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Coal Region Football 2019

Tamaqua, Pottsville Advance in State Football Playoffs

Two Schuylkill County high school football teams continue their pursuit of a state championship this weekend.

But for Williams Valley, their run came to an end last week.

2019 PIAA Football Championships

Last week, on Friday the District 11 Class 3A champions Tamaqua toppled Pope John Paul II, 47-21 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

The Blue Raiders went into halftime with a 21-13 lead. They came out convincingly in the second half, outscoring Pope John Paul II 26-8 to advance in the playoffs.

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Tamaqua’s on an historic run for its football team. The run even grabbed the attention of U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser recently, too.

Next up for Tamaqua is a shot at Wyomissing. The Spartans come into the PIAA quarterfinal game this weekend looking to take down its third Schuylkill League opponent this season.

In the regular season, Wyomissing got the best of Pottsville and North Schuylkill. Will Tamaqua be next or can the local team keep their state title dreams alive?

The Tamaqua vs. Wyomissing game is scheduled for this Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. It’s being played locally, too, at North Schuylkill High School in Fountain Springs. Tickets at the gate are $8.

Speaking of Pottsville, the Crimson Tide captured the District 11 Class 4A title on Saturday night. They routed top-seeded Allentown Central Catholic, 34-7.

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Pottsville now heads to Danville on Friday night for a game with Jersey Shore. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The winner of the Pottsville-Jersey Shore game gets the winner of Imhotep Charter vs. Dallas in the state semifinal round.

If Tamaqua wins, they’ll get the winner of the Montoursville vs. Wyoming Area game, also Friday.

For Williams Valley in Class 1A, the Vikings ran into a tough Lackawanna Trail team and couldn’t keep up with its offense, falling 44-30. The Vikings were outscored 16-0 in the 4th quarter against Lackawanna Trail.

Williams Valley finishes the season at 10-3 and District 11 Class 1A champion.

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