While Penn Cambria still is in the running for a District 6 Class AA football playoff berth, Ernie Fetzer won't be guiding the Panthers in their quest for the postseason.
Fetzer, a 30-year veteran as a head coach in the region, abruptly resigned his post with the Panthers on Wednesday, according to Twitter reports. It also was reported that Fetzer stepped down as Penn Cambria's athletic director, as well.
According to television station WJAC, assistant Tony Tomaselli will take over as the Panthers' head coach for the rest of the year.
Penn Cambria is 4-4 heading into Saturday's game at Westmont Hilltop, where Fetzer coached 14 years and won 99 games. After going 9-3 last season, the Panthers were expected to be a strong contender for the District 6 Class AA championship and opened the year with four straight lopsided wins before going on a four-game losing streak, dropping three of those games by seven points or fewer.
Fetzer, 64, told the Mirror in August that he probably would retire at the end of the year. He had a record of 48-36 in eight years at Penn Cambria and a 182-127-3 career benchmark.
- Philip Cmor