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Written by: on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

 

Steelton-Highspire receiver Tyrone Moore catches a pass in Friday’s 49-14 loss to Big Springs. Friday, October 22, 2021.

With time ticking down, the fans cheering and players and coaches hugging, the Big Spring Bulldogs completed one of the biggest upsets of the year as they took down the number one ranked PIAA Single-A team in the Steelton-Highspire Steamrollers 49-14. The biggest difference in the game was defense. The Bulldogs held the high-powered Steamroller offense to just 196 total yards while adding five turnovers. For the Bulldogs and the Big Spring community, it was Senior Night, and Senior running back Dillon Wakefield made the most of it. Wakefield finished the game with 146 yards rushing with three touchdowns while adding two catches for 27 yards and another touchdown. Also, leading the Bulldog offensive attack was Junior quarterback Ethan Eisenberg who finished with 140 yards passing with three touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. 

“It was a great game, our line blocked everyone, and scoring early against a team like this to keep the momentum going was key” Wakefield added. 

Right out of the gate the Bulldogs were able to score. On their opening drive, Wakefield was able to scamper in from six yards out. The point-after attempt was good by Colin Roberts making the score 7-0. The Steamrollers struggled on offense, turning the ball over on two straight possession which led to one Bulldog touchdown. Eisenberg would rush in after faking out two defenders for the 10-yard touchdown. Roberts nailed the pat giving the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead. 

The Steamrollers were able to find the endzone after being down. On fourth and goal from the 21, Alex Erby connected with Durrell Cessar Jr. for the touchdown. Tyrone Moore made the pat making the score 14-7 Bulldogs. 

However, the Bulldogs wasted no time answering. Eisenberg connected with Connor Black on a beautiful pitch and catch from 31 yards out to extend the lead to 21-7 after a Roberts pat. Things just kept getting worse for the Steamrollers. On the ensuing drive, on a punt, the ball went over the kicker’s head and after picking it up and trying to escape he was tackled in the endzone for the safety. This gave the Bulldogs a 23-7 lead with just 23 seconds left in the first half. 

To open the second half the Steamrollers turned the ball over on downs at their own 30-yard line. Just two plays later Eisenberg connected with Wakefield on a screenplay for the 28-yard touchdown. The Roberts pat was good giving the Bulldogs a 30-7 lead early in the second half. Wakefield would score on the next possession from 22 yards out giving making the score 36-7. And again Wakefield would find the endzone from 17 yards out making the score 43-7. 

After Wakefield’s two touchdowns the Steamrollers fumbled the kickoff giving the Bulldogs the ball at the 22-yard line. Two plays later Eisenberg connected with Caleb Massare from 23 yards out. Robert’s kick was no good making the score 49-7. And on the ensuing kick, Cessar Jr would take it back 78 yards for the Steamrollers touchdown making the score 49-14 which would be the final score of Friday night’s game. 

After the game coach Joseph Sinkovich commented on the big win on Senior Night, “I’m just so happy for these guys. They put so much time in and for them to go out like this they deserve it.” 

The Big Spring Bulldogs advance to 7-2 on the year with Friday night’s win and look to keep the momentum going as they take on Middletown next week. For the Steelton-Highspire Steamrollers, it is a tough loss but they will look to bounce back next Friday as they take on Boiling Springs. 

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