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Central York Pulls Away from Hempfield @HempfieldFB @centralyorkFB @MrEagerHHS

Written by: on Saturday, September 11th, 2021

 

Hempfield battles but comes up short against state power Central York 35-21

With a tied ballgame at halftime (14-14), the Black Knights appeared to have momentum on their side. The problem was Beau Pribula and company stuck to the ground game mostly in the second half to hold of Hempfield 35-21.

Ranked by many Polls as one of the top teams in the state the Panthers appeared to be running away with things early. Pribula found Brandon Watson with the sunset in his face from 7 yards out putting them up 7-0. The Central York Defense was hounding Hempfield Quarterback Cam Harbaugh in the second half, atoning for 3 sacks in the first quarter alone. After the third sack Harbaugh’s punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Joseph Alue making it 14-0 in the first with still 6 minutes remaining.

Coach George Eager and his squad would fight back as Harbaugh connected on two touchdown passes to Aidan Shorter and Thomas Minnich to tie things back up at 14-14 heading into halftime. Minnich’s touchdown followed by a Braydon Feisinger Interception had the Hempfield crowd chanting overrated. Momentum was clearly on the Black Knights side as they had outgained the Panthers by nearly 100 yards (200-109) “We felt like we had momentum from the second quarter going into the half” Coach Eager said “We just made too many mistakes, when you play a really good team the sad part is we talk about it all the time we know we cant do it”

The second half was a different story as Central York stuck to the ground gain. To begin the third quarter Pribula marched the Panthers on a 15 play 7 minute drive and took a keeper in from 7 yards out making it 21-14. Special Teams did the Black Knights no favors on the night as Harbaugh dropped the snap and the Panthers recovered at their 35 yard line. Two plays later Pribula made them pay with a touchdown pass to Imere Manigault from 27 yards out making it 28-14 “We started going to our run game, the offensive line played phenomenal tonight” Beau Pribula said. “When we run the ball well, it opens up the passing game”.

The next possession Harbaugh fumbled on a qb draw and Central York would use the ground game to put this one away. Juels Goff took it up the middle putting the game away for the Panthers 35-14. The Black Knights fought hard til the end, Grant Hoover took the ensuing kickoff 89 yards to pay dirt to pull them to 35-21. The final few minutes the Panthers and Pribula used more clock to cap it off and improve to 3-0 on the season “I said at halftime, you know guys I need to do a better job, because we can run the football, when you have a guy as talented as Beau you sit there and go and say geez am I not throwing it?” Coach Gerry Yonchiuk said “We have been a second half time since I got here, and I said to the guys, what are we? Lets go out and do what we can do.”

Hempfield (1-2) was not done any favors with their early season schedule will turn around at home to face Exeter. Central York (3-0) will travel to Red Lion, as they will look to keep their championship hopes moving forward

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