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Little Lions overcome McDowell, snow

ERIE – State College dominated on the ground with 363 rushing yards and five touchdowns as the Little Lions defeated McDowell, 42-21, in a PIAA Class 6A football subregional on Friday night at snowy Veterans Stadium.

The State College defense also played a big role despite allowing 382 yards of offense. The Little Lions forced several timely turnovers to change the momentum of the game. Kevin Kurzinger and Sammy Knipe each had one fumble recovery, and Dresyn Green had one interception. Both fumbles were forced by Isaiah Edwards.

Play of the game: Knipe returned a fumble 86 yards to the 10-yard line with 5 minutes, 36 seconds left in the second quarter. State College scored on the next play and recovered an onside kick to change the momentum of a possible 7-7 game to a 14-0 Little Lions lead.

Player of the game: Running back Green ran the ball 14 times for 145 yards and three touchdowns and had a key interception on defense.

Unsung heroes: State College standout Isaiah Edwards forced the fumble as McDowell was going into the end zone, which turned into an 86-yard return. State College quarterback Brady Dorner completed 5-of-11 passes for 82 yards and one touchdown and ran for 49 tough yards on eight carries, including several third-down conversions.

Most vital statistic: State College forced three turnovers on defense, including two fumbles and one interception. All three stopped developing scoring drives for the Trojans.

State College coach Matt Lintal: “I’m proud of our kids’ effort. We had two touchdowns called back by penalty, but they hung in there and kept fighting. I’m proud of all of our guys, especially the guys up front.”

McDowell coach Brad Orlando: “We drove the ball early but turned it over a couple of times. You can’t do that againts a really good football team. That’s the best team we’ve played this season, and they are very well-coached. This is a game of momentum and they gained momentum off those turnovers.”

Green: “Honestly, this is always a team effort, and I knew if I trusted my teammates, I could do my job and read my keys. The snow was crazy because I didn’t think it would snow like this, but it’s beautiful weather. It’s football weather.”

Notable: State College had two big-time rushing efforts. In addition to Green running for 145 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, Nehemiah Howell came off the bench to run for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, with most of his carries coming on a snow-drenched field.

Records: State College (10-1); McDowell (9-2)

Next week: State College plays Delaware Valley in the PIAA Class 6A first round.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

McDowell 0 0 7 14–21

State College 7 14 21 0–42

First Quarter

SC–Edwards 21 yard pass from Dorner (Spitler kick)

Second Quarter

SC–Green 10 yard run (Spitler kick)

SC–Green 6 yard run (Spitler kick)

Third Quarter

MCD–Wall 36 yard pass from Juchno (McLaughlin kick)

SC–Green 58 yard run (Spitler kick)

SC–Howell 9 yard run (Spitler kick)

MCD–Soboleski 24 yard pass from Juchno (McLaughlin kick)

SC–Howell 57 yard run (Spitler kick)

Fourth Quarter

MCD–Rash 2 yard run (McLaughlin kick)

TEAM STATISTICS MCD SC

First Downs 22 20

Rushes-Yards 33-132 37-363

Comp-Att-Int 24-39-1 5-11-0

Passing Yards 250 82

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 4-1

Penalty Yards 7-70 14-102

Total Yards 382 445

Punts-Avg. 3-42 2-48

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–State College, Green 14-145, Howell 12-127, Dorner 8-49, Edwards 2-37, Howell 1-5. McDowell, Lopez 14-50, Wall 8-42, Rash 8-36, Ramahi 1-2, Blue 1-1, Juchno 1-1.

PASSING–State College, Dorner 5-11-82-0. McDowell, Juchno 24-39-250-1.

RECEIVING–State College, Howell 3-57, Edwards 1-21, Green 1-4. McDowell, Beneski 7-72, Wall 3-49, Lopez 2-45, Soboleski 5-41, Edmiston 3-27, Berarducci 4-16.

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