Friday, November 27, 2015

Football: Washington Twp. beats Cherokee

Football: Washington Twp. beats Cherokee



By Phil Anastasia

Tom Hildebrand passed for two scores and ran for the winning score as Washington Twp. rallied for a 22-18 victory over Cherokee on Friday night.

Hildebrand, a senior QB, was 12-for-20 passing for 104 yards and two touchdowns and also ran 16 times for 72 yards and a score.

His 5-yard TD run with 1:10 on the clock was the game winner for WT (4-1).

Cherokee (1-3) rallied from a 15-0 deficit behind quarterback Trevor Osler (14-for-18 passing for 197 yards) and running back Matt Stickney (18 carries, 77 yards).

The Chiefs scored 18 unanswered points and took an 18-15 lead on Stickney's nine-yard touchdown run and Osler's two-point conversion pass to Jake Powell with just 2:13 remaining in the game.

But junior Andrew O'Neill returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to the Cherokee 30. After a face mask penalty, Hildebrand carried twice for the final 14 yards, scoring the game-winner from five yards out with 1:10 on the clock.
"I had no doubt we were going to come back," Hildebrand said. "It reminded me of baseball. Last year we had five walk-off wins. That's our mentality."

Washington Twp. 7 8 0 7 -- 22
Cherokee 0 7 0 11 -- 18
WT: Andrew O'Neill 10 pass from Tom Hildebrand (Hildebrand kick)
WT: John Williams 9 pass from Hildebrand (Matt Long pass from Hildebrand)
C: Trevor Osler 1 run (Ken Ravel kick)
C: Ravel 32 FG
C: Matt Stickney 9 run (Jake Powell pass from Osler)
WT: Hildebrand 5 run (Hildebrand kick)

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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at

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