Williams Valley falls short in state quarterfinals

Last-minute scores gives Steel-High 24-20 win

MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Williams Valley’s Levi Engle (11) tries to position himself to stop Steelton-Highspire’s Lathaniel Webster-Spencer during the PIAA Class A quarterfinal game Nov. 25 at Kemp Memorial Stadium, Shamokin. Steel-High won the game 24-20 to advance in the tournament, ending Williams-Valley’s season at 12-2. At left, The Williams Valley faithful stand up and cheer after the Vikings football team scored a touchdown in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals. The fans packed the home bleachers to support the team in the contest, outnumbering the Steel-High fans at least 10 to 1.

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer •

SHAMOKIN – It was a scene that played out several times this season, Williams Valley drives with time winding down in the game, getting that go-ahead score that pulled out the victory.
In this game, though, Williams Valley found itself on the wrong end of the comeback, as Steelton-Highspire scored with 90 seconds left in the game to pull out a 24-20 win in the PIAA Class A football quarterfinals at Kemp Memorial Stadium, Shamokin on Nov. 25.
Williams Valley head coach Tim Savage, dejected after the game, said he understands the heartbreak that several teams that played against the Vikings this season felt.
“You feel what Marian felt, what Tri-Valley felt,” Savage said. “You know what the people we’ve done it too feel. To come so close, and see it all slip away like that.”
With Williams Valley leading 20-17 with six minutes left in the game, the Vikings went into ball control amassing first downs and keeping the ball out of Steel-High’s hands.

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