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Ethan Dorrell’s 4 TD’s lead Cedar Cliff to last minute win over Cocalico @CedarCliff_AD @CocalicoSports @CocalicoFball

Written by: on Friday, September 3rd, 2021


Cedar Cliff quarterback Ethan Dorrell threw for 237 yard and three scores and scampered 39 yards for another, leading the Colts to a 33-27, last minute win over Cocalico. But it was his play in the fourth quarter that was the deciding factor. “We knew and we talked to the kids all week about how fast and physical their linebackers are. We knew it was going to take a bit of time to get the run game traction. But once we got the run game going it actually opened up the passing game” said Cedar Cliff head coach Colin Gillen.

This wasn’t an easy game for anyone, including the refs who laid more laundry on the ground than an overturned hand towel rack at a Holiday Inn. More than 200 yards worth of laundry. At one point late in the fourth quarter it took 5 minutes to go 30 seconds in the game.  One player for Cocalico that found the game a bit easy was Cocalico running back Anthony Bourassa who carried the ball 26 times for 194 yards and three scores.

But it was Dorrell and Colt’s wide receiver that stole the show, literally. The two connected 8 times for 126 yards and 2 scores, including a nice 10 yard pass that set up the eventual game winning pass to KC Robinson.  “We just had a rough start but we started connecting and that’s what happens. Fourth quarter we just took over” said Smith.

The scoring started in the first quarter when, with 1:20 left Derek Witmer hit on a 32 yard field goal, one of two for him, to put the Colts up 3-0.


Then the Colts defense stepped up, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Alexander Sanders. Dorrell connected with Isaiah Maisonette from the 18 to make it a 9-0 game after the failed point after attempt. Cocalico roared back, driving 80 yards on the legs of Bourassa and a 38 yard pass from Blayke Taddei to Brycen Flinton. Bourassa finished the drive from the 10 to make it a 9-6 deficit with 6:39 left in the first half. Then, the laundry started hitting the ground.  Unlike the game winning drive, Cedar Cliffs last drive of the half seemed to take forever. The Colts reached the three yard line after driving 44 yards, but penalties kept them going back and forth. They eventually settled for Witmer’s second field goal from 26 yards out to take a 12-6 lead into the break.

As sparce as the scoring was in the first half, the second half saw the opposite. Both teams fired out of the box after Cedar Cliff punted on the first possession of the half. The teams scored on three straight possessions.  Taddei hit Flinton from 8 yards out to give Cocalico it’s first lead of the game, 13-12.


The Colts fired right back with Dorrell’s 39 yard run to make it 19-13 Cedar Cliff. Then the Eagle drove 68 yards capped by a one yard sneak from Taddei.  It looked like the Eagle had the momentum, especially when the defense got a stop took over at their 32. Once again, Bourassa shined. He broke loose for a 59 yard td run to put Cocalico up 27-19.


“Our offensive line did a great job of wearing them down and I thought right there at the end they really opened things up for us and that opened things up for us there at the end of the fourth quarter with the play action” said Gillen. The Colt’s closed the gap to 27-25 on a 9 yard pass to Smith that was set up by a perfectly floated 32 yard pass play between the two. They went for the tie but didn’t get the two points. After forcing a quick punt and getting the ball at the Cocalico 39 with just a few minutes left, Dorrell led the Colts down the field for the game winner, a 6 yard pass to KC Robinson with just 49 seconds left in the game.


Cedar Cliff plays CD East next week, a 28-21 winner over Warwick last night and Cocalico hosts top ranked Governor Mifflin.


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