NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania (WYTV) – After Greenville’s defensive stand inside the five-yard line sealed the Trojans’ 21-14 victory tonight over Sharon to make their first trip back to the district championship game since 2001.
Greenville (11-1) has won ten straight games now. Coach Brian Herrick’s bunch defeated Sharon (22-20) on October 24 to finish out their 2014 Region 3 schedule.
To open the scoring Gage Gladysz found Ben Reiser on a 36-yard touchdown strike to give the Trojans’ an early 7-0 lead.
With 56 seconds remaining in the first half, the Tigers’ A’Royal Ali returned an interception 65-yards to tie the game at 7. However, on the final play of the second quarter, Gage Gladysz tossed a 10-yard pass to Aaron Emmett to give the Trojans’ a 14-7 advantage entering the intermission.
To begin the second half, Sharon attempted an on-side kick as the Tigers recovered the loose ball on Greenville’s 47 yard line. After a Andrew Tomko 10-yard run for a first down, Tomko found Ziyon Strickland on a 34-yard pass for a game-tying touchdown (14-14).
Greenville began the second half with a drive which saw the Trojans’ garner five first downs which culminated on a 6-yard Nick Black touchdown.
Within the closing moments, Sharon had the ball on Greenville’s three-yard line on fourth down. The Tigers’ Tomko ran for the ball for no gain as Greenville secured their biggest victory of the year.
G – Ben Reiser, 36-yard TD catch from Gage Gladysz (Casey Eells kick), G 7-0
S – A’Royal Ali, 65-yard interception return (Martwinski kick), T 7-7
G – Aaron Emmett, 10-yard TD catch from Gage Gladysz (Eells kick), G 14-7
S – Ziyon Strickland, 34-yard TD catch from Andrew Tomko (Martwinski kick), T 14-14
G – Nick Black, 6-yard TD run (Eells kick), G 21-14
Next week, Greenville will take on Hickory for the opportunity to play for the District Championship.
PIAA Class AA Playoffs Sweet 16
Western Half of the Bracket
District 6: Mount Union (12-0) vs. winner of Tyrone (10-1)/Huntingdon (6-5)
District 10: Hickory (9-2) vs. Greenville (11-1)
District 9/5/8: Chestnut Ridge (10-2) vs. Karns City (10-1)
District 7: South Fayette (12-0) vs. Aliquippa (12-0)
Eastern Half of the Bracket
District 4: Montoursville (8-4) vs. Loyalsock (9-3)
District 3: Berks Catholic (12-0) vs. Wyomissing (11-1)
District 12/1: Neumann-Goretti (8-4) vs. Springfield-Montco (6-6)
District 2/11: Dunmore (11-1) vs. Northwestern Lehigh (11-1)