Let the Games Begin: State College High School Football Ready for Postseason Action
AAAA, District 6 first round
WHO: No. 2 State College (7-3) vs. No. 3 Central Mountain (5-5)
WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Memorial Field, State College
The task for State College on Friday in the first round of the AAAA, District 6 playoffs is all about controlling Central Mountain’s all-everything Von Walker.
Walker by any standard had a monster season. He rushed for 1,489 yards and 15 touchdowns and completed 54 of 98 passes for 1,066 yards and six touchdowns. If you’re counting, that’s over 2,500 yards of offense and 21 touchdowns from just one player.
Throw in Drew Alexander’s 653 yards and 4 touchdowns and Blaze Buckwalter’s 410 with four TDs and Central Mountain presents many problems for any defense.
The two teams did meet before this season, in week two, and State College posted a 36-7 win in a game that was not that close. Since then, however, Central Mountain posted big wins against Bellefonte, Huntingdon, Athens, and Jersey Shore to go along with close losses to Central Columbia, Mifflin County, and Tyrone.
The Wildcats come in with a two-game win streak, and would like nothing better than to advance at the expense of the Little Lions.
State College lost its season finale against Cumberland Valley, 17-14, in what was an extremely well played and competitive high school football game. The Little Lions, with Pat Irwin in control at quarterback and lightning-fast skill people like Dan Fry, Darian Hernecane, Ebrahim Britton, and Andrew Kelly, are a threat to score on any play.
This game will likely come down to the SC defense keeping Walker under wraps, but anything can happen if Central Mountain springs a couple big plays and keeps it close into the fourth quarter.