Central York moves on to 6A finals

PIAA Class 6A football semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Mansion Park:

The Central York (10-0) football team continued its incredible season with a 37-21 win over McDowell in the PIAA Class 6A semifinal at Altoona’s Mansion Park Saturday. It was the program’s first appearance in a state semifinal.

It was also the team’s closest game yet this season. The Panthers led by just six with the third quarter winding down. They had been stagnant on offense all third quarter and had allowed a McDowell defensive touchdown that put the Trojans back in the game.

McDowell came out of the locker room ready to play as Braeden Soboleski took a Chris Juchno pass to the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown. After an interception by Mathew McGregor in the red zone, McDowell drove down and Justo Rivera plowed in from 1 yard out to give the Trojans a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.

Central York went to work to get the momentum back in no time.

Penn State recruit Beau Pribula launched a deep ball to Judah Tomb to the 11 before taking it in to the end zone on a quarterback keeper on the next play.

The Panthers got the ball back right away and Pribula scored from 2 yards out to tie the game at 14. Isaiah Sturgis then scored on a 2-yard run and Tomb hauled in a 42-yard touchdown pass from Pribula and suddenly it was 27-14 Central York at the half.

“They didn’t change a whole lot. We had dropped balls and a bad snap and I know the ball was wet. Those things get you behind schedule,” Orlando said. “Central York has a really good offense that averaged (55) points per game, but we were up and had the momentum but they got the momentum back in the first half. This is a game of momentum.”

McDowell struggled to finish drives the rest of the way as Central York took halftime to make adjustments to the Trojans’ offense and the running ability of Juchno.

The historic run for the Central York Panthers continues after beating Erie McDowell in the 6A state semifinals on Saturday, 37-21.
The Trojans jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Panthers roared back with 27 unanswered points in the second quarter.

Central York (10-0) moves on to the PIAA championship game for the first time in program history on Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium against Philadelphia powerhouse St. Joseph’s Prep. McDowell ended the season 7-1 after its fourth trip to the PIAA semifinals.