State College (4-4)
at Mifflin County (4-4)
Time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: SC— Al Wolski. MC— George Miskinis
Last meeting: State College 20, Mifflin County 13, last season
Key players to watch: SC— Patrick Irwin, QB. MC— Heath Hidlay, RB/LB
The skinny: This contest has big implications for the coming District 6/9 playoffs.
Heading into Friday’s games, DuBois (5-3) leads with 560 points. State College (500) is second, a slim 10 points ahead of Mifflin County.
A home playoff game could go to tonight’s winner.
The Little Lions got their first home win of the season with a 34-0 rout of Carlisle last week. Quarterback Patrick Irwin had a huge night, mostly with his legs. He rushed for 145 yards and three scores in the romp. Irwin needs 21 yards to crack the 1,000-yard mark passing. He has a team-leading 713 yards and nine touchdowns rushing.
The Little Lions bottled up winless Carlisle last week, holding the Thundering Herd to 199 yards and just eight first downs, while creating three turnovers.
Mifflin County blazed out of the gate with a 4-0 mark, including a 21-17 win over DuBois. The Huskies have found the sledding tougher in the Mid Penn, having lost their last four including a 34-14 decision last week to Central Dauphin East. Like State College earlier this season, the Huskies had trouble with Panthers running back Chase Edmonds, who rushed for 172 yards and a score.
Mifflin County didn’t get its best player going against the Panthers as Heath Hidlay was held to 42 yards on 14 carries. For the season, Hidlay has rushed for 804 yards on 136 carries and 10 touchdowns.
Huskie quarterback Brice Christine had a rough outing against CD East going 0 for 8 with two interceptions. Turnovers had been a problem for Mifflin County, which has 20 including 14 fumbles.
Hidlay, a safety, also is one of the Huskies’ best defenders and is tied for the team lead with cornerback Gage Reesman with 54 tackles.