HERSHEY, Pa (WTAJ) – Cooper Rother took a handoff 15-yards for a touchdown in the final minutes of Thursday’s Class A title game, lifting Bishop Guilfoyle past Redbank Valley 21-14.
While Rother scored the game winner, quarterback Karson Kiesewetter once again played a central role in the Marauders’ win.
The junior quarterback ran for 128 yards and a scores, he threw for 119 and a touchdown.
“It means everything. We had a rough couple last years. State semifinal (we) lost both of those,” he said. “Just to get here with these guys, who I grew up with my whole life. We’ve just been the best of friends. It’s awesome to see this.”
In the final seconds of Thursday’s game Kiesewetter’s defense put the exclamation point on his dominant postseason with the game ending interception. At times through the playoffs the quarterback willed Bishop Guilfoyle to victory. He scored 13 of the team’s 18 touchdowns, including all three in the Marauders semifinal win over Canton. Coach Justin Wheeler said his performance has made him one of the program’s all-time greats.
“Karson has been unbelievable the last couple of weeks, really all season,” said Wheeler. “But in the playoffs he hit a new gear. He’s made some plays that we’re in awe sometimes, and we’ve been fortunate to coach some kids who were pretty good. But he’s at the top with those guys because he makes big plays in big moments. I’m super excited for him, a junior who stepped into that role, it’s great to see.”
The Class A title is the school’s fourth football title in eight years. All four titles coming under Justin Wheeler who now has a 117-31 coaching record in 11 seasons.
1Q: 0:26 – Bishop Guilfoyle’s Karson Keisewetter 1 yard touchdown run. 7-0 BG
3Q: 4:18 – Redbank Valley’s Bryson Bain 38-yard touchdown pass to Marquese Gardlock 7-7
3Q: 2:47 -Bishop Guilfoyle’s Karson Keisewetter 57 yard pass to Anthony Cioffari 14-7 BG
4Q: 4:38 – Redbank Valley’s Bryson Bain 38-yard touchdown pass to Marquese Gardlock 14-14
4Q: 3:21 – Bishop Guilfoyle’s Cooper Rother 14-yard rushing touchdown 21-14 BG