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Centre County High School Football Playoff Scoreboard

by on November 08, 2019 9:57 PM

State College defeated McDowell, 42-21, on a snowy night at Erie's Veterans Stadium to win the District 6/10 subregional title and advance to the PIAA first round next week.

The Little Lions will face Delaware Valley, with the site and day to be announced. The Warriors defeated Wilkes-Barre Area, 32-21 in their subregional game on Friday.

State College got off to a hot start on a cold night. A long Isaiah Edwards return of the opening kickoff and a McDowell penalty set the Little Lions up at the Trojan 47. Brady Dorner hit Edwards on a fade pattern in the end zone for a 21-yard scoring toss and State College had a 7-0 lead just over a minute into the first half.

After a McDowell three-and-out, Lokey Howell had an electric, 92-yard punt return that would have been a touchdown negated by a holding penalty that set State College back to its own 5. The Little Lions drive stalled and the two sides traded punts.

When State College got the ball back on its own 15, a couple of long runs by Edwards and Dresyn Green got State College to midfield. Howell then took a Dorner pass, split through two defenders and got to the Trojan 12. But with the Little Lions again looking like they'd make it a two-score game, Green fumbled and McDowell recovered it on the 5 as the first quarter came to a close.

Green made up for it though, recovering a Trojan fumble early in the second, but State College again had to punt.

McDowell looked to be on the verge of tying it up, marching downfield and capitalizing on two Little Lion false starts on fourth down to keep the drive moving. With under six minutes left in the half, however, McDowell fumbled on the State College 4 and Sammy Knipe ran it back 86 yards to the Trojan 10. Green immediately took a 10-yard sweep in for the score and a 14-0 lead.

That proved to be the turning point in the game. On the ensuing kickoff, State College spotted a hole in the Trojan return team and dropped in a directional kick that the Little Lions recovered at the McDowell 46. A pair of Brady Dorner runs got State College inside the red zone and Green got his second score of the day on a 6-yard run with 1:48 left in the half.

State College took a 21-0 lead into halftime.

McDowell struck back to open the third quarter, with quarterback Chris Juchno hitting Darius Wall for a 36-yard touchdown to make it a two-score game again.

On State College's next possession Howell saw another explosive play negated by a hold, this time a 50-yard would-be touchdown run. No matter, on the next play Green went 58 yards for his third touchdown of the day as the Little Lions took a 28-7 lead with eight minutes to go in the third.

Green came up big on the next defensive series as well, picking off a Juchno pass on fourth-and-5. When the Little Lion offense returned to the field, it was junior Nehemiah Howell's time to shine. He ran on three consecutive plays, the last a 9-yard rush into the end zone as State College took a 35-7 lead with 5:07 left in the third.

McDowell didn't give up the fight, and Juchno capped a scoring drive with a touchdown toss to Braeden Soboleski to make it 35-14 with 1:35 left in the third.

But State College immediately closed the door, as Nehemiah Howell turned on the jets for a 56-yard touchdown run, the Little Lions final score of the night.

 

With the snow coming down heavier in the fourth quarter, McDowell added one more. Damarion Rash finished off a long drive with 2-yard touchdown run with 3:59 left in the game.

State College will get a familiar opponent next week. The Little Lions have defeated Delaware Valley in the PIAA Class 6A first round each of the past two years.

 

BELLEFONTE WINS DISTRICT TITLE

Bellefonte got off to a fast start and fended off a Clearfield comeback to win the District 6 4A championship, 35-21, on Friday night in Wingate.

The Red Raiders (9-2) jumped out to a 21-0 lead behind touchdown runs from Nick Capparelle, quarterback Ethan Rossman and Jalen Emel as well as a goal-line stand on defense.

But the Bison (9-3) battled back. Brett Zattoni's 1-yard TD rush got Clearfield on the board, and Hayden Kovalick's interception set up quarterback Oliver Billotte's 1-yard TD run to make it 21-14 at halftime.

With 3:45 remaining in the third quarter, Clearfield pulled even at 21 following Billotte's touchdown pass to Nick Domico.

Bellefonte took control again when senior running back CJ Funk went 16 yards for a touchdown and a 28-14 lead early in the fourth. Rossman's 11-yard touchdown run with just over two minutes left in the game gave the Raiders breathing room and Emel's interception with 1:12 left in the game sealed the district title and a trip to the PIAA playoffs.

The Raiders will face defending state 4A champions Cathedral Prep in the PIAA first round next week, with the date and site to be announced. The Ramblers defeated University Prep, 42-6, in the District 8/10 regional game on Friday night.  

TOBIAS SETS RECORD IN LOSS

Penns Valley fell to a juggernaut Richland team, 49-21, in the District 6 Class 2A semifinal on Friday night. Though PV's season came to an end with the loss, quarterback Aaron Tobias etched his name into the Pennsylvania record books.

Tobias threw all three of Penns Valley's touchdowns, giving him 54 on the year to set a new state single-season record for passing touchdowns in a season, eclipsing the previous mark of 52.

Penns Valley (10-2) took an early 7-0 lead on Tobias' record-tying scoring toss to Austin Fisher. Richland (12-0) tied it up before the end of the first quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run, then took the lead on fumble recovery returned for a score early in the second.

Richland then pulled away, opening up a 28-7 halftime lead and expanding it to 35-7 in the third. 

Tobias broke the touchdown record on a 66-yard pass to Fisher then added to it with a 20-yard pass to Logan Snyder.

Richland will play the winner of Saturday's other semifinal between Bellwood-Antis and Ligonier Valley for the district title.

BALD EAGLE AREA VS. WESTMONT HILLTOP

No. 1 seed Bald Eagle Area (8-3) will play No. 2 Westmont Hilltop at 7 p.m. Saturday in Altoona's Mansion Park for the District 6 Class 3A championship



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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