A crowd of just under 3,000 saw a competitve game between these two Harrisburg rivals on a sunny but cool and sometimes windy afternoon. Scoring got started early with Harrisburg scoring on a #2 Rob Martin 57-yard touchdown run, but a missed PAT put Harrisburg up 6-0. Central Dauphin East were threatening later in the 1st quarter but Harrisburg’s Jalen Kent intercepted a pass and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown with 4:50 left to give Harrisburg a 13-0 lead.
A long run by Central Dauphin East’s RB Chase Edmonds got the Panthers out of trouble in their own end but the drive stalled. The Cougars couldn’t move the ball and on the ensuing punt, the Panthers’ Payton Minnich blocked it and his teammate Ricky Bettinger returned it 11 yards for a touchdown with 1:04 left in the 1st half to cut the lead to 13-7.
Neither team would get on the scoreboard until #14 from Harrisburg returned an interception for a 53-yard touchdown at the 6:23 mark in the 3rd quarter. Central Dauphin East answered with a touchdown run early in the 4th quarter but Martin answered that with a touchdown of his own with 8:55 left in the game to push the lead to 27-13. Central Dauphin East wouldn’t go away and scored to cut the lead to 7. After a turnover by Harrisburg gave the ball back to Central Dauphin East, the Panthers couldn’t move the ball. A late FG gave the Cougars a 10-point lead. Central Dauphin East turned the ball over on downs and the game ended with Harrisburg earning a hard fought 30-20 win and the Great American Rivalry Series trophy.
RB Rob Martin from Harrisburg was named the MVP.
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- Central Dauphin E vs. Harrisburg 2012