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State College Prepares to Tackle Defending State Champions on Road

by on September 28, 2012 6:00 AM

State College’s next opponent is not a team to get healthy against after Friday’s 33-12 loss to Harrisburg on Homecoming.

Quite the opposite.

The Little Lions (3-1) will travel down state Route 322 Friday night to take on defending Class AAAA state champion Central Dauphin (3-1) at 7 p.m.

Central Dauphin is 3-1 this season, with its only loss coming at the hands of the always tough Bishop McDevitt, 24-7, in week two. CD has scored 115 points in its last two games, a 63-7 romp over South Western and a 52-27 win over Chambersburg.

Senior quarterback Brandon Lavia is one of the leaders of the team. He has completed 32 of 57 passes for 489 yards and seven touchdowns, while only being intercepted twice.

Central Dauphin’s strength is in its rushing game. It has rushed for 836 total yards this season, gaining at a clip of 209 yards per game.

Senior Drew Scales in the top runner, rushing for 322 yards on 28 carries and four touchdowns. He’s followed by junior Ben Mosey, 186 yards on 22 carries and a TD, and Zayd Issah, 170 yards, 19 carries and 2 TDs. Issah and Jordan Bowman are the top receivers with 136 yards each and a combined three touchdowns.

After taking care of Bethlehem Liberty, Central Mountain, and Father Judge, the Little Lions faltered in the second half against Harrisburg, giving up 20 points in the third and fourth quarters.

All season the Little Lions have been led by senior wide receiver Darian Herncane, quarterback Pat Irwin, and running backs Andrew Kelly, Ebrahim Britton, Ryan Goeke, and Chris Theis.

State College's 2012 Schedule

08/31/12 Liberty HS W 26-7

09/07/12 Central Mountain HS W 36-7

09/15/12 Father Judge HS W 33-23

09/21/12 Harrisburg HS L 33-12

09/28/12 Central Dauphin HS A 7 PM

10/05/12 Chambersburg Area HS H 7 PM

10/12/12 Central Dauphin East HS A 7 PM

10/19/12 Carlisle HS A 7 PM

10/26/12 Mifflin County HS H 7 PM

11/02/12 Cumberland Valley HS H 7 PM

Pat Rothdeutsch covers Penn State football for The Centre County Gazette. Email him at
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