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Bulldogs try to reach championship

With every victory it secures, the Jersey Shore football team makes history.

Five weeks ago, the Bulldogs repeated as league champions for the first time. Two weeks later, they repeated as district champions for the first time. The following week they won their first-ever state tournament game and last week they outlasted Pottsville in one of the greatest state football tournament games ever played. But these hungry Bulldogs are not satisfied.

Now, Jersey Shore is chasing the state’s biggest prize and trying to end its historical season the best way possible. Jersey Shore travels to Danville tonight and plays Dallas in the Class AAAA state semifinals. The winner moves on to next Thursday’s state championship and a shot at high school football immortality.

Jersey Shore (11-3) has made the deepest run in program history and is trying to become the first Lycoming County team to reach a state final since South Williamsport in 1997. Dallas (14-0) is undefeated, but Jersey Shore has won seven straight games and erased a 21-point first-quarter deficit a week ago, edging Pottsville, 42-35 in triple overtime. This is a team with entire communities standing in its corner as it tries earning a state championship berth that once upon a time seemed so far out of reach.

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