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State College’s Matt Lintal named Mid Penn Conference’s Coach of the Year

State College head coach Matt Lintal was named the Mid Penn Conference’s Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
State College head coach Matt Lintal was named the Mid Penn Conference’s Coach of the Year on Tuesday. Centre Daily Times, file

The State College football team has had an unforgettable season so far.

The Little Lions finished the regular season 9-1 and earned their second straight Mid Penn Conference Commonwealth Division crown.

On Tuesday, the Mid Penn released their fall sports awards and State College received plenty of recognition.

Head coach Matt Lintal was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.

“It is a huge credit to our tremendous football coaches, strength coaches, training staff, managers and our players that we are honored with this award,” Lintal said in a release by the school. “I am so proud to work with these individuals everyday in supporting our student-athletes.”

Senior linebacker Pete Haffner was named the Co-Defensive Most Vaulable Player for the second straight season. He shared the award with Harrisburg’s Damion Barber.

Haffner was joined by Kam’Ron Walker (DL) as first-teamers on defense. Noah Woods (WR), Will Swope (OL) and Brandon Clark (P) were all received first-team nods for offense.

Second-team All-Stars included Peyton Edwards (DE), Paul Olivett (DB), Erik Swanson (TE), Robert Nachtman (OL), Drew Linnes (OL), Zach Womer (C) and Tyler Snyder (QB).

The Little Lions face off with Williamsport in the first round of the PIAA Class 6A Championships at 7 p.m. on Friday at Selinsgrove High School.

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