Posted by on November 23, 2019 3:03 am

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Categories: Coal Region Football 2019 Local Sports

Tamaqua’s historic football season marches on following an upset win Friday night.

The Blue Raiders scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to topple previously unbeaten Wyomissing, 20-10, in the PIAA Class 3A Quarterfinals.

Tamaqua moves on to the state semifinals. They’ll face the winner of Saturday’s Wyoming Area vs. Montoursville.

The other Schuylkill County team still alive in the state football playoffs didn’t fare as well Friday night.

Despite taking a 21-0 lead over Jersey Shore, Pottsville fell in triple overtime, 42-35, in their Class 4A quarterfinal game.

Jersey Shore scored a go-ahead touchdown in the third overtime period and then picked off a Pottsville pass in the end zone on the Tide’s possession in OT to seal the game.

Tamaqua Topples Wyomissing, Reaches State Semifinal

The Spartans got a go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter against Tamaqua to go up 10-6 before halftime. But going into the half, the Blue Raiders were outgaining Wyomissing nearly 2:1.

Tamaqua tacked on two scores in the second half and kept Wyomissing off the board entirely. Do-everything running back Nate Boyle ran in a touchdown from 34 yards out in the fourth quarter to put a cap on the win for Tamaqua.

Here’s a look at the final snap of the game:

Historic Run for Tamaqua Football

Tamaqua’s historic season keeps going. Before this run deep into the state playoffs, Tamaqua won its first District 11 championship.

And in defeating Wyomissing, not only did they do something no other team did this season, they did something three other Schuylkill League teams couldn’t this season.

Wyomissing previously beat Pottsville (in double overtime), North Schuylkill, and then Blue Mountain over the course of the regular season. Tamaqua lost to Pottsville and North Schuylkill in the regular season but topped North Schuylkill in the District 11 championship game a couple weeks ago.

The big win has Tamaqua fans on the internet beaming.

Support is rolling in from everywhere, especially close to home.

Following the win over Wyomissing, the school’s baseball team sent out this tweet:

Some may or may not have had side bets going on the game:

The Blue Raiders even got some support from one of Twitter’s elite blue checkmark accounts, Brett Banditelli:

And from up the line, too, at Panther Valley:

Here are some more reactions from Tamaqua football fans:

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