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State College football can’t stop Harrisburg’s Micah Parsons in loss

Harrisburg DE/RB Micah Parsons watches the Penn State football team warm up before the game against Georgia State on Sept. 16. Parsons rushed for more than 200 yards against State College on Friday.
Harrisburg DE/RB Micah Parsons watches the Penn State football team warm up before the game against Georgia State on Sept. 16. Parsons rushed for more than 200 yards against State College on Friday. Centre Daily Times, file

Micah Parsons is unanimously ranked as one of the 10 best high school football players in the country.

State College (6-2) found out why on Saturday during a 51-28 loss.

Parsons, a Penn State target, rushed 11 times for 224 yards and finished with five touchdowns — including one on a 70-yard kickoff return that put the game away.

“He’s a tremendous athlete,” Little Lions coach Matt Lintal said. “Obviously, once he’s out in space, he’s tough to bring down — not just the size piece, but his speed and athleticism are tremendous.”

State College moved the ball with relative ease Saturday, but the tide turned early in the third quarter after the visitor tied the game up at 21.

On the ensuing kickoff, Parsons returned it 70 yards for a score. And, after forcing — and then recovering — a fumble from State College at the end of a long run, Harrisburg scored again two minutes later.

That gave the Cougars (8-0) a two-TD lead, and it would only grow after that.

State College QB Tommy Friberg finished 12 of 20 passing for 245 yards but tossed three interceptions. Running back Tristen Lyons had 19 carries for 123 yards.

“I think we got better today,” Lintal added. “The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but our kids played really hard and we played team football.

“Our kids are going to gain a lot from this experience. We’re not going to see a more athletic group in a long time.”

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