The State College Area football team will have a short trip for PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals.
What is waiting at the end of the journey is the the No. 2 team in the state.
The Little Lions (6-6) will face unbeaten Pine-Richland (13-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Altoona’s Mansion Park.
State College advanced to the quarterfinals with a dominating defensive effort in a 27-6 romp over Eric McDowell on Saturday. The Little Lions held the Trojans to five first downs and 152 total yards.
Jordan Misher had 33 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns to lead the State College offense. Noah Schwab booted two field goals and three extra points.
Pine-Richland knocked off Pittsburgh Central Catholic, the state’s third-ranked team, 21-13 in the WPIAL championship game.
Quarterback Ben DiNucci threw for a touchdown, rushed for a score and caught a touchdown pass.
DiNucci leads the most potent offense the Little Lions have faced this season. DiNucci has completed 72 percent of his passes for 3,470 yards and 35 touchdowns with just four interceptions.
Connor Slomka has rushed for 1,285 yards and 32 touchdowns. Mike Merhaut (81 catches, 1,289 yards, 13 TDs) and D’Ondre Gastion (49 catches, 1,048 yards, 12 TDs) are the Rams’ leading receivers.