Daequan Hardy ran for a 62-yard touchdown and intercepted two passes as the Penn Hills football team defeated Archbishop Wood, 20-13, in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals on Friday night at Chambersburg High School.
Wood (9-4), the two-time defending Class 5A champs, started the game’s scoring with a 25-yard field goal by Bobby Hennessey.
Terry Smith responded with a 75-yard touchdown run for Penn Hills (15-0). Then after another field goal from Hennesssey, Penn Hills went into halftime with an 8-6 advantage.
Hardy’s long touchdown run came at the end of the third quarter to give Penn Hills a 14-6 lead. Penn Hills went up by two scores early in the fourth after Dante Cephas tossed a 37-yard touchdown to Richard Martin.
Wood quarterback Jack Colyar threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Cardel Pigford with nine minutes left to pull the Vikings to within seven.
Wood got the ball with 1 minute, 49 seconds to go on its own 44-yard line trailing by a touchdown. As it did much of the night, though, the Penn Hills defense held strong, forcing a turnover on downs to seal the victory.
The Vikings started their playoff run with a 57-6 victory over Simon Gratz in the District 12 title game. They advanced to the semifinals with a 38-7 win over Holidaysburg. The loss to Penn Hills keeps Wood from trying to claim its third straight state title.
Penn Hills will play Manheim Central (14-0) next Friday at HersheyPark Stadium in the Class 5A title game after the Barons defeated Upper Dublin, 34-12, on Friday.
Lauren Ross penciled herself into the Shipley High School record books on her first shot of the game against Lawrenceville.
The senior guard’s field goal helped her surpass the 1,000 point milestone and lead the Gators' girls' basketball team to a 73-32 victory against Lawrenceville.
Ross, who will continue her basketball career at St. Joseph’s, finished with 16 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Zoe Shoemaker tallied 17 points, including four 3-pointers, as Friends' Central defeated Baldwin, 45-39. Raanee Smith added 15 points. Madison Smith recorded six points and 14 rebounds.
Jaye Haynes notched 17 points and six rebounds in Germantown Academy’s 54-43 win over Abington Friends. Maddie Vizza added 12 points and five assists. Elle Stauffer had seven points and 11 rebounds and Rachel Balzer tallied six points and four assists.
Westtown beat Penn Charter, 61-53, behind Halle Brown’s 18 points. Amaya Douglas scored 13 points and JoJo Lacey recorded 12.
Justin Anderson scored 18 points as the Phelps School beat Prestige Prep, 63-54. Derrell Jones added 14 points, and Malik Slay and Ronnie Ellis recorded 10 apiece.
Academy of New Church edged Penn Charter, 54-45. Glenn Sabb led the Lions in scoring with 18 points. Jordaine Dawkins tallied 11, Isaac Marshall added nine and Anthony McCall scored six.
Khai Champion and Chaz Owens scored 18 points apiece in Shipley’s 67-62 win over Mercersberg. Khalil Farmer added 12 points and Joey Gruzinski recorded 11.