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Last updated: Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 - 02:04 am EDT

The Pig: Snider and Bishop Luers bring it in Week 1

Both teams bring it to open season

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As The Pig watched Bishop Luers put Snider on the ropes on Friday night at Spuller Stadium and the Panthers respond with magic over the final five-plus minutes, The Anti-Baconator took a few minutes to sit back and reflect.

This is why The Pig wakes from his slumber in late summer every year.

Two traditional state powers made the Week 1 area showdown live up to its billing, with Snider scoring 14 points in the final 5:25 to earn a 31-27 victory.

Players on both sides shined. Isaac Stiebeling showed that Snider will be a two-quarterback team this season along with Colton Painter. The junior did his best Tim Tebow impression against the Knights, accumulating 150 yards of total offense. A lot of his magic came over the final two drives of the game, hitting junior David Turner twice for touchdowns to give Snider the victory.

It took just one week for Malik Bramley to show off arguably the best moves in the area, dodging, ducking, dipping, diving and dodging his way around defenders and finishing with 97 yards receiving and a score.

Speaking of elusive runners, Bishop Luers wideout Tyrell Johnson finished with 134 total yards despite having to nurse an injured ankle in the second half.

Noah Wezensky showcased a gun for an arm, connecting on a pair of touchdowns, including one he threw off his back foot 40 yards downfield.

But this game was less about individual players and more about the teams. This was two teams smacking each other around for three hours in intense competition, without much in the way of after-whistle issues.

It stood as the day Bishop Luers began to forget about nine months of bad memories, without the media or those around school constantly bringing up the winless regular season. The page has been turned for the Knights; the program can now start to write its own story, the 2014 story.

It will be tough for a game to surpass Snider and Bishop Luers the rest of the season. It was what The Pig loves to see, and he wasn't the only one.

“We have not been part of a hard-hitting, hard-played, big-play game in a long, long time,” Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said. “Nobody deserved to lose that game. It was unbelievably well played and hard.

“I say this all the time, but this is what high school football is all about.”

Well said coach, well said.

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