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TYRONE JUMPS TO NO. 2 POSITION AFTER BIZARRE WIN OVER ST. MARY’S

Written by: on Saturday, October 30th, 2021

 

Flying Dutch pull starters with game tied in the fourth

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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