Harrisburg falls to Raheem Blackshear, Archbishop Wood in PIAA Class 5A football championship

Posted on December 10, 2016 in Newspaper.

Archbishop Wood’s Raheem Blackshear runs past Harrisburg’s defense in the Vikings 37-10 win in their PIAA 5A football state title game at Hersheypark Stadium. December 09, 2016 Sean Simmers | ssimmers@pennlive.com

Penn Live Patriot News    PIAA championships

By Ryan Baillargeon

During Harrisburg’s historic run to the PIAA Class 5A title game, no teams had been able to match the Cougars athleticism or speed. Raheem Blackshear and Archbishop Wood could.

Blackshear gashed the Cougars defense for big gain after big gain to top Harrisburg, 37-10, in the title game Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium.

The Cougars struck first in familiar fashion, with Yahmir Wilkerson hitting Shaquon Anderson-Butts for a 71-yard touchdown less than a minute into the contest. But that was the extent of the Cougars explosive offense.

Micah Parsons ran tough for Harrisburg, forcing multiple defenders to bring him down on nearly every carry. But Archbishop Wood’s defensive line allowed few holes and limited him to mostly short, exhausting runs.

On the other side, Blackshear routinely burst through big holes into the Harrisburg secondary. The Temple commit finished with 236 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries.

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