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Written by: on Friday, December 10th, 2021

 

Hershey – Serra Catholic’s tremendous 2021 season ended Friday afternoon at Hershey Park Stadium.

The Eagles were on the losing side of a 62-25 contest against Southern Columbia. Though the outcome wasn’t what they wanted, head coach Jose Regus couldn’t be more proud of his Eagles.

“It was a great season,” said Regus. “When you come into a championship game, you need to beat the champion to become champion. They played a heck of a game against us. The ball just didn’t bounce our way today.”

Regus went to the hospital on March 1st went. He couldn’t walk with what he thought was a back injury. Six months later, he discovered he had chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

Serra Catholic dedicated their 2021 season to their head coach, and what a season it was, the Eagles won their first WPIAL Title since 2007 with a 35-12 victory over Beaver Falls on November 26th.

The Eagles then knocked off previously unbeaten and number one ranked Farrell 27-18 in the semifinals on December 3rd.

Friday afternoon, the Eagles ran into a juggernaut in Southern Columbia who has now won 74 of its previous 75 games, which featured a 65-game winning streak, and the Tigers have now won their fifth straight state championship.

Both teams scored on their opening possessions as the Tigers struck first on Braeden Wisloski’s 1-yard run. Terrell Booth hauled in a 56-yard touchdown pass from Max Rocco to tie the game at seven after a quarter.

 

Southern Columbia scored three times in the second quarter to take a 28-7 lead into the locker room.

Wisloski scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Blake Wise before Gavin Garcia scored on runs of 32 and two yards.

Garcia rushed for a game-high 175 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. The Tigers rushed for 419 yards 59 attempts in the game.

“It’s a challenge to try and prepare for those three guys in the backfield,” said Regus. “Their offense is not the type that we see a lot during the season. At times we were able to contain them, but in the end, they made more plays than we did.”

Late in the third quarter, Serra Catholic scored twice to get themselves back into the game.

Jayvon Campbell-Holt scored on a 30-yard pass from Rocco, while Zach Weber hauled in an 80-yard pass down the near sideline with nine seconds to play.

 

Serra Catholic trailed only 28-19 after three quarters.

“We came out to play in the second,” said Regus. “Our guys are a championship-caliber team, and they were going to come out and play a four-quarter game. We were not going to give up. We were going to finish.”

Once the fourth came about, the Tigers turned it on and showed why their five-time defending state champions.

The Tigers scored 34-fourth quarter points and ended up with a mercy-rule victory.

Wisloski scored on runs of four and seven yards. Garcia added a 7-yard run, while Matt Masala and Louden Murphy scored on runs of two and 70 yards, respectively. Wisloski added 65 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns. Wes Barnes added 111 yards rushing on 15 attempts.

Serra Catholic also got a touchdown when Booth and Rocco hooked up for an 82-yard touchdown.

Rocco had a big game throwing the football going 18-for-35 for 378 yards and four touchdowns. Due to sacks, he finished the game with negative 80 yards rushing. The Eagles as a team finished with a negative 74 yards on the ground.

“We were able to move at times on offense, but we just could not get the ball to bounce our way today,” said Regus. “We missed out on a few turnovers I felt we should’ve had, and you need those brakes to beat a team like this.”

Terrell Booth led all receivers with five catches for 172 yards with two scores. Jayvon Campbell-Holt finished the game with 67 yards on five catches.

Serra Catholic closes their season with a 14-2 record, though silver wasn’t what they wanted. It will look good in the trophy case.

“This group has performed and been a great bunch of kids all season long,” concluded Regus. “This group went out with a bang. The scoreboard wasn’t what we wanted. For us to be able to finish as the second-best team in Pennsylvania Class 2A, it’s an accomplishment.”

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2021 PIAA Championships – Serra Catholic vs Southern Columbia

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