Cocalico wins District 3, Class 5A title

After the first 3 minutes of the game the Cocalico Eagles were leading 14-0. By halftime the score 38-0.

Noah Palm once again led the Eagles (11-2) to victory and this time is was the PIAA Class 5A championship game against Cedar Cliff.

This is the Eagles first District championship win since 1994 and third overall. They played Manheim Central in the District title game last year and lost.

They will now get ready to face Cheltenham, the District One champions, in the PIAA Class 5A semifinal game next week.

Cocalico needed just two plays to take a 7-0 lead as Steven Flinton took a pitch 59-yards to the house. Three plays after the ensuing kickoff Cocalico’s Cody Shay picked off Cedar Cliff quarterback Gannon McMeans at the Colts 37-yard line and returned it to the 4-yard line.

Three plays later Noah Palm pushed it in from 1-yard out and the route was on.

Following another Cedar Cliff (10-3) punt, Palm and company needed just three plays to score from 70-yards out with Palm accounting for 67 of those yards. The score came on a 27-yard keeper in which Palm faked the handoff, carried right, faked a pitch and darted the rest of the way untouched.

In all Cocalico took advantage of Cedar Cliff mistakes in the first half, scoring 17 points off Colts turnovers in building the 38-0 lead at the break.

The Cocalico defense did a good job bottling up Cedar Cliff star Jaheim Morris. Holding him to 44 yards on 17 carries.

The New Hampshire commit, Palm, led the way running for 118 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns. Flinton had 5 carries for 85 yards in the contest as well for Cocalico.

They will play Cheltenham for the right to move on to the state finals. That game will be at Hershey Park Stadium at 6 PM Friday November 29th.

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