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North Schuylkill Downs Jim Thorpe For Back-to-Back Titles

The Jim Thorpe Olympians faced off against the North Schuylkill Spartans at Lehighton for the PIAA District XI 3A Football Championship. Jim Thorpe entered with an overall record of 7-4, while North Schuylkill entered with an overall record of 9-1. North Schuylkill’s high-powered offense and dominant defense led them to a 40-7 championship victory over Jim Thorpe. “It (the game) went tremendously as planned,” said quarterback Jake Hall. “The execution was perfect on both sides and we had a huge special teams play that I think gave us a lot of momentum throughout the game.”

North Schuylkill put together an opening 85-yard drive leading to a six-yard touchdown pass play from quarterback Jake Hall to Joey Flail to give the Spartans an early 6-0 lead. After forcing a punt, North Schuylkill capped off an 83-yard drive on a one-yard touchdown run by Jaxson Chowansky. The Spartans forced another Jim Thorpe punt that was blocked by Terry Thomas. Two plays later Hall hit Flail for a 46-yard touchdown pass giving North Schuylkill a 19-0 advantage over Jim Thorpe with 1:38 remaining in the first quarter.

On the Spartan’s next possession, Jaxson Chowansky punched it in from the one-yard line for another North Schuylkill touchdown. North Schuylkill was in total control, up 26-0 early in the second quarter. On Jim Thorpe’s next punt, Flail fielded the kick and took it back 68 yards for the score giving North Schuylkill a 33-0 lead over Jim Thorpe. Later in the second quarter, Hall scampered 30 yards for another Spartan touchdown giving them a 40-0 advantage heading into halftime.

A scoreless third quarter gave North Schuylkill a 40-0 lead heading into the final quarter of play. With 7:51 remaining in the game, Camron Tinajero ran 20 yards for a Jim Thorpe touchdown. Time expired with North Schuylkill winning the PIAA District XI 3A football championship back to back over Jim Thorpe by a score of 40-7. “It’s a major goal for us(to win Districts),” said Hall, “It’s something we’ve worked and dreamed for. It’s a great feeling to win.”

Jim Thorpe’s season ends here with an overall record of 7-5. North Schuylkill now has an overall record of 11-1 and will advance to the state playoffs. They will face off against Neumann-Goretti on Friday, November 19th at 7:00 PM at Cardinal O’Hara High School.

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