State College High roars past Central Mountain
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, September 8th, 2012
MILL HALL — The State College High School Little Lions roared into Mill Hall and Malinak Stadium Friday night and routed Central Mountain in the Wildcats home opener by the score of 36-7.
Following this year’s team mantra, “All In, All Out,” the out-manned Wildcats battled every play, every series, every moment, never taking a single down off on offense or defense, however, in the end the bigger, stronger Little Lions were just too much.
State College controlled the game with a modest, but effective passing game, and a running game which wore the clock and the Wildcats down.
The Little Lions used seven different running backs amassing 270 yards on the ground averaging over 9.5 yards per carry. Leading the rushing attack was Ryan Goeke with seven touches for 100 yards and Ebrahim Britton adding 53 yards on only four carries. Starting quarterback Pat Irwin was a modest four for six in the passing department, but those four receptions went for a whopping 124 yards and two touchdowns.
As in the season opener Von Walker, Cole Renninger, Tyler Pavalko, and Travis Turchetta were instrumental in what offense the Wildcats could muster including their only scoring drive which came midway through the fourth quarter.
With Walker running, Turchetta passing and Pavalko receiving, Central Mountain drove the ball 87 yards and finally scored on a 32 yard pass to Renninger from Turchetta.
The Wildcats did punch the ball across the goal line on two other occasions, but both times the scores were negated by penalties.
Next week Central Mountain (1-1) will be at home again taking on Mifflin County while State College will face Father Judge.
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