday, this time on the road. Now, Biglerville (8-3) will try to hand another team its only loss of the year and make it all the way to Hersheypark Stadium on Black Friday with a chance to become District 3-AA champions.
This Saturday afternoon, the fifth-seeded Canners will travel to top-seeded Wyomissing to take on the 11-0 Spartans in Class AA semifinal action, a much taller task than Hanover.
In almost every classification of District 3, there are some powerhouses that are always threats to win titles. Class A has Steel-High and Camp Hill; Class AAA has Bishop McDevitt and Manheim Central; and Class AAAA has Cumberland Valley, Central Dauphin and Wilson. Well, consider Wyomissing one of the powerhouses in Class AA.
The Spartans rank seventh all-time in District 3 titles in any class with seven, owning a program record of 27-14 in the District 3 playoffs. However, after making its first appearance in the Class AA tournament in 1996, Wyomissing is 20-9 with four championships.
This year, the Spartans were not only a force on offense, but incredibly stingy on defense. Wymoissing’s offense has scored 472 points in 11 games, or 42.9 per game. Meanwhile, it’s allowed just 70 all season, or 6.4 per game with three shutouts. The Spartans' closest win of the year was a six-point victory over Berks Catholic in the final week of the regular season. Coincidentally, that was also the game when they scored the fewest points on the season (34) and tied for the most points they allowed in a game (28).
Meanwhile, Biglerville pulled off the only upset in the Class AA tournament and was one of two teams to pull off an upset in the entire District 3 playoffs. The Canners are led by their two-headed monster in the backfield in Colton Sentz and Dayne Showers. The two have combined for 1,331 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. Sentz, who also kicks the team’s extra points, is the Y-A League’s leading individual scorer, accounting for 141 points.
At quarterback, Ben Hurda has passed for 1,533 yards through last week’s playoff game, completing just under 54 percent of his throws. However, he’s only thrown one more touchdown (nine) than interceptions (eight), so the dynamic playmaking at the quarterback position isn’t necessarily there.
It’ll take another upset for Biglerville to continue its season. But, based on the quality of opponent that will be on the other side of the field, it’ll be extremely shocking if the Canners’ season continues.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org.