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Keaton Ellis Shines Against Carlisle, Lions Win 56-17

Written by: on Monday, September 17th, 2018


“It’s awesome having a weapon like Keaton Ellis, he just makes plays, he flat out balls, he’s a really good target for me.”

State College Area High School starting quarterback Tommy Friberg certainly was enjoying the performance put on by Keaton Ellis on Friday night against the Carlisle Thundering Herd. Ellis, a Penn State Football commit, was electric, putting four touchdowns to his name along with an interception. The State High defense was also impressive, only allowing 17 points on the game.

Keaton Ellis was the games’ all-star. Ellis, who on the first drive had a 58 yard touchdown reception called back on offensive pass interference, would score seven plays later on a 14 yard touchdown pass. Ellis was only getting started as the ensuing Carlisle drive would be intercepted by a diving Ellis. Shortly after the start of the second quarter, Keaton Ellis would have a 36 yard reception that put State High up by 7. Then later, following a punt block later in the quarter, Ellis would take it all the way from the Carlisle 38. Down by three touchdowns near the end of the half, Carlisle had a 39 yard field goal set up, but a missed block gave Cohen Russell a clear path toward the kicker and Ellis a clear path to the endzone.

The quarterbacks for both teams played admirably. Both State High’s Tommy Friberg and Carlisle’s Cole Wolaver went 11 for 18, but the passing game for the Lions was far more impactful with 298 yards compared with Wolaver’s 87 yards with only one pass for over 15.

The one positive for Carlisle through the game was the power running attack created by running back Tritsyn Sulich. Sulich had 27 carries with one memorable 54 yard rush that tied the game at 7 late in the 1st quarter. State High’s leading rusher was Isaiah Edwards, who, despite not playing until the fourth quarter and only having 3 rushes, achieved 79 yards and two 60+ yard touchdowns. Friberg was second on the team with 59 yards.

Despite his success throughout the game, Ellis was quick to recognize his offensive line following the game, “We had a huge offensive game,” Ellis said “our o-line played amazing, we were able to give Tommy time.” The State High offensive line, which sustained an early injury from starter James Pone, was able to hold back the oncoming Carlisle pressure. “That was a team that liked to blitz alot, so we were able to protect Tommy” Ellis continued “I think that was one of the best takeaways from the game.”

Synopsis: Carlisle’s defense was simply just outmatched. The lack of depth, especially in the secondary was too much for the Thundering Herd. The Herd’s offensive line, however, played extremely well and were able to create holes in the rushing game. In a different world, this could have been very different, but it was an easy victory for State High’s potent offensive attack.

What’s Next?: Carlisle will look to regroup against another top 15 6A team, the Central Dauphin Rams, while State College will play Chambersburg at home.

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