Annville-Cleona, Elco pick up big wins to set up showdown


The Annville-Cleona and Elco football teams have a big game coming up next Friday in Myerstown – one that will feature, among other things, Section 3’s hottest team and the L-L League’s hottest kicker.

A-C and Elco prepared for their looming showdown Friday with a pair of impressive victories. The Dutchmen rode Mac Plummer’s league-record 54-yard field goal – which broke his own record of 51 yards set earlier this season – and four touchdown runs from quarterback Junior Bours to a 45-35 victory over Section 3 co-leader Donegal, while Elco won its fifth straight game following an 0-3 start by bludgeoning Pequea Valley by a score of 48-0. 

Bours also tossed a 25-yard TD pass to Quamir Parker and Evan Heilman scored on a 5-yard run as A-C jumped to a 24-14 halftime lead en route to the victory.

In Kinzers, Elco ran away with the easy win behind junior quarterback Braden Bohannon, who tossed TD passes of 62 and 47 yards to Evan Huey, and also ran for a 26-yard score. Luke Williams and Cole Thomas each added two TD runs for Elco, now 5-3 overall and 5-2 in the section.

Ephrata 24, Lebanon 22

At Alumni Stadium, the Cedars dropped out of a first-place tie in Section 3, but not before almost coming all the way back from a 24-0 halftime deficit.

Now 5-2 in Section 3, Lebanon got touchdown runs from Nate Portes and Isaiah Rodriguez and a blocked punt return for a TD by Julian Manzolillo in the second half to make things interesting at the end.

Manheim Township 62, Cedar Crest 0

In Neffsville, the Falcons were dominated by the mighty Blue Streaks, held to just 49 total yards in the process.

Township did most of the damage in the first half, surging to a 45-0 lead by intermission.

Lancaster Catholic 63, Northern Lebanon 0

In Fredericksburg, the Crusaders laid a mercy-rule beating on the Vikings and in the process took sole possession of first place in Section 3.

Catholic jumped to a 28-0 first quarter lead and cruised home from there.

Thursday’s game

Milton Hershey 45, Palmyra 30

The Cougars dropped a high-scoring affair to the Spartans thanks in part to four TDs from Dion Bryant but gave a good account of themselves while falling to once-beaten Milton Hershey, now 7-1.

Nick Wallaesa led the way for Palmyra (3-5), carrying the ball 21 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Stephen Lyons tossed a pair of touchdown passes, a 15-yarder to Drew Chapin and a two-yarder to Nick Morder.

Bryant scored on runs of 1,7 and 6 yards and on a 44-yard pass from Tigere Mavesere.


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