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Southern Columbia cruises past Mount Carmel, wins another district title By: Tyler Harden

Southern Columbia cruises past Mount Carmel wins yet another District Title
By: Tyler Harden

CATAWISSA— Southern Columbia has dominated all season long, so it was no surprise that they’d find themselves back in the 2A District 4 Title Game.

The Tigers were set to take on Mount Carmel Area, and the Red Tornadoes knew they needed to execute on all cylinders in order to pull off the unbelievable upset. So what did they do to start the game? They onside kicked, and recovered.

However, the Tigers defense wasn’t on the field for very long, as they forced a three and out on back-to-back sacks. From there, Southern Columbia stepped on the gas.

Gavin Garcia put the Tigers on the board first with a 46 yard touchdown run. (Haupt PAT) Julian Fleming then caught a 23 yard pass from Preston Zachman on their next drive to put the Tigers up 14-0 (Haupt PAT). Gaige Garcia then ran for a 22 yard touchdown, and Julian Fleming caught a 4 yard pass from Zachman to put the Tigers up 28-0. (Haupt PATs). And yes, this was all in the first quarter.

But the Tigers didn’t stop coming into the second, as Wade Korstetter caught a 3 yard pass from Zachman. (Haupt PAT) Gaige Garcia scores the last two touchdowns, the first a 48 yard run, and the second a 60 yard run. (Haupt PATs)

The game, however, was not all about Southern Columbia’s dominant offense, as the game was delayed by two incidents. Mount Carmel Running Back and 1,000-yard rusher, Shane Weidner, was driven off the field during the second quarter in an ambulance after being knocked into his bench on a kickoff return. The ambulance was coming from Bloomsburg which contributed to the 35 minute delay.

In the third quarter, a near-brawl broke out near the Tigers’ sideline. As a result, two amount Carmel players were ejected, and this delay was about 10 minutes long.

When the clock finally ran out in the 4th quarter, the Southern Columbia Tigers had officially won their 27th district title in 29 years. The Tigers stay undefeated at 13-0, and they get set to take on Upper Dauphin, who is also undefeated at 12-0, in the PIAA 2A State Quarterfinals at Selinsgrove High School this Friday, November 22nd at 7 P.M. Mount Carmel’s season comes to an end, and they finish at 10-3.