Previewing Lampeter-Strasburg’s showdown vs. Jersey Shore in PIAA Class 4A state semifinals

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Lampeter-Strasburg is on the doorstep of making its first trip to a PIAA football state championship game.Standing in the Pioneers’ way is Jersey Shore, which will invade Lampeter on Friday for a state semifinal showdown.



Here’s a preview …THE GAME: District 4 champ Jersey Shore Bulldogs (9-0) at District 3 champ L-S Pioneers (9-0), PIAA Class 4A state semifinals, Friday at 7 p.m.


WINNER GETS: District 10 champ Oil City (10-0) or District 7 champ Thomas Jefferson (8-1) in the PIAA title game, set for Nov. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Hersheypark Stadium. TJ is the defending state champ.


THE COACHES: Tom Gravish is Jersey Shore’s skipper. This is his ninth season with the Bulldogs, and he previously served as coach at Williamsport and Bellefonte before landing at JS. … L-S coach John Manion is in his 23rd season with the Pioneers, and his teams are 177-82 overall with three district titles and eight L-L League section championships, including this fall, when L-S won the outright Section Three crown.


PLAYOFF HISTORY: Jersey Shore, the three-time reigning District 4 champ, is in the state semifinals for the second year in a row; the Bulldogs fell to Dallas in the 4A final four last fall. … L-S …

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