Cocalico beats York 61-35 in D3 semis

I would have to say the pundits did not see this lopsided score coming.

The Cocalico Eagles have defeated the York Bearcats 61-35 in the District 3, 5A semifinal game this afternoon at Rettew Stadium in Manheim.

Coming into the game the Bearcats were averaging 47 points per game. They had completed their best season in 30 years.

Their star running back Stewart came into the game with 2,927 yards rushing. The most ever for a York-Adam and District 3 player.

But the Bearcats could not overcome the Cocalico Eagles’ (10-2) veer offense.

Cocalico (11-2) ran for 453 yards to advance to the district title game with a 61-35 win. Noah Palm, the Eagles QB, scored 4 running TDs.

The match-up was an even affair in the first half, with Cocalico leading 28-21 at halftime. The Eagles then exploded to start the second half with 28 straight points to take a 55-21 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The veer offense was producing both the modest gains and home runs. Seven of the Eagles’ nine scores were from more than 20 yards out. They scored on plays of 56, 46, 44, 34, 34, 29 and 21 yards. Cocalico punted once and did not turn the ball over.

This was the ninth District semifinal for the Eagles. They won two District titles back in the 1980’s and 90’s.

York High 14 7 0 14 – 35
Cocalico 14 14 21 12 – 61

First Quarter
YH – Rob Rideout 49 pass from Seth Bernstein (Brayan Rivero kick), 10:45.
C – Noah Palm 1 run (Daniel Engle kick), 9:42.
YH – Rideout 23 pass from Bernstein (Rivero kick), 3:33.
C – Austin Landers 34 pass from Palm (Engle kick), :26.

Second Quarter
C — Palm 34 run (Engle kick), 7:02.
YH — Bernstein 9 run (Rivero kick), :54.
C — Ben Sola 46 pass from Carson Nash (Engle kick), :30.

Third Quarter
C — Cody Shay 21 run (Engle kick), 11:00.
C — Palm 29 run (Engle kick), 5:52.
C — Garett Longenecker 56 run (Engle kick), 1:46.

Fourth Quarter
C — Ronald Zahm 2 run (kick failed), 8:16.
YH — Stewart 26 pass from Bernstein (Rivero kick), 5:29.
C — Palm 44 run (kick blocked), 2:59.
YH — Anthony Jamison 53 pass from Tobee Stokes (Rivero kick), 1:48.

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