Who: Dunmore Bucks (13-1) vs. Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils (13-1)
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Don Malinak Stadium, Central Mountain High School, Mill Hall
Coaches: Dunmore - Jack Henzes (370-152-8, 46 years). Bellwood-Antis - John Hayes (279-89-2, 33 years).
Last meeting: First meeting
All-time series: 0-0
How they got here: Dunmore - defeated North Pocono, 39-0; defeated GAR Memorial, 29-0; defeated West Scranton, 7-6; lost to Old Forge, 21-0; defeated Holy Cross, 2-0 (forfeit), defeated Honesdale, 41-7; defeated Lakeland, 22-17; defeated Western Wayne, 56-21; defeated Mid-Valley, 34-12; defeated Riverside, 34-20; defeated Lackawanna Trail, 32-12, in the District 2 semifinals; defeated Old Forge, 7-6, in the District 2 championship; defeated Southern Columbia, 35-29, in the PIAA first round; defeated Bristol, 34-12, in the PIAA quarterfinals. Bellwood-Antis - defeated Tyrone, 22-15; defeated Moshannon Valley, 35-14; defeated West Branch, 54-20; defeated Juniata Valley, 47-34; defeated Mount Union, 21-0; defeated Everett, 41-14; defeated Southern Huntingdon, 39-3; defeated Northern Bedford, 20-0; defeated Glendale, 41-13; lost to Richland, 14-7; defeated Glendale, 40-14, in the district quarterfinals; defeated Bishop Guilfoyle, 19-6, in the District 6 semifinals; defeated Bishop McCort, 54-3, in the District 6 championship; defeated Delone Catholic, 33-26 (OT), in the PIAA quarterfinals.
When Dunmore has the ball: Dunmore offense - QB Brandon Kujawski (jr., 14), FB Josh Sawka (jr., 48), RB Daiqwon Buckley (jr., 1) or Austin Seamon (sr., 26), WR Mike Kolcharno (sr., 13), WR John Rinaldi (sr., 6), TE Josh Zilla (jr., 5), T James McHale (jr., 74), T Mike Boland (sr., 71), G Jack Korgeski (sr., 70), G Cory Jones (sr., 75), C Dan Drewes (so., 57). Bellwood-Antis defense - DE Nick Torsell (jr., 58), DE Ethan Hunter (jr., 75), DT Keith Shawley (sr., 64), DT Kyler Maceno (jr., 50), OLB Ian O'Shea (sr., 86), OLB Tanner Snyder (jr., 26), ILB Dan Beech (sr., 33), ILB Tyler Campbell (sr., 36), CB Casey Gray (jr., 34), CB Cameron Worthing (sr., 84), S Seth Worthing (sr., 7).
When Bellwood-Antis has the ball: Bellwood-Antis offense - QB Seth Worthing (sr., 7), FB Tyler Campbell (sr., 36), RB Casey Gray (jr., 34), SB Tanner Snyder (jr., 26) or Haden DeGennaro (sr., 44), SE Cameron Worthing (sr., 84), TE Ian O'Shea (sr., 86), T Ethan Hunter (jr., 75), T Ryan Snyder (jr., 71), G Nick Torsell (jr., 58), G Keith Shawley (sr., 64), C Kyler Maceno (jr., 50). Dunmore defense - DE Matt O'Connor (sr., 33), DE Mike Boland (sr., 71), DT Jack Korgeski (sr., 70), DT Dan Drewes (so., 57), LB Josh Sawka (jr., 48), LB Daiqwon Buckley (jr., 1), LB Matt Rogan (jr., 10), LB Sal Marchese (so., 9) or Austin Seamon (sr., 26), CB Mike Kolcharno (sr., 13), CB Shakal Blackwell (jr., 23), S John Rinaldi (sr., 6).
What's next: The winner plays the winner of the game between Port Allegany (9-1) and Clairton (7-1) at Hersheypark Stadium on Friday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. for the PIAA championship.
Notable: Bellwood-Antis is making its first trip to the state semis since 2006 and its third overall. The Blue Devils are looking for their first trip to the state finals. ... Haden DeGennaro (sr., 44) is out after severely injuring his ankle in overtime against Delone Catholic. He had rushed for 619 yards this season. Gray rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns last week, putting him over the century mark for the sixth time in the last seven games, all against playoff teams, with 11 touchdowns in that span. He enters the game with 1,753 yards and 27 TDs rushing. ... The Bucks last advanced to the state championship game in 2007 in Class AA. Dunmore won a PIAA title in 1989. Henzes is second in Pennsylvania scholastic history in football coaching wins. Buckley and Seamon both are 1,000-yard rushers. They've teamed for 2,664 yards and 33 touchdowns. ... Dunmore has tremendous size up front. McHale is 285 pounds, while Boland is 265, Drewes 250 and Kogerski 230. Last week was only the second time in the last 10 games in which a Bellwood opponent has managed more than 165 yards on the ground. ... Among the products of the Dunmore program are former Notre Dame and Miami Dolphin center Tim Ruddy. The Devils haven't allowed a first-quarter touchdown since week 3 and are a plus-7 in turnover margin since entering the playoffs.
- Philip Cmor