Reaching new Heights: Highlanders PIAA journey heads to Williamsport

Nov. 19—The Cambria Heights High School football team's historic season will include a trip to Williamsport Area High School in the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal round on Saturday night.

The District 6 champion Highlanders (10-3) will play District 4 champion South Williamsport (10-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

"I'm just so proud of the guys and our coaching staff," Cambria Heights coach Jarrod Lewis said after Friday's win on a rainy night in Altoona.

"I knew it meant a lot to the community, but, man, it just feels great to get it done," Lewis said.

Cambria Heights won the first District 6 football championship in program history by defeating Heritage Conference rival Purchase Line 27-13 on Friday at Mansion Park. The championship game was played in a steady downpour that intensified in the second half.

South Williamsport beat host Muncy 57-20 on Friday in the District 4 championship contest.

"It's starting to hit us all. We played a good game and we're all excited for it," said Cambria Heights sophomore linebacker Dawson Warner, who had an interception that led to a Highlanders touchdown against Purchase Line.

Cambria Heights junior tight end-defensive tackle Garrett Jasper had a scoop-and-score fumble recovery and ran for another touchdown in the District 6 championship game.

"It's going to take a few days to realize what happened," Jasper said after the win. "It feels like a dream."