‘Colonials’ defeat ‘Indians,’ 31-18, for Pennsylvania Passing League East title
By Christine June
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.
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.
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.