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State College Rolls Past Altoona; Penns Valley Wins Mountain League Title

by on October 18, 2019 9:42 PM

Coming off its first loss of the season last week, State College certainly didn't get caught licking its wounds Friday night in Altoona.

Junior Dresyn Green rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and returned an interception for another score as the Little Lions (8-1, 6-1) shutout the Mountain Lions (1-8, 0-6), 48-0.

After a time-consuming Altoona drive stalled in Little Lion territory, State College moved quickly on its first possession, capping a 60-yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Brady Dorner to Isaiah Edwards to take a 7-0 lead.

State College was more methodical on its second possession. A balanced 92-yard effort over more than three minutes ended with Green's 7-yard touchdown run.

After senior Kevin Kurzinger notched his first of two sacks on the night to force an Altoona punt, Green took the return 29 yards to the Mountain Lion 24. Three plays later Dorner found Lokey Howell, who avoided two tackles on his way to the end zone for a 10-yard score as the Little Lions took a 21-0 lead with 8:07 left in the half.

Altoona had its best drive of the night on its next possession, with quarterback Marcus Day leading the Mountain Lions to the State College 19. But on third and 9, Day underthrew a pass to the end zone. State College's Trevor Beck picked it off and ran it back to near midfield.

Howell took a reverse 25 yards to the Altoona 27 before Dorner and Edwards connected again, this time for a 27-yard touchdown as the Little Lions went 52 yards in 19 seconds for a 28-0 lead.

With less than a minute left in the half, Green jumped a Day pass at the 48 and ran it all the way back for another Little Lion score and State College took a 34-0 lead into halftime.

Dorner stayed on the sideline for the second half and junior Conrad Moore took over at quarterback. On State College's second possession of the half, Moore's 29-yard pass to Green got the Little Lions to midfield. A short time later, Green got his third touchdown of the game on a 10-yard run.

Moore completed the scoring on 36-yard keeper for a touchdown with 9:10 left in the game.

State College, which has already sewn up the top seed for District 6 Class 6A, will finish out the regular season against Cumberland Valley at noon next Saturday at Beaver Stadium. 

Penns Valley 62, Tyrone 14

Penns Valley's high-powered offense came to play once again and the Rams (8-1, 6-1) secured the Mountain League championship with a 55-14 win at Tyrone (2-7, 2-5).

The Rams got another standout performance from quarterback Aaron Tobias, who got it done with his arm and his legs. The senior was 19-of-27 for 430 yards passing and five touchdowns, plus two more rushing scores. Logan Snyder had seven receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns, while Austin Fisher caught five passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Penns Valley's defense, meanwhile, was solid throughout the night, forcing two turnovers that set up touchdowns.

Penns Valley was scheduled to play Philipsburg-Osceola next week, but the Mounties forfeited their final two games of the season. PV would have been heavy favorites anyway, but the assured win means the Rams will finish league play at 7-1. With tie-breaking wins over both Bellefonte and Bald Eagle, the Rams capture the Mountain League title. PV also claims the top seed in the District 6 Class 2A playoffs.

Jersey Shore 42, Bald Eagle 0

A tough Jersey Shore team that defeated Bellefonte in the season opener was never going to be an easy out for Bald Eagle, but few probably expected Friday night's result.

The Bulldogs (6-3) took a 15-0 lead into halftime then opened the floodgates in the second half to pound the Eagles (7-2, 6-1), 42-0, in a non-league game at Wingate.

After a scoreless first quarter, Jersey Shore struck on touchdown run by QB Tanner Lorson then got a safety when a BEA snap went out of the end zone. A short touchdown toss by Lorson extended the Bulldog lead before halftime. Lorson added a rushing and a passing TD in the second half, while Hayden Packer and Dawson Sechrist tacked on rushing scores.

BEA will host Bellefonte (7-2, 6-1), which won by forfeit against P-O this week, next Friday for the Curtin Bowl.

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