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Written by: PFN Staff on Saturday, October 30th, 2021
St. Mary’s coach Chris Dworek has been coaching the game of football for 30 years. He’s won three District 9 titles and he’s a member of the Central Pennsylvania Coaches Hall of Fame. His track
St. Mary’s coach Chris Dworek has been coaching the game of football for 30 years. He’s won three District 9 titles and he’s a member of the Central Pennsylvania Coaches Hall of Fame. His track record is strong enough that he’s earned the right to coach a game as he sees fit with few questions asked.
But still, his decision to pull his starters last night against Tyrone in the fourth quarter of a game that was headed for high drama seemed a bit odd on the surface.
The game was tied 14-14 after Tyrone had scored on a run by Kolten Miller, and with 9:52 left on the clock and superstar quarterback Christian Courdiet beginning to really heat up, there was plenty of time for the Dutch’s high-octane offense to punch it in at least one more time.
Dworek had a different end-game scenario in mind, and it had very little to do with whether or not his team could squeak out a win over the Golden Eagles. Instead, he was thinking of the future and a game that meant a lot more than the regular season finale.
Opting to pull his starters, Dworek opened the gates on a 21-point fourth quarter for the Golden Eagles, who went on to win 28-14 at Gray-Veterans Memorial Field.
This was not, Dworek said, a popular decision among his players, but it was one he stood by, even after he saw the Dutch’s 8-game winning streak snapped. What it came down to, he said, was safely making it into the District 9 3A championship game next week, where St. Mary’s will face undefeated Clearfield.
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