Game gets away from Tigers
STATE COLLEGE — It was a cold Friday night at State College’s Memorial Field, but that didn’t stop the State College offense from producing big play after big play against Hollidaysburg.
Nehemiah Howell scored three rushing touchdowns and caught a TD pass from quarterback Conrad Moore. The Little Lion QB led his team in rushing with 155 yards on 15 carries and threw for two touchdowns in a 45-21 win over the Golden Tigers.
It was the final game of the season for both teams. The Golden Tigers, who finished 4-4, lingered on the field exchanging hugs and goodbyes.
“I told them I was very proud of them,” Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre said. “They left everything on the field. We were very competitive. I thought we had great leadership. We didn’t even know if we were going to play a football game this season. They continued to work hard at practice every day.”
Play of the game: Howell’s weaving 68-yard touchdown in the second quarter gave the Little Lions a 14-0 lead.
Players of the game: Moore ran for 155 yards on 15 carries and threw two touchdown passes, while Howell ran for 98 yards on six carries and had a 28-yard TD reception among his four scores.
“The quarterback is a good runner,” DeLattre said. “And when you mix those running backs in with him running the football, it’s very difficult. I know they didn’t have that a lot this year, but you can see how dynamic they are with all of their players involved.”
Unsung hero(es): The State College defense intercepted Hollidaysburg quarterback Bryce Martellacci three times.
Most vital statistic: The Little Lions amassed 513 yards in total offense.
DeLattre on his team’s overall play: “We played well. They made more plays than us obviously. We had some things bottled up, and they were able to squirt out for some big plays. I was very proud of our guys’ effort. The turnovers hurt, but we were playing hard.”
State College coach Matt Lintal: “Offensively, we did a tremendous job. Guys just pushed the ball down the field and made some big plays when we needed to. Homer does a tremendous job. They had two different fronts they were using against us, so our kids had a lot to think about. The kids had fun. This wasn’t just an exhibition game. I couldn’t be more proud of our seniors and our kids.”
Notable: Martellacci ran for 87 yards on 17 carries, scored a touchdown on a 6-yard run and threw a 59-yard TD pass to a wide open Tyler Faber. … The Golden Tigers’ Gage Shawley scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. … Hollidaysburg’s Xander Bainey intercepted a pass. … The Little Lions were penalized eight times for 85 yards.
Next week: Both teams are done for the season.
Records: Hollidaysburg (4-4); State College (4-3).
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Hollidaysburg 0 7 14 0 –21
State College 7 10 14 14 –45
SC–Howell 28 pass from Moore (Spitler kick), 4:18
SC–Howell 68 run (Spitler kick), 10:29
H–Martellacci 6 run (Sosnowski kick), 7:29
SC–Spitler 38 field goal, 4:49
H–Shawley 1 run (Sosnowski kick), 6:47
T–Howell 9 run (Spitler kick), 4:12
H–Faber 59 pass from Martellaci (Sosnowski kick), 3:14
SC–D. Green 1 run (Spitler kick), :40
SC–J. Green 26 pass from Moore (Spitler kick), 11:05
SC–Howell 16 run (Spitler kick), 6:57
TEAM STATISTICS H SC
First downs 11 19
Total yards 244 513
Rushes-yards 33-143 47-415
Yards passing 101 98
Passing (comp.-att.-int) 5-17-3 7-15-1
Punts-avg. 2-30 1-32
Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 3-27 8-85
RUSHING–Hollidaysburg, Martellacci 17-87, Bainey 9-35, Shawley 5-20, McGinnis 1-2, Ransom 1-(-1). State College, Moore 15-155, D. Green 19-137, Howell 6-98, Furmanek 2-20, Yoder 2-7, Nastasi 1-0, TEAM 2-(-2).
PASSING–Hollidaysburg, Martellacci 3-11-3-87, McGinnis 2-5-0-14, Grassi 0-1-0-0. State College, Moore 7-15-1-98.
RECEIVING–Hollidaysburg, Faber 1-59, Grassi 3-31, Martellacci 1-11. State College, J. Green 3-44, Howell 1-28, Knipe 1-11, D. Green 1-8, Price 1-7.