Wissahickon stuns top-seeded Downingtown East

Sixteenth-seeded Wissahickon shocked top-seeded Downingtown East with a last-second field goal in the first round of the District 1 AAAA football playoffs at Downingtown West.

East, which entered the game 10-0 and ranked second in Southeast Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, rallied from 14 back in the second half to tie the game with seven minutes left, but Wissahickon managed a 22-yard field goal by Greg McDonough as time expired to shock the favorites, 38-35.

Wissahickon charged ahead with a 21-point third quarter led by Dave Stillato, who broke off three of his four touchdowns, to take a 35-21 lead.

After Stillato’s final score, Downingtown East began its comeback. Jay Harris, a Michigan State recruit, returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.

When Downingtown East threatened to tie the game after blocking a punt near the end zone, Wissahickon recovered the ball and ran for a first down.

But the Cougars later evened the score at 35 when Harris capitalized on a Wissahickon fumble and scored on a 5-yard run with seven minutes left.

The upset marked the second time in three years that the top seed in District 1 Class AAAA had lost in the first round. In 2010, 16th-seeded West Chester Henderson knocked off Ridley, 14-13.