HERSHEY — Southern Columbia’s football team stamped its name into the Pennsylvania history books the way it’s done just about every thing else this season — emphatically.
The Tigers became the first team in PIAA history to win five straight state championships with a 56-14 dismantling of previously unbeaten West Middlesex Friday at HersheyPark Stadium. Southern, which finished the season 16-0, broke Berwick’s record of four straight state titles, set between 1994-97, and tied the Bulldogs’ record of six championships overall. The Tigers already hold the record for state championship game appearances, with 12.
Six different players scored touchdowns for the Tigers, who built a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and were never in any difficulty.
Senior fullback Henry Hynoski carried 11 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught two passes for 109 and a 70-yard touchdown. Also scoring touchdowns for the Tigers were Colby Snyder, Corey Sober, Ted Heitzman, Nich Gallinot and Austin Carpenter.
“I feel in a way that this is kind of redemption for all the teams that came here and came up short,” said Roth, whose teams lost six straight state title games in a seven-year period from 1995-2001 before starting this streak in 2002 with a 31-6 win over Rochester, a team which had beaten the Tigers three times. “I felt bad for those guys because we had great teams and great players but just fell short. Being next to Berwick and Mount Carmel when they were both coming down here and winning titles, we always felt like, when is it going to be our turn.”
The answer is, emphatically, now.