Wilmington to face powerful Southern Columbia in Hershey Friday afternoon
Class 2A championship
Wilmington vs. Southern Columbia
Friday, 1 p.m., Hersheypark Stadium
Records: Wilmington 13-1; Southern Columbia 15-0
How they got there: Wilmington defeated Steel Valley 26-6, and Southern Columbia defeated West Catholic 42-6 in the PIAA semifinals.
Outlook: Wilmington is on a 12-game winning streak since losing to Farrell in late August. The Greyhounds are in Hershey for the second straight season and looking for their first state title since beating West Catholic in double overtime in 2008. Cameron Marett has put together another big season. He ran for 175 yards and one touchdown in the PIAA semifinals against Steel Valley and now has 1,728 yards and 19 TDs. Ethan Susen and quarterback Robert Pontius also ran for touchdowns, while Pontius also threw for one touchdown. Defensive tackle Colton Richards has committed to Robert Morris, while Marett has a preferred walk-on offer from Robert Morris. Tight end/defensive end Jacob Yohman has an offer from Robert Morris, and Pontius has preferred walk-on offers from Miami (Fla.) and Robert Morris.
Southern Columbia is on a 31-game winning streak, including a 48-0 win over Wilmington in the PIAA Class 2A championship game last fall. The Tigers were also 15-0 in 2016 before losing to Steel Valley 49-7 in Hershey. Steel Valley beat Wilmington earlier in the state playoffs that season. Quarterback Stone Hollenbach has several Division I and Division II scholarship offers, but he decided to accept a preferred walk-on offer to Alabama. His favorite target, Julian Fleming, is regarded as one of the top receivers in the country and has offers from most major programs. He has 72 receptions for 1,495 yards and 22 TDs in 2018. Running back Gaige Garcia is back this season after rushing for 154 yards and one TD against Wilmington last year, while Hollenbach threw for 142 yards and three touchdowns, including six catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns by Fleming.
Our call: Southern Columbia 28, Wilmington 14
— Tom Reisenweber