LITTLE LIONS SHUT OUT CENTRAL MOUNTAIN
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, November 15th, 2008
When State College head coach Al Wolski said “it’s nice to play a local team” before tonights game Central Mountain head coach Steve Turchetta agreed with him. “It’s a shame we don’t play them (State College) on a regular basis being we’re so close to each other”. He may have changed his mind tonight. State College dominated the Wildcats on the field, not allowing Central Mountain into their territory until midway through the 4th quarter.
State College showed why they’re undefeated from the opening kickoff driving 55 yards for their first score, a 5 yard run by Rob Stupar, after Central Mountain tried a short kickoff to avoid letting speedster Alex Kenney get the ball. Kenney would become a non-factor in the game when with less than one minute to go in the first quarter he took a helmet to the knee and would not return to the game.
The Wildcats got close to the 50 on their first drive, but it stalled and they were forced to punt. Using an aggressive defense Central Mountain held the Little Lions early and trailed only 7-0 to start the second quarter. This would all go for naught as on their first possession in the second quarter Wildcat qb Codey Dolan dropped back to pass on first down and was heavily pressured by State College LB Lucas Yocum and threw an errant pass directly into the hands of Rob Stupar at the Wildcat 20. State College would get get a 32 yard field goal making the score 10-0 with 8 minutes to go in the first half.
Central managed only 20 yards on their next possession and a short punt gave the Little Lions a short field to navigate, from their own 48. With 57 seconds left in the half James Avedesian, who went 11 of 15 for 65 yards, hit Brian Miller for a 10 yard TD. The pat was good and State College led at the half 17-0.
State College again had good field position on their first possession of the second half after forcing the Wildcats to punt, getting the ball on the 49. A nice mix of running and passing got them to the 12 yard line, but Avedesian was sacked by Corey Bartholomew and the Little Lions again settled for 3 points making it a 20-0 game.
State would again hold the Wildcats and drive to the Central Mountain 3 but a sack of Avedesian by Colton Rager would push the Little lions back and once again were held to a field goal. The score was 23-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the 4th.
Central Mountain would then mount their best drive of the night, led by Dolan and Scott Zuback, who was starting at rb in for Matt Overdorf who was injured against Harrisburg and Zack Boone who caught a pass for 30 yards during the drive to the State College 15. But on 2nd and 15 Dan Avedesian intercepted a pass by Dolan intended for Boone in the endzone to stop the drive. State College would only get two plays and following a fumble recovered by Bartholomew Central Mountain would lose the ball again as it bounced into the endzone from 8 yards out and was recovered by Yocum of State College. The Little Lions then ran out the clock on Central Mountains season.
Following the game Al Wolski had nothing but praise for the Central Mountain defense. “They played us real tough and we knew they would after seeing the films”.
State College will play the winner of Saturdays contest between Erie McDowwel and Dubois at a field to be determined for the first round of state playoffs.
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