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State College Dominates on Senior Night 49-14

Written by: on Saturday, October 20th, 2018

 

Two weeks ago, the State College Little Lions left Severance Field in Harrisburg suffering their first loss since November of 2017. Harrisburg had bested a very young and inexperienced offensive line and had held the dynamic State High offense fruitless for the first three quarters. Key starters Isaiah Edwards and James Pone were mysteriously missing and State High had to turn to Sophomore Dresyn Green as the tailback.

Last week, State High flipped the switch, as a matchup with Central Dauphin and their vaunted and muscular defense, would give State High confidence, scoring effectively against the Rams and solidifying their number one seed out of District 6 in the playoffs.

On Friday night, State High renewed a rivalry with neighboring city Altoona. The matchup would be the first in nine years. State High continued their success against rival Altoona, scoring 42 points in the first half to end Altoona’s hopes at a rematch for the district 6 title. The return of Isaiah Edwards gave the State High offense leverage against a strong Altoona D-Line, and both Dre Green and Edwards scored from long range as Isaiah Edwards would have 3 touchdowns and Green would have 2. Tommy Friberg would have a pass to Cohen Russell for the first score of the game, and another pass to Jeremy Bullock later would be fumbled at the 1 yardline, only to be picked up and brought in by Brady Dorner.

The offensive line stepped up their game against Altoona Toledo Commit Gaige Hill. Players like Logan Leib, Shane Cole and Kobe Asendorf were dominant in substituting roles of missing and injured players. Ramsey Kifolo’s move to center has been without flaw, as snapping issues are nonexistent so far “ I feel like the conversion to center has gone good,” Kifolo said “Not without everyone else on the line, I feel like everyone is getting better, not just me.”

The State College defense struggled to stop the Altoona rushing attack on the first drive, but a turnover on downs would give the Lions confidence, a confidence that would allow the defense to hold Altoona outside the redzone all but twice the rest of the game.

Synopsis: State High, for the first time all year, was firing on all cylinders. The rushing game was dynamic and multi-dimensional, rushing down the middle against a good defensive line as well as the outside rushing and screen game. The defense was dominant and suffocating, only giving up one play for more than 20 yards. Altoona is long way away from where they were in 2009, but look to be getting better as the qb threat of Connor McCarthy and Marcus Day gave Altoona a sharpness on offense that against a less talented defense would have been lethal. Unfortunately for Altoona, they played the wrong team on the wrong day to generate success, and the end of their playoff hopes was the consequence

What’s Next?: Altoona needs to regroup quickly as they play on Senior Night against Harrisburg while State College will travel to Cumberland Valley to finish off the season before heading to districts.

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