V Football Headed to KSFL Championship Tilt
Jack Yeager ’20 scored on a school-record 99-yard touchdown reception from Campbell Prentiss ’20 and added a 94-yard TD catch as Mercersburg’s varsity football team advanced to the inaugural championship game of the Keystone State Football League with a 44-36 win over Delaware County Christian School October 26 in Mercersburg. Christian Jetter ’22 pulled down an interception on the Blue Storm’s 5-yard line with 14 seconds left to seal the victory.
Mercersburg (5-2) advances to face top-seeded Perkiomen School (5-1) in the league title game, which will be played Saturday, November 2, at 1 p.m. on the Perkiomen campus in Pennsburg, Pa. Check back for additional information.
Head coach Andy Brown told the team that they would have to play well and play their assignments on every down of each quarter for the Blue Storm to be in a position to win. Brown’s prophetic words rang true in contest that featured almost 1,100 yards of total offense and countless big plays.
The senior duo of quarterback Prentiss and tight end Yeager combined on two of those plays. With Mercersburg backed up inside its own 1-yard line, Prentiss hit Yeager on a post route and the tall receiver rambled through the open field, finishing a 99-yard pass for the Blue Storm’s first score of the game. Yeager's next big catch was quite timely, as he hooked up with his quarterback once again on a post route, this time striding 94 yards to give the hosts a 36-28 lead late in the third quarter.
Prentiss, who threw for five touchdowns and 385 yards on just 10 completions, also connected with three other receivers for touchdowns, hitting Aiden Nelson ’23 on a 28-yard strike and Jasper Dittmar ’21 on a 29-yard completion in the second quarter. He finished the day by giving Mercersburg the lead for good on a 42-yard rope to Stephen Rice ’21. Nelson accounted for the sixth Blue Storm score, racing around the end for a 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Dittmar provided key ground support as well, rushing for three successful two-point conversions.
Mercersburg’s defense continued its “bend but don't break” approach, coming up with several key stops. The defense of assistant coach Bryan Morgan ’07 forced four turnovers, including three interceptions (two by Rice). After giving up several big plays to Delco’s Jordan Mitchell, the Storm’s defensive line surged in the fourth quarter, hemming the Knights’ offense in and forcing quick throws.