A fast 14 helps Whitehall football bury last year’s District 11 final heartbreak

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Tim Wynkoop

Nigel Linton rapidly let every person know points were mosting likely to be different.

On the same day last year, Whitehall High School’s football team let a late lead slip away and fell in overtime of an area last vs. East Stroudsburg South.

Linton, whose 2021 was hindered by an injury, exorcised much of those demons when he broke out for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play from skirmish on Saturday night.

Third-seeded Whitehall then rolled past top-seeded Southern Lehigh 43-17 in the District 11 Class 5A final at Catasauqua’s Alumni Area.

” I’m actually satisfied for the children,” Zephyrs train Matt Senneca stated. “I was so dismayed for them last year with the method things finished for those seniors. This group of guys that was coming back stated it wasn’t mosting likely to finish like that for them. I give them all the debt worldwide.”

” It really feels great,” younger quarterback Trey Dogmanits added. “In 2015 simply left a sour taste in our mouth. We knew we needed to come back and also deal with that.”

It’s the seventh District 11 title in program background for Whitehall, 4 of which have actually come given that 2016.

” Since this gold touched by breast, I do not also want to consider last year,” stated Linton, an elderly tailback. “We made certain that in 2015 motivated us like nothing else. We had the silver medals up in our locker space for means also long. We obtained tired of seeing it. We came here today understanding that we were going to trade those medals for the gold.”

After the opening touchdown, which was a “touch pass” from Dogmanits to Linton, Southern Lehigh (9-3) stumbled the following kickoff while trying to run an opposite. Elderly Josef Grol recouped for the Zephyrs (7-5).

4 plays later, Dogmanits found Linton precede, and the tailback went 30 backyards for a goal. Junior Andrew Deutsch’s PAT made it 14-0 after simply 1 min as well as 29 seconds of video game time.

” That was massive. Last video game (a semifinal win vs. Pleasant Valley), we brought out a lot of energy. This game, the same point happened,” Dogmanits claimed. “They had a turn over on the kickoff, that truly assisted us. We put up two (goals) truly quick. We ventured out to a fast start and also simply maintained it throughout the whole video game.”

” It gives our youngsters confidence when we venture out to a rapid start like that, as well as they end up playing a great deal looser,” Senneca claimed.

Whitehall scored goals on its very first 4 properties. Linton’s 3-yard TD incorporated with Braden Bashore’s two-point conversion to give the Zephyrs a 29-14 lead with 6:06 staying in the second quarter.

Southern Lehigh elderly twist Ayden Scharper started a 22-yard field goal as time ended in the very first half, reducing the shortage to 29-17. Those were the last factors the Spartans scored on Saturday evening.

Southern Lehigh got to Whitehall’s 16-yard line on the opening collection of the 3rd quarter. The Spartans, however, were sacked and after that bungled an opposite, which resulted in a fourth-and-34 and also a punting.

Dogmanits tossed a 32-yard touchdown to Bashore on the following drive. The QB included a 31-yard throw to junior Jack Kocher, who broke three deals with after the catch, for the game’s last score in the fourth quarter.

Southern Lehigh junior running back Cade Sawyer took 19 brings for 52 lawns. Student wideout Andrew Olesh captured six masquerade 73 backyards, as well as junior John Inglis included 2 receptions for 72.

The Spartans uploaded nine success after going 4-7 last season.

” I enjoy these kids. They’re amazing,” Solehi train Phil Sams said. “The senior citizens did an incredible task leading this group. The trains did a wonderful task this year. In 2014 to right here was a major distinction. It’s a homage to them.”

Solehi was dealt a significant impact when senior quarterback Avery Koser was injured late in the normal season. Sophomore QB Christopher Fritts completed 19 of 30 masquerades 260 backyards as well as a goal on Saturday.

” I believe Christopher came in as well as played extremely well in a national championship,” Sams claimed. “The sustaining cast around him actually assisted, too. It was a great job by Whitehall. Congratulations to them.”

Dogmanits, that kept in mind the Solehi’s focus on stopping Linton in the run game, finished 11 of 14 for 275 lawns and 5 touchdowns.

” Trey has actually been wonderful all year,” Senneca said. “He’s had some ups and downs with interceptions and also things like that. However, specifically the last two weeks, he’s done a fantastic job in practice of just focusing on taking what the protection offers him, as well as he showed that once more tonight.”

Linton do with 201 total lawns and also three touchdowns. Bashore captured 4 masquerade 105 backyards as well as 2 ratings.

Whitehall developments to the preliminary of the PIAA tournament, where the Zephyrs will certainly host District 2 champion Delaware Valley.

” I’m really delighted,” Dogmanits said. “It implies a lot to have another ready these elders.”

Linton wasn’t wasting any time.

“I’m already prepared to go to exercise as well as plan for next week,” Linton claimed.

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