Hilton’s field goal wins it for Farrell
HERSHEY — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic came away a foot or two short of a PIAA Class 1A state championship a couple of times Thursday in a 10-7 loss to Farrell at Hersheypark Stadium.
Brian Hilton Jr.’s 22-yard field goal, that was just long enough, lifted the Steelers to a victory, but it was a play a few downs prior to that kick that the Marauders will be thinking about for a long time.
On third-and-goal from the 5-yard line during the first possession of overtime, Keegan Myrick’s jump pass to Andrew Yanoshak caught Farrell completely off guard.
Myrick had been running as the quarterback out of the shotgun snap throughout the game but never showed any signs of throwing the ball until that play. The ball was tossed a fraction too high, giving Steelers defensive back Brice Butler just enough time to pry it out of Yanoshak’s hands at the last second.
“We practiced that all the time,” Myrick said. “The wind was bad, so it wasn’t perfect, but still, it was a great fight. No one but us thought we were going to come this close to winning, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team and how we played.”
Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said the Marauders had been sitting on the jump pass play for quite some time, hoping for an opportunity to use it.
“We worked on that a lot, and we definitely had an opportunity there,” Wheeler said. “Andrew has made so many big plays, and no game comes down to one play, so I know he’s upset right now, but I couldn’t be prouder of his effort the whole game. He kept us in the game defensively.”
Play of the game: The Myrick-to-Yanoshak failed jump pass in overtime.
Player(s) of the game: The Farrell defensive line held the vaunted Bishop Guilfoyle running attack to an average of 1.8 yards per carry and just one run longer than 9 yards.
Unsung hero: BG’s Cameron Maloney blocked Hilton’s punt to set up a 1-yard Myrick touchdown that tied the game.
Most vital statistic: The Marauders turned it over three times. Bishop Guilfoyle lost a pair of fumbles, recovered by Hilton and Anthony Jackson, and Dwight Ravenscraft had an interception. The Hilton fumble recovery on the BG 22-yard line was followed by a 21-run by Anthony Stallworth and a 1-yard touchdown sneak by Raymond Raver Jr. to open the scoring.
Best effort: Myrick made back-to-back open field tackles with about two minutes left on second and third down to force a Farrell punt and give Bishop Guilfoyle one last offensive possession with a chance to win it in regulation.
Farrell coach Anthony Pegues on the jump pass: “Brice is a ballhawk, and we went and got that ball. It’s funny, because we used to run that play, the Tebow jump pass, and when they did it, I was like, ‘oh my gosh,’ but then I saw Brice come out of nowhere and make a play on the ball and let out a sigh of relief.”
Hilton Jr.: “This means everything. It’s a dream come true and everything we’ve been working toward.”
Wheeler: “We made some adjustments defensively at halftime. They were running to our weakside a lot in the first half, away from Yanoshak, so we started moving our guys away from him to make an adjustment to where we thought they would run the ball. They kept doing it, so our defense was able to make some stops.”
Yanoshak: “We played almost a perfect game. It took a lot of hard work to get here, and we went down, but we gave it our all, and I’m proud of our guys.”
Notable: Yanoshak recorded his 20th sack of the season during the game. … Adrian Johnson recovered a fumble for the Marauders with Farrell threatening to make it a two-score game just before halftime. … Punting was an adventure for both teams when kicking into the wind and led to six punts of 22 yards or less. … Farrell won its second consecutive Class 1A football title, a feat the Steelers also accomplished in 1995-1996. … Myrick finished the season with a Mirror-coverage area high 1,777 yards rushing and scored 166 points.
Records: Farrell (14-2); Bishop Guilfoyle (12-3)
Next week: Both teams will start preparing for the holidays.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Farrell 0 7 0 0 3 — 10
Bishop Guilfoyle 0 0 0 7 0 — 7
F–Raver Jr. 1 run (Hilton kick), 10:39
BG–Myrick 1 run (Wyandt kick), 9:07
F–Hilton Jr. 22 FG, 0:00
TEAM STATISTICS F BG
First downs 10 4
Total yards 212 105
Rushes-yards 51-192 42-74
Yards passing 20 31
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 1-6-0 2-5-1
Punts-avg. 8-26.1 5-26.2
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-2
Penalties-yards 11-82 7-35
RUSHING–Farrell, Stallworth 25-111, Harrison 12-75, Raver Jr. 11-14, Hammonds 1-1, Thomas 1-(-3), Hilton Jr. 1-(-6). Bishop Guilfoyle, Myrick 28-82, McCloskey 8-11, Kon. KIesewetter 4-(-12), TEAM 2-(-7).
PASSING–Farrell, Raver Jr. 1-6-0-20. Bishop Guilfoyle, Kon. Kiesewetter 2-4-1-31, Myrick 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Farrell, Butler 1-20. Bishop Guilfoyle, Myrick 1-21, Fox 1-10.