Scotland upset by Camp Hill

November 16, 1996

Camp Hill 26, Scotland 22

By James Phillips

of the (Harrisburg) Patriot News

BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. - Football is a game of intangibles.

Take the District 3-A championship game last night at Boiling Springs High Stadium, for example.

The Camp Hill Lions (10-1) stunned the Scotland Cadets, 26-22, by taking advantage of miscues by the Cadets (10-1) at crucial times.

"We talked about an upset before the game," said Camp Hill football coach Frank Kindler. "Football is a funny game, you never know what might happen.


Scotland is a very athletic team, but they made some mistakes tonight. Everybody makes mistakes."

The most costly mistakes occured with the Cadets holding a slim 22-20 lead when quarterback Desmond Daniels fumbled a hand off and Joe Cummings recovered at the Lions' 30.

In two pass plays, Camp Hill was in front 26-22 on a 35-yard scoring pass from quarterback Tim Bigelow to Brian Gannon with 1:46 left in the game.

The Lions' defense then stopped Scotland on five downs and the District 3-A title belonged to them.

"This is such a great, great feeling for us," said an elated Bigelow. "On those two passing plays on that last drive, I threw the ball deep and the receivers did a good job getting open.

This has been an unbelievable season for us and it showed what hard work and determination could do."

The victory overshadowed a great performance turned in by Scotland ace Braheem Powell, who played tailback for the game and responded with 226 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. One of his scores went for 89 yards.

"The ball went Camp Hill's way this time," said Powell. "They came out and had a good game plan and got the job done.

They're a tough team and you have to give them credit. We had a great seaosn, we just came up short. I hope the younger kids will carry on the tradition here and maybe get it (the title) next year."

Joel Scott added 114 yards on 10 carries as the Cadets gained 409 yards on the ground.

But the telling blow to this story were the turnovers. Scotland had eight fumbles and lost three.

"You can't fumble the ball away in a game like this," said Scotland football coach Jim Lowe. "The fumbles really killed us and Camp Hill played well."

"Powell filled some big shoes and performed very, very well. He did everything he could to try to win this game for us."

The Lions, who haven't won the District 3 title since 1988, were paced by Chirs Tortorice, who rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Malou McIntire added 72 yards and two scores on 12 carries.

"The team rose to the occasion and the unsung heroes played big tonight," said Kindler. "The team has put forth this kind of effort all year and I'm really proud of them. My coaching staff is awesome and deserve all the credit in the world."

Camp Hill, who tallied two touchdowns in the final quarter to pull out the victory, have been a fourth-quarter team all season. The Lions have scored a total of 66 points in the fourth quarter, the most points of any other quarter.

The Lions got on the board with their opening possession when Tortorice scored on a 25-yard burst up the middle with 9:24 left. The played capped a six-play, 61-yard drive. Tortorice converted the first of two PAT kicks.

The Cadets came back to cut the deficit to 7-6 when Powell scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 27-yard run around the left end. The two-point pass failed.

With 1:33 left in the opening quarter, McIntire scored on a 11-yard run around the right side for a 14-6 lead for the Lions.

The Cadets knotted the score 14-14 on one play following Camp Hill's touchdown when Powell scored on an 89-yard run. Powell broke three tackles along the way on a brilliant play.

Desmond Daniels hit Rob Wheeler with the two-point pass.

Powell tallied his third score of the game with 8:50 left in the third quarter on a 54-yard burst off tackle, making the count 22-14.

The Lions took over the lead for good when McIntire scored from nine yards out with 5:50 remaining in the contest.

Following the Scotland fumble, Bigelow hit Paul Stubbs for 35 yards and then connected with Gannon for another 35 yards, and the game-winning touchdown.

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