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PIAA Class 2A Title Game Team Preview: The Southern Columbia Tigers @SoCoTigerSports @gavingarcia_ @Derek_Berlitz

Written by: on Thursday, December 9th, 2021

 

The Southern Columbia Tigers

PIAA District 4 – Class AA
League: Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference – Division 3
Head Coach: Jim Roth

Overview:

When it comes to playing for a PIAA Championship, there is no program across the commonwealth that is more familiar. The Tigers will play in a record 20th state final on Friday afternoon. The two teams tied for the second most, Cathedral Prep and Thomas Jefferon each with nine, don’t equal that amount combined. Southern is looking to win five straight PIAA Championships, something that has only ever been accomplished one other time in the Keystone State’s history. The Tigers also won five in a row from 2002-2006.

In SCA’s previous two wins this season, the Tigers have beaten both opponents by 42 points. The program’s all-time state championship game record is 11-8 with six wins coming in Class 1A and the last five in Class 2A. Overall, this is the seventh straight season that Southern will represent the eastern part of 2A in Hershey since being moved up a class in 2014, the only year that they haven’t made it in the higher classification.

How they got to Hershey:

OVERALL PCT LEAGUE PCT HOME AWAY STREAK
14-1 0.933 5-0 1.000 8-1 6-0 W9

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME/SCORE

08-21 Valley View  vs. Valley View (SCR) Tiger Stadium SCR (W 27-7)
08-27 Berwick  vs. Berwick (7-5) Tiger Stadium W 43-0
09-03 Bloomsburg  @ Bloomsburg (4-7) * Panther Stadium W 41-0
09-10 Loyalsock  vs. Loyalsock (7-5) * Tiger Stadium W 51-15
09-17 Wyoming Area  @ Wyoming Area (10-2) Jake Sobeski Stadium W 37-30
09-24 Mount Carmel  vs. Mount Carmel (10-3) * Tiger Stadium W 40-14
10-01 Wyomissing  vs. Wyomissing (15-0) Tiger Stadium L 21-41
10-08 Central Columbia  @ Central Columbia (3-7) Blue Jay Stadium W 49-0
10-15 Hughesville  vs. Hughesville (1-9) * Tiger Stadium W 41-7
10-22 Selinsgrove  @ Selinsgrove (8-4) * Harold L. Bolig Stadium W 49-7
10-30 Danville  @ Danville (8-5) Ironmen Stadium W 55-3
11-06 Line Mountain  vs. Line Mountain (2-8) (DP) Tiger Stadium W 62-14
11-13 South Williamsport  vs. South Williamsport (7-4) (DP) Tiger Stadium W 41-7
11-19 Mount Carmel  vs. Mount Carmel (10-3) (SP) Tiger Stadium W 41-14
11-26 Richland  vs. Richland (11-3) (SP) Tiger Stadium W 62-20
12-03 Northern Lehigh  @ Northern Lehigh (11-4) (SP) Lehighton Stadium W 56-14
12-10 Serra Catholic  vs. Serra Catholic (14-1) (SP) Hersheypark Stadium 1:00 pm

Key players/Stats:

Sr. Gavin Garcia – 2,255 rushing yards, 38 TD’s

Jr. Braeden Wisloski – 887 rushing yards, 10 TD’s

Jr. Wes Barnes – 858 rushing yards, 14 TD’s

Sr. Jake Rose – 541 receiving yards, 8 TD’s

So. Garrett Garcia – 198 tackles, 5.5 sacks

Sr. Derek Berlitz – 90 tackles, 12 sacks

Fr. Dominic Fetterolf – 136 tackles, 2 INT’s

Offensive keys to winning:

Take care of the football. After turning the ball over five times in their only regular season loss in a decade, the Tigers have turned the ball over just four times in their five postseason games. Serra Catholic has forced an incredible 20 turnovers over the past three weeks.

Although the four-time defending PIAA champions haven’t had to throw the ball often, establishing a successful passing game early will keep the Eagles from loading the box which will make room for the three-headed monster of the Tiger backfield to get into space behind a veteran offensive line.

Last week, all three backs (Wisloski, Barnes, and Garcia) eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark as the team only had to attempt two passes. With Jim Roth (PA’s all-time winningest coach) calling out the plays, expect the offense to be clicking on all cylinders.

Defensive Keys to winning:

Get a push from the defensive line. With the team’s two leading tacklers being the inside-linebackers, Southern can free up their athletic second line to make stops if the front four plays physical. With their opponent being a balanced offense, allowing the back seven to focus on assignments will go a long way in executing the plan on defense.

The Tigers have registered 35 sacks and 46 hurries thus far and want to continue to bring the heat on the opposing quarterback. Garcia is approaching the 200-tackle milestone on the year, and Berlitz is two sacks away from the program’s single-season record.

Having a defensive coordinator like Andy Mills, who has been in the position for all 38 years of Roth’s tenure, calling out signals provides the defense with confidence as this is the 20th time SCA has been in the state final.

Starting Lineups:

Southern Columbia
Defense
57 Austin Reeder 12 5-11 195
28 Trevor Yorks 12 5-8 175
87 Derek Berlitz 12 6-2 245
64 Logan Sharrow 11 6-3 190
16 Michael Zsido 12 5-11 175
3 Wes Barnes 11 5-9 185
32 Dominc Fetterolf 9 6-0 190
23 Garrett Garcia 10 6-0 185
33 Connor Gallagher 12 5-11 165
29 Jake Rose 12 6-2 195
5 Gavin Garcia 12 5-9 185
PK Isaic Carter 10 5-11 190
PR Gavin Garcia
PR Jake Rose
KR Gavin Garcia
KR Braedon Wisloski
Southern Columbia
Offense
65 Joseph Quinton 12 6-0 200
54 Carson Savitski 12 6-2 250
53 Gabe Leffler 12 6-0 195 
72 Brett Horton 11 5-11 200
74 Chris Treshock 11 6-2 260
30 Ryan Kerstetter 11 6-1 175
29 Jake Rose 12 6-2 195
10 Blake Wise 10 6-0 145
24 Braeden Wisloski 11 5-11 185
5 Gavin Garcia 12 5-9 185
3 Wes Barnes 11 5-9 185

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