Farrell Delivers Heart Breaker, Moves On To Single A Title Game
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, December 12th, 2015
Written by Marshall Engleka and Chance Straight, both seniors at Berlin-Brothersvalley HS.
Going into this western pa championship game you might have expected to see the district 10 champ Farrell, who took care of Kane last week, playing in the state single A title game. What you might not expect is to see a district 5 team on the other side. Berlin Brothersvalley, who shocked the state last week by knocking off District 7 champ Clairton 35-22, brought their undefeated record and their what looked like their whole population of just over 2,000 to Penn Hills to face off against the one loss Steelers.
The small town Mountaineers had a chance to keep their Cinderella story alive but the Steelers had other plans. Farrell, with just 44 seconds left on the clock silenced the berlin crowd and punched their ticket to Hershey with a 76 yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Alex Myers to a streaking Marcus McCoy. The 2 point conversion was good to set the final score 26-21.
To begin the game Farrell chose to receive the opening kickoff and marched the ball down into the red zone but turned the ball over on downs. Berlin’s first possession yielded no points with the Mountaineers going 3 and out. The Steelers once again drove the ball down into the redzone, but we’re halted when Myers fumbled the handoff to running back Braxton Chapman. Brody Moore jumped on the ball and gave Berlin the possession back. The mountaineers were halted on offense and forced to punt again. The punt was muffed and Moore was there again to jump on top of the ball. Berlin, not getting anything going on offense were only able to pick up 3 of the 4 yards required to convert the fourth down. Farrell took over on downs and the next play Malachi Newell took a handoff and raced 36 yards to set up shop for the the Steelers. One play later they were in the red zone for the third time and the first quarter ended with no one able to put points up yet.
The second quarter started with Berlin completing their third red zone stand of the game. The Mountaineers were held up and forced to punt again. Farrell used a heavy dose of their triple threat run game, with chunks of yards being picked up by Myers, Chapman, and Newell. They got their fourth shot at a red zone touchdown and five plays later Myers converted the one yard keeper to score the steelers first points of the game. The two point conversion failed, but Farrell jumped ahead 6-0 with 3:20 left in the half. Berlin went to work picking up a first down, and was only stopped when Myers picked off a Brentson Harding pass. The Steelers used little time to march down the field after the turnover and found themselves in the red zone once again. With time running out in the half. The Mountaineer defense held strong and held their opponents from scoring to end the half for the second week in a row. Farrell took a 6-0 lead into the half of a game that looked a lot more lopsided than the scoreboard showed.
Berlin came out of the second half looking poised to give Farrell a run for their money. After Berlin received the kick, the Mountaineers marched down the field using their workhorse senior running back Braden Fotchman, and a third down conversion from Harding to Ryan Custer to keep the drive alive. With 9:27 left in the third Berlin took its first lead, Fotchman scored on a one yard run and Carter Raupach PAT to make the game 7-6. Farrell responded quickly with a 34 yard scramble by Myers and couple of penalties on both sides, set up on the 12 yard line. Davaughn Greene took the next handoff and powered in for the score. 2 point conversion no good, Farrell led 12-7 with 4:46 in the third. Berlin took the ensuing kickoff and began driving with a key fourth down conversion by Harding. This took them to the end of the third quarter.
The Mountaineers continued to drive used an offsides on fourth and goal to start first and goal at the 2 yard line. The very next play, Harding landed a pass to Cole Booth in the front of the endzone to give Berlin the lead again. The PAT by Raupach was good and with 8:47 to go Berlin took the 14-12 lead. Farrell’s next possession took a turn for the worst, as Myers was hit while throwing and picked off by Custer for Berlin. He returned it to the 18 yard line. Four Fotchman carries later, he scored his second touchdown on a 1 yard run. PAT good to make the score 21-12 with only 4:40 left in the game. After this it appeared that Farrell had flipped a switch, going from almost no passing, to non stop passing for the remainder of the game. With three big pass plays in a row, Myers found Greene in the endzone for a 28 yard touchdown. 2 point conversion failed and with only 2:57 left on the clock Berlin received the ball clinging on to a 21-18 lead. The onsides kick attempt was hindered by an illegal formation penalty, and Farrell elected to kick it into the endzone for a touchback. The Mountaineers we able to pick up one first down, but came up short of a second. With 1:07 left on the clock, Farrell took their last time out. Berlin elected to take the delay of game penalty on fourth down and punted it away. 11 seconds is all it took for the Steelers to score. Myers connected with McCoy for 76 yards, punching their ticket to the State Championship game.
When asked about moving on to the state championship game, Farrell’s coach Jarrett Samuels replied, “I’m so proud of my boys, when the game was on the line they never panicked. They give it their all until the game is over”. The Steelers will move on to face a very strong looking Bishop Guilfoyle team next friday for the single A football championship.
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