‘Colonials’ defeat ‘Indians,’ 31-18, for Pennsylvania Passing League East title

By Christine June
Battalion A&PA

HARRISBURG, PA—The Plymouth Whitemarsh “Colonials” ran over the Susquehanna Township “Indians,” 31-18, to capture the U.S. Army’s Pennsylvania Passing League East Division title June 25 at the Susquehanna Township High School in Harrisburg.

Jordan Banks, Susquehanna Township "Indians" wide receiver, scores the second touchdown for his team during the Pennsylvania Passing League East Division tournament held June 25 at the Susquehanna Township High School in Harrisburg. U.S. Army photo by Christine June

The “Indians” quickly took control in the first 10 minutes of championship play, scoring the first two touchdowns. The “Colonials” answered with fierce offensive and defensive plays, scoring, intercepting and unraveling the “Indians” for the rest of the 25-minute championship game.


The U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion – Harrisburg and The Sports Flash Radio Network sponsored the league tournament for the second straight year. It was also the second year that the Susquehanna Township High School hosted the event.

Competing for the East champions’ title were 8 schools, providing 9 teams, throughout central and Eastern Pennsylvania. Susquehanna had two teams – “Indians” and “Tribe 1” – in this year’s tournament.

The double-elimination tournament consisted of 14-man teams participating in 25-minute, 7-on-7 passing competition games. Each team played a minimum of four games with three pool games to determine the seeding for the single-elimination championship bracket.

The “Colonials,” who were making their first appearance in the league, came into the championship game by defeating the favored Steelton-Highspire “Steamrollers,” 29-20, in the semifinals. The “Steamrollers” were the only team to arrive at the semifinals with a 3-0 record in pool play. The “Indians” reached the championship game by thrashing the Harrisburg “Cougars,” 17-2.

Clairton High School earned the PPL-West Champions’ title by defeating Montour High School, 18-7, June 11 at Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pa.

This year’s Pennsylvania Passing League is part of the battalion’s 2011 Army STRONG Tour, which also includes the Army Iron Man campaign, Army Coach of the Year, Army STRONG Wrestler of the Year, HOOP STARS of the Year and Army Rivalry Tour.

About armystrongpa

Welcome to the United States Army Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion. The “Steel” battalion is a proud organization dedicated to supporting the important mission of recruiting for “America’s Army.” Your assignment as a recruiter in the great state of Pennsylvania will be an extremely challenging and rewarding experience for you, both professionally and personally. With over 200 community-based professionals located in communities throughout Pennsylvania who share the same concerns as do all responsible citizens regarding the future of America’s youth. In particular, we want to help students stay in school, remain drug-free, be physically fit, and realize their potential to become productive members of society.
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