DALLASTOWN - Dallastown wide receiver Malik Lewis has 50 receptions so far this season.

Some he'll remember more than others after his playing days are over.

One catch he'll never forget.

Lewis caught a six-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with just 16 seconds remaining in the game on Friday night to give the Wildcats a dramatic 21-20 victory over Central Dauphin East.

The victory allowed Dallastown to record school history as they became the first Wildcats team to advance to the District 3 semifinals.

Dallastown (10-2), the No. 3-seeded team in Class AAAA, will travel to Cumberland Valley (10-2) next Friday night to take on the Eagles who are the No. 2-seeded team.

Lewis' grab of Andrew Henry's pass on a fourth-and-two play made next week's trip possible.

"The past three years, we've been a connection," Lewis said. "He (Henry) showed trust in me, and I came through. It means a lot to me to be part of this team."

Henry's pass to Lewis capped a clutch, 80-yard, 13-play scoring drive which Dallastown made in the final four and one-half minutes. CD East was called for three penalties during the deciding march.

Earlier this season, the Wildcats drove 67 yards in the fourth quarter to pull out a victory over Dover.

"I knew we could do it," Henry said of Friday night's nearly length-of-the-field drive. We worked so hard the last three and four years to get this opportunity.



Henry capped the advance when he drilled a pass to Lewis on the play that kept Dallastown's season alive.

"I figured they would guard the out (pattern) against Max (Naill), but I knew I had Malik dragging across the back of the end zone. I had time to make the throw."

Lewis made the catch, and Dallastown will be playing next week for a chance to earn a place in the district championship game.

That's incredible to make history," Henry said. "That 2010 (Dallastown) team was a really good team, and they didn't go that far. To be part of this team is a privilege."

Henry completed 11 of 20 passes (six of nine in the second half) for 117 yards and three touchdowns, two to Lewis and one to Naill. Lewis had five receptions for 84 yards, and Robert Catchings racked up 99 yards for Dallastown including a 62-yard burst in the second quarter. McKinley Curran kicked a 35-yard field goal for the winners.

"Malik came to us in ninth grade, and since then, he and Andrew have been hooking up," Dallastown head coach Kevin Myers said.

"Andrew did a great job moving around in the pocket, and Malik did a great job coming open. The last play, he (Lewis) had two guys on him."

Chase Edmonds led CD East by rushing for 169 yards and a touchdown.

"He's a terrific back" Myers said. "Numbers are numbers, but the only numbers we're concerned about is how many points we score and how many points we give up."

"This group of kids, they feel they can win."