Penn Manor wins in Ireland

Photos courtesy of Tom Beary

Photos courtesy of Tom Beary

by Jeff Fisher

Penn Manor opened the 2014 Pennsylvania high school football season with a 27-20 win over Cedar Cliff in Dublin Ireland. Below is a the game story provided by Global Football.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DUBLIN, IRELAND – Friday, August 29, 2014 – The Penn Manor Comets emerged victorious with a 27-20 Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT) 2014 win over Pennsylvania high school American football rival the Cedar Cliff Colts under Dublin Friday Night Lights.

Having fallen behind to an early rushing touchdown by Colts sophomore quarterback Grant Breneman at the University College Dublin Bowl, Penn Manor took a first quarter lead they would not relinquish and in the ultimate road game, opened the season in style from 3,200 miles from home.


“It was an incredible experience for both teams and it’s unfortunate somebody has to lose,” said Penn Manor head coach Todd Mealy. “The kids played hard on both sides tonight and gave the people in Ireland a heck of a game to watch and hopefully people back home watching the live stream enjoyed it as well.

“There’s no doubt we beat a very good team and my hat’s off to Coach Gillen and his team. I think we just made one more play than them and had the ball bounced differently for them maybe the outcome would have been a little different.

“This is special for both of our communities and we’re fortunate to be the ones that came out on top.”

Organized by Global Football, the GIFT game got underway in driving rain after Honorary Chairman, former Penn State and NFL tight end Kyle Brady, performed the coin toss, along with Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson.

Comets quarterback Tanner Erisman, followed up his game-tying five-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Spangler with a 24-yard scoring bullet to Keagan Gamber in the corner of the end zone to open up a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, as Cedar Cliff took advantage of a turnover and the evening sky brightened.

Erisman then rushed for a touchdown, but a missed extra point matching the Colts’ earlier failure meant 14 points separated the teams in the second quarter. The quarterback might have inflicted further damaged, but was intercepted in the end zone on the stroke of halftime.

The lead was extended to 27-6 soon after the break, but Colts running back Jayden Demmy tore 44 yards through the Comets defense and raced all the way to the end zone on the way to a 150-yard performance on the ground, to cut the deficit to 14 points, trailing 27-13. With two minutes still to play in the third period, Cedar Cliff pulled to with seven, through another touchdown rush by Breneman, but Penn Manor controlled the fourth quarter clock and held on for the victory.

Key stats:



Penn Manor: Tanner Erisman 9-20-177-2-2. Cedar Cliff: Grant Breneman 5-11-77-0-2


Penn Manor: Tyler Spangler 8-46; Jamal McCaskell 8-35; Tanner Erisman 7-17-1; Ashton Leschke 6-26; Justin Matias 2-8; Carter Kinser 2-5. Cedar Cliff: Grant Breneman 19- 92-2; Jayden Demmy 16-150-1


Penn Manor: Ashton Leschke 3-23; Keagan Gamber 2-28-1; Tyler Spangler 2-11-1; Grant Cale 1-55; Gerrin McKinnie 1-8. Cedar Cliff: Noah Malone 2-42; Trysten McDonald 1-13; Jordan Stiles 1-12; Jayden Demmy 1-10


This is a University College Dublin event, sponsored by GIFT

About Global Football

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Since 1996 Global Football has provided amateur football players, coaches, families and fans the opportunity to travel and compete internationally with similar people of differing cultures. During that time they have produced games and tours in 21 countries on 6 continents, including the 2012 GIFT event staged in Ireland alongside the Notre Dame-Navy game. Through these games, clinics and tours the people involved experience and learn about unique lands, fascinating peoples, and the sports environment in different parts of the world. Through these efforts, Global Football has been the world’s largest exporter and producer of American football outside of the USA.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.