State College High Football faces off with top-seeded DuBois in District 6-9 title game
ALTOONA — State College heads into the District 6-9, AAAA championship game on Friday night against a very balanced and dangerous DuBois team.
DuBois, who had a bye in the first round, is 8-1 this season with the only blemish on its record a 17-15 loss last week to Slippery Rock. The Beavers feature a balanced attack and have two exceptional players heading the passing and the running games.
Sophomore quarterback Gabe French completed 111 of 169 passes this season (65%) for 1535 yards and 17 touchdowns, and senior running back Garrett Brown ran the ball 171 times for 1654 yards and 23 touchdowns. That’s almost 3200 yards of offense and 40 touchdowns from two players.
In all, the Beavers average 202 yards per game passing and 228 yards rushing, and they score an average of 48 points per game.
Their wins this season include victories over Franklin, 61-21, Punxsutawney, 50-6, Brookville, 52-13, and Bradford, 84-6 (not a misprint).
In week one, they defeated Mifflin County, 34-24, the only common opponent on the schedule with State College.
State College, now 8-3 after last week’s 42-25 win over Central Mountain in the first round, also has a balanced attack with quarterback Pat Irwin and receivers Dan Fry and Darian Hernecane pacing the passing attack, and Ryan Goeke, Andrew Kelly, Ebrahim Britton, and Chris Theis leading the rushers.
State College has good size across the offensive and defensive lines, and the Little Lions have played a challenging schedule including Central Dauphin, Chambersburg, Harrisburg, Liberty, and Cumberland Valley, all quality AAAA programs.
Last week, SC for the most part contained Central Mountain’s Von Walker, but the Wildcats came back from a 42-7 deficit to score the final 18 points of the game. Teams have shown they can move the ball against the Little Lions, and this game will likely come down to how well they match up with French and Brown.
If You Go
Who: No. 2 State College vs. No. 1 DuBois
What: District 6-9 AAAA Final
Where: Mansion Park, Altoona
When: Friday, Nov. 16
Tickets: Available at the gate
Radio: ESPN Radio 1450 AM, State College