Warwick was close to having their undefeated dream regular season end with a loss but they stepped up and defeated Hempfield in Landisville to win 34-20.
The Warriors lead was shaved to 27-20 after the Black Knights’ junior QB Cameron Harbaugh scored on a 15-yard run with 5:04 remaining in the third quarter.
Warwick will now prepare for their District Three Class 5A semifinal game next Friday. Seeded No. 2, they will host third-seeded New Oxford at Grosh Field.
“That’s the best team we’ve played all year,” Warwick coach Bob Locker said of the Knights. “They play in Section One, they’re a young team, they’re well-coached and they made us work very, very hard.”
Warwick senior RB Colton Miller ran for 94 of his game-high 117 yards in the second half and scored on a four-yard TD run to make it 34-20.
The Knights (3-4 overall), led by Harbaugh (17-58 rushing; 14-of-20, 140 yards passing with a touchdown) had one more possession, but the Warriors recovered a fumble at midfield and ran out the clock.
Warwick amassed 249 of its 347 offensive yards in the opening half, taking a 27-13 lead into the break. It was a back-and-forth affair until the Warrior capitalized on a couple of big plays and then went on to score two touchdowns in the final 8:47 to snap a 13-13 tie.