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Whitehall heads to 5A finals

Whitehall football felt exactly like Whitehall football last Friday night when the Zephyrs won their District XI Class 5A semifinal, 43-14, against Southern Lehigh at Whitehall.

“After the last six weeks we dropped, we went through a lot of adversity with guys going down and things like that,” said Whitehall head football coach Matt Senneca, “but the credit I’ll give these kids is they never stop fighting, and they earned this tonight, and they proved they could be here and deserved to be here, and I’m really happy for them.”

Whitehall running back Damonte Foreman scored five touchdowns against the Spartans but was quick to spread the wealth.

“t feels good to score five touchdowns. I wasn’t even expecting it,” Foreman said, “but I ran the ball and the O line did their part, so shout-out to them.”

Foreman rushed for a total of 147 yards and had 139 receiving yards.

Late in the second quarter, Whitehall sophomore quarterback Trey Dogmanits completed an 80-yard pass to Foreman for the Zephs’ third touchdown.

“[Dogmanits] is getting more comfortable, he’s starting to play really well, and understand the offense a lot more, so we’re happy with the way he’s playing,” said Senneca.

Foreman saved his longest run of the night for the fourth quarter on an 89-yard kickoff return.

“My coaches put together a great game plan, so it feels good to come out here and just get a nice playoff win,” he said. “We won it last year, so we had a lot of confidence coming into playoffs.”

Southern Lehigh was held scoreless by the Zephyrs’ defense until the last 30 seconds of the second quarter when wide receiver John Inglis scored on a 28-yard pass from quarterback James Wisecarver that was almost broken up by the Zephyrs.

“I thought we got a lot of pressure on the quarterback,” said Coach Senneca. “We’ve gotta do a better job of knocking some of those balls down; the 50-50 balls we were going up for and stuff like that, but for the most part, I was really happy with our defense.”

Capping off the night was a Solehi fumble recovered by Whitehall junior Jacob Cordon who took it into the end zone for a touchdown with 57 seconds remaining in the game.

Senior Davonte Foreman drives for a first down in Whitehall's win.
Zephyr Jack Jacobus tracks down Southern Lehigh quarterback.
Press photos by Al Zuzic Jack Jacobus and Devin Donatelli pressure the quarterback during last week's victory over the Spartans
Davonte Foreman and James Drumheller stuff a Spartan runner.