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LITTLE LIONS MAKE OWN HISTORY

Written by: on Saturday, December 5th, 2009

“I can’t begin to tell you just how proud I am of each and every one of you”. That is what State College coach Al Wolski told his team after a dominating performance over powerful Woodland Hills at Mansion Park in Altoona Friday night. The 14-3 win represented more to State College than just the trip to the western final, “we finally beat the WPIAL champion!” exclaimed Wolski.  “Beat” is an understatement. The Little Lion defense held versatile running back Dom Timbers to just 49 yards rushing on the night.  I’m proud of that D line tonight, they did an excellent job with containment” said Wolski.

State College showed from the start they meant business. Starting at their own 35 the Little Lions used “all-everything” star Alex Kenney and drove to the Wolverine 21 with Kenney carrying 4 times for 29 yards. The drive ended with a missed field goal attempt but it was a key drive. “That first drive showed us we were going to be able to move the ball against that excellent defense” said WR/DB Colby Way.

Woodland Hills took over at their own 20 and would immediately learn what they were in for all night as on 2nd and 9 Timbers took the ball just before Sean McWhirter burst through the line and dropped him for a 2 yard loss. The following play Brad Holzwarth and McWhirter put him 3 more yards in the red.

State Colleges third series would prove to be in essence the winning drive but not without paying dearly. On 3rd and 4 from the 50 Qb Matt Mazzara ran into the right side for a two yard gain but came up holding his left shoulder. He was taken to the Altoona hospital with what was believed to be a dislocated shoulder. It was a costly play for the Wolverines also as star lineman Khaynin Mosley-Smith never got off the ground, needing carried off the field with an ankle injury that would keep him out of the game. As for State College, they didn’t miss a beat with Dom Mills filling in for Mazzara. Following a 33 yard pass to Shane Dorner from Mills, the Little Lions hit paydirt from 9 yards out with Mills throwing the ball to Kenney in the endzone for 6 and with 8:15 remaining in the second quarter State had a 7-0 lead.

Woodland Hills qb John Yezovich fumbled the snap on the next play and Holzwarth recovered the ball at the Wolverines 38, but on 4th down from the 39 Laffayette Pitts took the punt from Aaron Sallade at the 11 and showed his speed racing 71 yards to the State 24. Unfortunately the Wolverine offense still had to get past a dominating defense to get to the endzone. It may as well have been 99 yards away as State held the offense on 4 plays.

Woodland Hills had one more chance to score before the half ended.  Following 2 consecutive sacks from Colby Way, on 4th and 18 from their 47 Pitts used his speed on a fake punt and scrambled to the State High 21. With only 23 seconds remaining the Wolverines attempted 2 endzone corner passes but both only ended with pass interference penalties. “I didn’t mind them, the DB did his job and prevented a td both times.” said Wolski of the penalties. On 2nd and 2 with 4 seconds remaining Yezovich scrambled right…big mistake…Alex Kenney sent him for a 4 yard loss to end the half.  “That was big for us” said Kenney. “It showed we were going to be able to stop them all night”.

When asked what the second half would bring, coach Wolski only smiled and said “24 minutes”.  Woodland Hills mounted their best drive of the night to start the half, moving the ball 42 yards in 6 minutes to the State High 18. On 4th down Woodland Hills got their only points of the night from Sam Scifo, a 35 yard Field Goal to make the score 7-3.
State College would respond in a big way. Big as in 235 pounds of Colby Way lining up in the backfield and crushing through the Wolverine D line.  Following a 24 yard run from Dom Mills, Way bruised his way through the line to the 14 on several carries. An 8 yard pass to Kenney gave the Lions the ball on the 3 where Way pounded the ball into the endzone for the touchdown. The pat made it 14-3.

Woodland Hills would try several more times in the 4th quarter to score but Kenney stop 2 drives with interceptions, one for 25 yards and the second to end the game in the endzone with 2 minutes remaining.

“Way, Mills, Kenney, those are our big guys and we expect our big guys to come through and they did” said Wolski. State College will face the winner of the Bishop McDevitt/Cumberland Valley matchup at Mansion Park next week. Ironically State College has faced both teams, defeating Cumberland Valley and losing a close one to McDevitt.

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