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State College’s Brandon Clark, Ian Barr named CDT Athletes of the Week

State College linebacker Ian Barr was an active part of his team’s defensive effort against Pine-Richland on Saturday. He also blocked a punt.
State College linebacker Ian Barr was an active part of his team’s defensive effort against Pine-Richland on Saturday. He also blocked a punt. adrey@centredaily.com

State College’s Brandon Clark and Ian Barr are the Centre Daily Times Athletes of the Week.

Clark dominated in Saturday’s 49-21 loss to Pine-Richland in the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals, finishing with seven catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver had five catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the first half — accounting for all five completions by quarterback Tommy Friberg in the first two quarters.

“With the stuff that Brandon does in practice on a day-to-day basis, there’s nothing that that young man does that will surprise me,” State College coach Matt Lintal said. “He is a playmaker and when we get a matchup that we like, we’re going to exploit it.”

Clark also contributed on special teams with a 66-yard punt to pin Pine-Richland at the 1-yard line in the first quarter.

Barr blocked a punt to set up his team’s first touchdown in the first quarter Saturday. The linebacker was also part of State College’s strong defensive effort in the first half against Pine-Richland’s high-scoring attack.

Barr combined on a tackle with defensive back Keaton Ellis that forced a fumble in the first quarter, and the senior linebacker forced a fumble on a kickoff return in the second quarter. He nearly forced another fumble in the first half, too.

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