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Terrace captures first title in Central Keystone Super Bowl

By Kenny Varner

LEWISTOWN – Simply a “Super” way to end a Spectacular weekend of youth football.

In the weekend finale of the Central Keystone Football and Cheer League’s championship weekend it was the Kish Indians battling the Terrace Tigers in the Midget Championship contest.

It would be a historical one for the Tigers as they were making their first Super Bowl appearance in midget play since the start of the CKFCL.

It was a ‘David and Goliath’ contest, David would come out victorious in Sunday’s contest as the Tigers outlasted Kish in a shoot out 31-25 to capture this year’s championship.

From the opening play until the final buzzer, the game was a nail biter from beginning to end. It would be a contest that both teams played like champions.

Kish got the game off and running as they started with the ball on its own 22-yard line. with one hand off to Elijah Henderson. Henderson, who finished with 152 yards on the ground, found an opening around  the corner and blazed his way to the 78-yard run. The Tigers stopped the Indians on the PAT, making it a 6-0 contest.

As the first quarter reached the five-minute mark, the Indians went right back to work.

With the ball on the Terrace 15, Kish went to the air when Colt Bratton found Landon Rhodes for the touchdown, upping their lead to 12-0 with 4:53 left in the first.

Terrace battled right back.

Starting on their own 48, the Tigers went on a 4-play drive culminating on a 1-yard run by Chris Ritter, cutting it to a 12-6 deficit.

Both defenses took over the game until the Tigers last drive of the first half.

Starting at the Tigers’ own 44, the team led by Ritter marched down the field in 10 plays.

Terrace had its own passing game as they went to the air with Ritter finding open teammate Ryker Harrington for the tying touchdown.

When the two teams went into the intermission, they remain tied at 12.

The tension was just starting to simmer as like in the first half, the two defenses stood strong.

However, the Tigers struck first when Michael Williams found Yeater to take the lead for the first time in the game, leading 19-12.

In the final stanza, the Indians battled back to tie the game once again. Landon Rhodes broke loose on a 31-yard. With the successful extra point, the game remained tied at 19.

But back came the Tigers extended its lead to 25-19 with  touchdown at 10:36.

Kish tied things once again, this time at 25. Henderson once again broke into open field, finishing with a 30.

Late in the contest, the Tigers would have its defense make a touchdown of their own, giving the newcomers a lead. With Kish deep back in their own territory, the Tigers would force fumble in the end zone.

Terrace’s  Mariano Lozano picked up the ball in the end zone, putting the Tigers back up with 5:08.

It would be a strong defensive effort that would keep in check the rest of Tuesday.

The game culminated a weekend full of close game and thrilling energy.

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