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Green Shines As State College Beats Harrisburg 21-6 To Stay Unbeaten

by on October 04, 2019 11:00 PM

James Franklin was there to see Harrisburg line prospect Nate Bruce as the Cougars faced State College on Friday evening, but he should have stayed to see Dresyn Green.

Franklin wouldn't have needed to wait long either. Only minutes into the game on Harrisburg's first drive Green jumped a pass for a red zone interception giving the Little Lions an early boost of momentum en route to a 21-6 victory on a chilly night at the South Track field. Quarterback Brady Dorner punched in the game's first score not long after, pumping his first in the air as he celebrated with teammates.

By then Franklin was already well on his way to Lancaster for the second stop on a busy recruiting slate, just hours removed from the program's most recent commit.

At 6-0 on the year, the Little Lions' opening touchdown had them on the path toward a seventh victory as Harrisburg struggled to move the ball.

The Cougars showed more signs of life in the second half following a quarterback change, but it was Green once again with the interception, returning it untouched 14 yards for six points. At that point, 14-0 felt like 140-0 as Harrisburg struggled with execution and self-inflicted wounds on the windy field.

Green would later sweep into the end zone while on offense for his second score of the game and a 21-0 lead. 

A 93-yard kickoff return touchdown by Trevion Carey would put Harrisburg on the comeback trail early in the fourth quarter, and following a stalled State College drive, the Cougars had a chance to cut the lead to a single touchdown.

But facing a long fourth down it was State College's defense swarming to the ball just a few yards shy of the first down marker, and Green was there to help make the stop.

The win improves the Little Lions' record to 7-0 ahead of a home meeting with Central Dauphin next weekend.

As for Bruce, the player Franklin was there to see with offensive line coach Matt Limegrover, he was fairly unimpressive on the night, his large and imposing frame aside.

But Green, who had 75 rushing yards along with his two interceptions, was something to see all four quarters, and if Franklin doesn't come back one day down the road, it's safe to assume plenty of other colleges will.

Centre County Scoreboard:

Penns Valley 14, Bellefonte 6

The Rams (6-1) and Red Raiders (5-2) duked it out in a defensive struggle at Bellefonte's Rogers Stadium with all of the scoring coming in the first half. Penns Valley travels to Bishop Carroll next week. Bellefonte will visit Central.

Bald Eagle 34, Huntingdon 0

The Eagles (6-1) went up 20-0 by halftime in Wingate and never looked back. BEA will visit Clearfield (6-1) next week in a critical Mountain League matchup.

North Penn-Mansfield 31, Philipsburg-Osceola 7

A Mounties team that has been struggling with injuries found tough sledding once again at home in a non-league matchup against North Penn-Mansfield after falling behind 24-7 at the half. P-O (1-6) will look to regain traction next week when it visits Huntingdon (2-5) for a Mountain League game.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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