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Bishop McDevitt Punches Ticket to Semifinal With Win Over Camp Hill @McDevittLancers

Written by: on Saturday, November 14th, 2020


The Bishop McDevitt Lancers defeated the Camp Hill Lions 26-14 Friday night.

Friday night the Bishop McDevitt Lancers battled the Camp Hill Lions in a showdown to see who would advance to the PIAA 2A state final four. The lancers would come out victorious Friday night winning with a score of 26-14 and in the game Lancers Senior quarterback Nick Santo took control throwing for 187 yards and a touchdown. Along with Santo, the Lancer’s defense came to play. Forcing five turnovers and adding three sacks in the game Also, with this win, this is the first Bishop McDevitt team to make it to the final four. 

The Lions came right out of the pen and on the opening drive, Lions quarterback Daniel Shuster hit Cam Ochs for a huge 47-yard touchdown to open the game. The point-after attempt by Shuster was good giving the Lions an early 7-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, the Lancers failed to field the kick and the Lions took over at the 19-yard line with momentum. However, this would only last a short bit as just two plays later after a huge Lancers sack for a loss of 10 yards, Joachim McElroy intercepted Shuster in the endzone and returned it to the 23-yard line. 

The Lancers were driving down the field after the interception until a fumble gave the ball back to the Lions at the 32-yard line. The Lions would drive down to the 19-yard line and would end up stalling and forced to attempt a field goal. The 36-yard attempt was no good keeping the score at 7-0 Lions. The Lancers would jump after the missed field goal. On the first play from the 19-yard line, Lancers running back James Bermudez would scamper for 51 yards. And just three plays later Keon Kenner would take the ball from four yards out for the touchdown. The point-after attempt was no good, keeping the Lions lead at 7-6 with 1:02 left in the first quarter. 

The Lions would use trickeration on their following possession to add to the lead. From the 15 yard line, Shuster dumped the ball to Christian Doi which then threw the ball to Peter Chelap for the Lions touchdown. The point-after attempt by Shuster was good, extending the Lions lead to 14-6 with 10:44 to go in the second quarter. 

The Lancers would take the ball and drive it down Lion’s throat on the following possession from the 9-yard line on a fourth and four attempt the Lancers failed to convert. The end of the half was nearing and the lancers knew they had to make a play to get the ball back and score before the half. Shuster dropped back to pass and Lancers middle linebacker Semaj Bridgeman leaped and got the interception the Lancers were looking for. Bridgeman returned the ball to the 45-yard line and six plays later Kenner rushed in from 8 yards out. The point-after attempt was good. This closed the Lions lead to just one going into the half with a score of 14-13. 

The Lancers opened up the second half with the ball but after a three and out were forced to punt the ball away. Just three plays later the biggest play on the night happened when Lancers defensive back Emmanuel Sia stepped in front of the Shuster pass and returned it 50 yards for the touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good giving the Lancers their first lead of the night 19-14. 

On the interception return, there was a taunting penalty and on the ensuing kickoff, there was a false start that forced the Lancers to kick from the 20-yard line which the Lions took advantage of by starting with the ball at the 48-yard line. The advantage didn’t last long for the Lions as the very first play of the drive Shuster hit Ochs for a huge gain of 20 but Ochs coughed the ball up at the end of the run and it was recovered by Lancers Kelvin Zoomie. The Lancers would use the turnover and add to their lead. After a few run plays Santo dropped back and delivered a dime to Bridgeman for a 32-yard touchdown. The point-after attempt was good giving the Lancers a 26-14 lead with 3:59 to go in the third quarter. After the game, Bridgeman commented on his 32-yard score saying “ It was good to see the ball in the air and just wanted to catch it for the touchdown.” 

After the Bridgeman touchdown, there was no scoring the rest of the game but there were many opportunities. To close out the game Zoomie would get an interception and the Lancers drove down to the three-yard line but fumbled and recovered at the three-yard line. The Lions couldn’t convert on offense and were forced to punt the ball away. Just a few plays later Lions Elijah Dearment intercepted Santo at the 27-yard line. The Lions would fail to get anything going on offense and they ended up fumbling recovered by Lancers Khadir Rowe to seal the game. 

With this win, the Lancers punched their ticket to the next round of the 2A state playoff where they will face the winner of Richland and Southern Columbia which will be played Saturday the 15th. For the Lions, their playoff push is over but they can still play one more regular-season game. After the game, Bridgeman added, “ We were the first ones to make it to the final four in the history of McDevitt and it feels great to make history especially since we’re a young team.”

Box Score-

C- Camp Hill BM- Bishop McDevitt

Score by quarters

C- 7 7 0 0

BM- 6 7 13 0

First Quarter

C- Cam Ochs 47 yard pass from Daniel Shuster (Shuster pat)

BM- Keon Kenner 4 yard rush (pat no good)

Second Quarter

C- Peter Chelap 15 yard pass from Christian Doi (Shuster pat)

BM- Keon Kenner 8 yard rush (pat good)

Third Quarter

BM- Emmanuel Sia 50 yard interception return ( Two-point conversion no good)

BM- Semaj Bridgeman 32 yard pass from Nick Santo ( pat good)

Total Yards- C- 279 BM- 425

Rush Yards- C- -3 BM- 238

Passing Yards C- 282 BM- 187

Individual Statistics

Rushing- Camp Hill, Shuster 10- 2, Doi 4–5, Bishop McDevitt, Kenner 14-108, Bermudez 11-97, Baskerville 5-33

Passing- Camp Hill Shuster 16-35-3-267, Bishop McDevitt Santo 12-16-1-187

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