Joe Koch profiles the Pine-Richland football team.
"Phrases such as "Instant Classic" are often bandied about when it comes to great high school, college and professional football games. Sometimes, that term is a little overblown.
But in the case of St. Joseph's Prep's 49-41 victory against Pine-Richland in the PIAA Class AAAA championship game last Saturday night at Hersheypark Stadium, the term is warranted.
"We showed what a team should look like," Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz said. "We felt that if there was any time on the clock, we had a chance to win the game. Twenty years from now, these guys will know [this game] was a loss, but they'll remember they got so much from this game. They know that if you work hard, things will happen."
Trailing 42-21 with 9:25 remaining in the game, the Rams embarked upon a furious comeback that culminated in three touchdown passes from Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year Ben DiNucci to Antonio Battaglia from 4 yards out and successive touchdown passes from DiNucci to D'ondre Gastion from 23 yards and 31 yards, respectively."