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State High Football: Little Lions Win Thriller On Final Play Over Chambersburg

by on October 05, 2012 11:38 PM

If State College's thrilling, last-second 30-28 victory against Chambersburg is the final game to be played inside of the historic Memorial Field, few would argue that there could have been a better game to mark the occasion.

After three quarters of hard fought football, the Little Lions found themselves down 21-13 on the Chambersburg 14-yard line.

Ian Fennessey's 26-yard field goal cut Chambersburg's lead to 21-16 with 10:44 left, and two strong defensive series by the Little Lions gave them the chance they needed to take the lead.

State College was able to do just that, marching down the field and scoring, and Andrew Kelly's 10-yard TD run and an Ebrahim Britton 2-point conversion gave State College a slim 24-21 lead with 5:04 left.

With State College's suffocating defense, the Memorial Field crowd could feel the Little Lion's first win in three games only minutes away. With Chambersburg pinned only three yards from its own end zone and with less than 60 seconds on the clock, it was all but over.

But it wasn't.

A quick pass to the right flat was all Chambersburg's Jamal Pickett needed. A few key blocks down the field and what could have been only a short gain turned into a 97-yard touchdown with 41 seconds remaining. Chambersburg's 28-24 lead sent the Memorial Field crowd into a stunned silence. With 41 seconds to go, it was all but over.

But it wasn't.

With one timeout, the Little Lions started deep in their own territory and used the sidelines and a few crisp passes to get the ball inside Chambersburg's 40-yard line with just less than 20 seconds remaining.

With seven seconds left, State High QB Andrew Kelly rolled to his left, turned and ran back across the field, throwing a 21-yard dart to a diving Dan Fry, whose catch sent a shock-wave around the stadium and gave the Little Lions the win.

The future of Memorial Field is unknown. A growing sinkhole under the home stands has put talks of renovations and possible relocation at the top of the district's to-do list. However, as State College improves to 4-2 on the year, Friday night's game will likely be remembered as one of the greatest played in the heart of downtown State College.



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