PCN will re-air Pine-Richland’s snowy 2003 PIAA football final

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 7:59 PM

The images are among the most iconic in PIAA football championship history.

Hersheypark Stadium was blanketed in white and snowflakes fell from the sky as Pine-Richland and Manheim Central battled through two overtimes in the 2003 Class 3A state final. The Pennsylvania Cable Network will rebroadcast the game statewide at 7 p.m. Saturday as part of its PCN Sports Classics series.

Pine-Richland’s season ended in a 39-38 double-overtime loss when Manheim Central blocked an extra point.

“Somebody had to lose,” Pine-Richland coach Clair Altemus said in 2003. “There’s tears right now. It’s been a long time since we’ve lost.”

Senior running back Greg Hough rushed for 126 yards on 34 carries and scored three touchdowns.

Pine-Richland’s roster also featured future MLB player Neil Walker, who at the time was a Clemson baseball commit. Walker rushed for 31 yards on four carries, caught two passes for 45 yards, returned a kickoff 43 yards and led the team with nine tackles.

He also scored a touchdown in overtime.

“That’s what Neil Walker does best,” Altemus said in 2003. “You put the ball in his hands and he makes magic. We’ll never see another one like that. There will never be another Neil Walker.”

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter .


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