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Marauder’s come back to win PIAA District 6 Class 1A Title (Gallery) @BGMarauderFball

Written by: on Saturday, November 27th, 2021

 

Cooper Rother scored the game winning td

Bishop Guilfoyle are your 2021 PIAA District 6 Class 1A Champions after coming back from an 11 point deficit in the fourth quarter, winning on a snowy, blustery cold night at Mansion Park by the final score of 24-21.

“We just faced so much adversity there. This might be the best feeling in my life” said Bishop Guilfoyle player Cooper Rother who had both the catch that you could say turned the momentum and then scored the game winning touchdown that put the Marauder’s ahead for the first time in the entire game.  Trailing 21-10 in the fourth quarter, BG quarterback Karson Kiesewetter converted on two “third and  long” plays, then scored from three yards out to get Bishop Guilfoyle within 3 after converting the two point play.

“It was third and 11, do or die. I ran a flag route and my quarterback just dropped that ball right on the money” said Rother of the huge pass play that set up the first of two fourth quarter touchdowns. “We just got the guys together in the fourth and said “let’s go win a title”. said Keiswetter. “We started the year slow, lost our best player in Hayden Packer but we started stepping up in the playoffs.  Our boys up front really turned it up in the second half.”

“Our defense really stepped it up” said BG head coach Justin Wheeler.  There in the fourth quarter they came up huge, and making that stop to forced the short punt, that was the key to the game.”

Juniata Valley jumped out of the gates quick and for three quarters held the momentum.  Jake Johnson led the Hornets on a 72 yard scoring drive to open the game, crossing the goal line himself from 2 yards out to put the Hornets up early.

 

BG battled back and got a 24 yard field goal from Devon Wyandt  with just over 5 minutes to play in the first half. Then the game opened up.  Johnson scored again from the 11 to put Juniata back up 14-3, but it took just two plays, a long completion to Patrick Reilly and a 13 yard run by Keisewetter to make it a 14-10 halftime score.

The Hornets got the first score of the second half when Jayce Rand turned the corner and went in from 12 yards out to put Juniata up 21-10 to start the fourth quarter.  It would turn out to be the last positive yardage drive of the game for Juniata Valley.

Key moment: After pulling to within 3, the Marauder defense forced a punt that went for negative yards, putting BG on the Hornet 39, leading to the eventual game winning score, a 12 yard run by Rother.

Keisewetter accounted for 276 yards of offense for the Marauders.

Juniata finished the season at 10-2.  The Marauders await their fate in a game between Old Forge and Canton being played today.

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