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Penns Valley advances to D6 2A title game with 34-14 win over BEA, Romig has a big night (gallery)

Written by: on Thursday, November 10th, 2022


Not since 1991 has Penns Valley played for a District 6 championship. Tonight they earned a trip back to the title game with a 34-14 win over BEA. They’ll face Bishop Guilfoyle, a 32-22 winner over Richland. Ironically, Richland has ended Penns Valley’s playoff run the past several years. Brandon Bailey, the head coach of Richland, was the quarterback at Forest Hills during that title game. “This was a tussle between two good teams and we were very fortunate to outlast them” said Rams head coach Marty Tobias.

The key to the win for Penns Valley came in the beginning of the fourth quarter. BEA had just gone 96 yards, 88 of them came when Gavin Eckley tore loose for the big gain. Trailing just 21-14, the Eagles weren’t able to punch the ball in to tie the game. Penns Valley then went on a 99 yard drive to put the game away. Ty Watson, (120 yards rushing) carried the ball 4 times in the drive, one for 55 yards then a 4 yard td to put the Rams up 27-14 with 8:27 left in the game. “Carson Nagle is an amazing quarterback. We knew we had to make him uncomfortable becase the last time we played he just sat back there and picked us apart” said Tobias of the defensive effort put forth by the Rams.

Gavin Ryan had two sacks during the game. “We give credit to everyone on the team. That stop was huge. Our main goal was to shut down the pass game” said Ryan. “No question. They did a great job all night bringing 6-7 guys. We had a great opportunity there and they make the stop. It’s a different game if we get that” said head coach Jesse Nagle.

The game started off like a boxing match. Two sluggers trying to feel each other out, and they played to a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter, however, was the opposite. Both teams scored 28 points in a matter of just two minutes.

Penns Valley had the ball on their own 25 and drove the distance with Jackson Romig hitting Hunter Lyons for the 5 yard td pass. It took just 4 plays, 71 yards and 39 seconds for the Eagles to strike back. Carson Nagle hit Cam Watkins for a 57 yard gain, then he found Kahale Burns for the 25 yard td to tie the game.

Three plays later, Romig took off for a 41 yard td run putting the Rams back up 14-7 at the 10:03 mark. One play after that, Nagle hit Watkins for a 70 yard td strike to tie the game again. Things then settled down again for a while, until near the end of the second quarter. Penns Valley drove 58 yards to regain the lead when Tobias went to a little trickery. Danin Kerstetter took the ball on the reverse, pulled up and tossed a perfect pass to quarterback Romig putting the Rams up 27-14 with 3:24 left in the half. “We like to mix it up a little, get all the kids involved” said Tobias. Romig accounted for nearly 300 yards on offense, 171 passing, 91 rushing and the 20 yard td pass.

After the Rams extended their lead to 27-14 on the 99 yard drive, BEA gave it one more shot to get back in the game. The Eagles drove deep into Rams territory, but Kollin Brungart sealed the win picking off Nagle and rumbling 87 yards for the final score of the game. “It all starts with the line. They’re the base of our offense. They do what they do and that gives us the opportunity to make big drives like that” said Romig of the 99 yard drive.


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