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Backfield Duo Reaches Milestone In Tiger Title

Written by: on Saturday, November 19th, 2022


Barnes, Wisloski top 3K in win over MCA

There’s nothing better than revenge. The Tigers got it over their rival who had beaten them just weeks before, but Southern Columbia now gets the bragging rights in the matchup that mattered the most against Mount Carmel Area.

In addition to Southern winning a record 30th District 4 Championship, two seniors set milestones in the process. Combining for 375 yards on the ground in a 48-18 victory over previously unbeaten Mount Carmel Area, fullback Wes Barnes and halfback Braeden Wisloski joined 10 other former Tigers by going over 3,000 yards in their career.

“Everyone had us as the underdogs coming in with them being undefeated, but we took their field on a snowy night and dominated,” said Wisloski who finished with three touchdown runs, two of which that went for more than 50 yards.

In the regular season loss to their rival, Barnes was sidelined with an injury that forced him to miss six games after tearing ligaments early in a game at Danville.

“My opinion watching from the sideline was that they weren’t a team that couldn’t be beaten. I didn’t feel like we were amped up for the game in the regular season,” said Barnes whosetouchdown run of seven yards gave the Tigers the lead for good with eight seconds left in the first half. “We seemed tentative the first time we played them, but we were amped up for this one.”

Southern Columbia legendary head coach Jim Roth has been leading the charge for 25 of the 26 players that have ran for more than 2,000 yards in their career. That number is more than any other program in the country, and he feels that the two newest members of the 3K club have earned their way into the record books.

“They compliment each other so well. Braeden has that speed and cutting ability that you can’t really teach. Wes is a tough-nosed runner that brings on the contact as he fights for yardage,” said Roth who now has 30 district titles to his name in the last 32 years.

In the second half, the Tigers didn’t throw any passes, and they were able to take command after being on the short end of the sticks from the referees. In the opening half, Southern was issued nine penalties, including a questionable holding call that erased a 38-yard yard scoring play from Wisloski compared to MCA who wasn’t flagged at all.

Wisloski finished with 16 carries for 193 yards while Barnes carried the pigskin 24 times for 182 yards.

“I had no idea that I was close to the point of going over 3,000 career yards, but that is cool. Ultimately, all Braeden and I care about is that we keep winning,” said Barnes who is up to 3,014 rushing yards in his career.

The state quarterfinal next week will be one featuring two defending state champions. Bishop Guilfoyle, the defending PIAA Class 1A state champion, beat Penns Valley on Friday 49-28. Due to the amount of transfers that the non-boundary school had come in last cycle, the Marauders were forced to move up to Class 2A.

The offensive line played hard this week. They worked their butts off all week at practice, and they did a great job. We know they will do it again next week,” said the Maryland Terrapin commit Wisloski who is up to 3,008 yards in his Tiger career.

Next week’s game following Thanksgiving will be at a site yet to be determined, but the Tigers will be traveling again.

After many players went to Cumberland Valley Middle School on Friday morning to cheer on the girls soccer team in their PIAA Class 1A title victory, the traveling doesn’t seem to affect the Tigers on game day.

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