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VIDEO: Central York takes revenge on Central Dauphin in District 3
Junior quarterback Beau Pribula had a total of five touchdowns to lead the Panthers past defending champion Rams and reach the District 3 title game.
Rob Rose, York Dispatch
Judah Tomb is a pretty big Landis Field fan.
The standout Central York football game this season scored three touchdowns during a class 6-A football playoff game in District 3 at the stadium against Central Dauphin. So it was only fitting that his return to the field should include another result.
Tomb took a 61-yard pass into the end zone as part of Team Pennsylvania’s 20-0 win over Team Maryland at the 64th Annual Big 33 Football Classic on Monday.
“I think it’s just the atmosphere here,” said Tomb of his feelings about the field. “I have a lot of support from my people here (and). It helps me a lot.”
Tomb’s touchdown was the only offensive score for most of the game. The Panther later set up another score for his team by drawing a pass interference penalty in the red zone that caused a new series of downs. Grave ended with two catches for 74 yards.
It took Tomb some time to finally get the St. Francis NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Scholarship offer that he wanted despite an all-state season. So it was important to him to shine on the same field as the top players from Pennsylvania and Maryland.
“It feels great. It feels like I have a lot of meaning and it feels like my moment is finally coming,” said Tomb.
One of Tomb’s current and future teammates also played a prominent role in the game. Isaiah Sturgis ran back for the Pennsylvania team in the meantime in the backfield and was part of the kickoff team.
Sturgis and Tomb will continue to play together in St. Francis this fall, but the Big 33 game was their last chance to face off against Central York lineman Josh Gaffney. The three outstanding players from Central York had the chance to be on the field together late in the game one last time.
“We really are a family,” said Sturgis. “That last ride, mostly because he was able to carry the stone, get behind Josh, he opened holes. Judah clenched, they cheered me, this is real family.”
Together with the three players from Central York, Dallastown specialist Mitchell Groh took care of the punts and kicks for the team.
On Sunday the first east-west game of the small school in Landis Field ended with a 17:10 victory in the east. The big school east-west competition was won by the east at Landis Field (38-13) on Sunday.
All three games were run by the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association.
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