Red Lion to face District 3's best
When the Red Lion football team heads to Hershey next Saturday for its District 3-AAAA final, the Lions will be matched up with the area's most accomplished, playoff-tested program. Cumberland Valley (11-2) has been a fixture in these sort of games over the years. Since the PIAA expanded to four classes in 1985, no big-school program has had more success in the District 3 tournament. Saturday's contest will mark the 26th District 3-AAAA championship game since that expansion. Cumberland Valley has now qualified for 15 of those championship games, and will be going for its 10 district title at the quad-A level. Talk about staggering success. The Eagles also won a pair of district titles at the triple-A level before the class expansion, giving them 11 total D-3 championships. Here's a look at how Cumberland Valley has fared in District 3-AAAA title games over the years. 2009: Cumberland Valley 34, Bishop McDevitt 27 (OT) 2008: Wilson 35, CV 7 2003: CV 32, Reading 14 2001: CV 28, J.P. McCaskey 18 2000: CV 49, South Western 14 1999: Wilson 47, CV 0 1998: CV 14, Chambersburg 0 1994: CV 21, Gettysburg 13 1993: CV 19, Chambersburg 14 1992: CV 10, Harrisburg 7 1991: CV 14, McCaskey 6 1990: Wilson 34, CV 32 1987: Cedar Cliff 2, CV 0 1985: Carlisle 27, CV 3 *Cumberland Valley also won Class AAA titles in 1982 and 1984. **Red Lion played Cumberland Valley once before in the district playoffs. In 1998, the Eagles beat the Lions, 13-3, in a District 3-AAAA semifinal.