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The first chance to seal the game slipped through Max Teyral's hands. The second got knocked away by a teammate just before it fell into his arms.

So when Dallastown's junior safety got his hands on an errant throw for the third time in the fourth quarter, he made sure to make the most of it. He sprinted down the sidelines behind his teammates, then maneuvered into open space and into the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown that let Wildcat fans breath a sigh of relief.

Dallastown won the game 23-13, but early in the night it looked like the score wouldn't be that close. Zion Devance and Mike Sparks scored first quarter touchdowns to give the Wildcats a quick 14-0 lead, but they wouldn't score again until Teyral's mad dash.

Tension steadily built through the second, third and fourth quarters as Penn Manor — which hasn't won a game since Oct. 2014 — clawed back into the contest with a touchdown and four forced turnovers. But that tension evaporated the moment Teyral crossed the goal line.

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The Wildcats beat the Penn Manor Comets during a "Gold Out" game to raise childhood cancer awareness. Zach Miller, GameTimePA.com

“Third time’s a charm," Teyral said. "Everyone gave me some blocks and we were able to seal the win.”

The Dallastown run game accounted for most of its offense, as the Wildcats racked up 304 yards on the ground. Devance rushed for 108 of those yards, Rodney Scott rushed for 114 and quarterback Mike Sparks rushed for 66.

The four turnovers — plus eight penalties that cost Dallastown 83 yards — kept the game close.

“That’s something I challenged them with: we need to play to our expectations," Dallastown coach Kevin Myers said. "Penn Manor is a good football team, they played hard for 48 minutes and they were in that game. We didn’t play Wildcat football the second, third and fourth quarters. Too many mistakes, too many turnovers, it was very uncharacteristic of a Wildcat football team. That will get fixed, there’s no doubt about that.”

The Wildcats start YAIAA Division I play next week as one of three undefeated teams in the division. Two teams, Central York and Spring Grove, are 2-1.

“This division is gonna be tough, there’s no doubt about it," Myers said. "We’re gonna have seven hard weeks, it’s gonna be a battle every week.”

Dallastown 23, Penn Manor 13

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First Quarter

D -- Zion Devance 17 run (Drake Pew kick), 9:19.

D -- Mike Sparks 1 run (Drake Pew kick), 4:05.

Third Quarter

PM -- Grant Gale 17 pass from Josiah Edwards (Liam Hart kick), 9:57.

D -- Safety, 5:36

Fourth Quarter

D -- Max Teyral 70 interception return (Pew kick), 4:06

PM -- Gale 9 pass from Edwards (pass failed), 0:42.

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Rushing — PM, Tony Dandridge 7-16, Evann Jones 6-13, Josiah Edwards 11-27, Theoren McElheny 8-4, Grant Gale 2-(-8). D, Mike Sparks 6-66, Zion Devance 13-108, Rodney Scott 9-114, Edgar Centeno 4-16.

Passing — PM, Edwards 20-29-234-1. D, Sparks 3-12-24-1.

Receiving — PM, Gale 4-64, Dandridge 6-28, Ben Wright 4-39, McElheny 3-45, Xavier Roman 1-9, Adam Presnell 2-21, Jones 1-28. D, Elijah Lloyd 2-10, Connor Moore 1-14.

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