State High debuts at South Track field
Action heated up this week for Centre County’s high school football teams. Bellefonte came back big from its season-opening loss with a 47-3 thumping of Huntingdon, while State College and Bald Eagle Area also recorded wins.
Penns Valley lost by a seconds-left touchdown in a back-and-forth barn burner to Cleafield, and Philipsburg-Osceola was the casualty of BEA’s win.
Here’s what has happened:
State College 20, St. Augustine 17 (final)
QB Brady Dorner made history Friday night when he became the first football player to score on State High’s South Track field —the Little Lions’ temporary home while Memorial Field undergoes renovations. The score came off a rollout for a 3-yard touchdown run with 3:14 to go in the first quarter.
State College got the ball back when DE Kevin Kurzinger recovered a fumble on St. Augustine’s 42 yard line. A 31-yard run by Lokey Howell brought State High to the 11, but a pass attempt by Dorner was intercepted in the end zone as the two teams traded turnovers.
St. Augustine’s 6-foot-5, 324-pound Texas A&M commit Isaiah Raikes bulldozed into the end zone from the 1 yard line for a touchdown in the second quarter to tie things up with the PAT. A 67-yard touchdown run by Dresyn Green with 93 seconds left in the half gave the Little Lions the lead.
St. Augustine scored 10 unanswered points in the third before State High recovered a fumble inside the 10 yard line for a chance to take the lead. On fourth down, RB Isaiah Edwards lined up at QB in the wildcat formation and ran in for the touchdown.
By getting creative, the Little Lions held on for the win and improved to 2-0 on the season.
Bellefonte 47, Huntingdon 3 (final)
The Red Raiders got into the win column this week with a 47-3 pounding of Huntingdon at Bellefonte.
Bellefonte was hot from the start, scoring on each of its first three possessions. Senior RB CJ Funk scored the first two on a 36- then an 84-yard touchdown run. QB Ethan Rossman then connected with WR Trae Bauman for the third.
After having given up the initial 3 points, Bellefonte never looked back. Rossman and Bauman connected again in the second quarter, and Funk added a 43-yard touchdown run.
Nick Capparelle topped it all off with two catches for touchdowns in the fourth.
Both teams are now 1-1.
Philipsburg-Osceola 7, Bald Eagle Area 32 (final)
Bald Eagle Area had too much firepower for Philipsburg-Osceola Friday night, rolling over the Mounties, 32-27, at Philipsburg.
The Eagles got a pair of touchdowns from freshman tailback Gavin Eckley and two touchdowns from Jaden Jones to Gage McClenahan as they amassed 322 yards in total offense. BEA scored four times in the first half as Eckley scored from 22 yards out and caught a 36-yard scoring pass from Jones, who completed 8 of 17 passes for 105 yards and three scores.
The Eagles scored their final touchdown with 5:58 left in the third quarter when Jones and McClenahan connected from the P-O 10.The Mounties got their lone score when Ryan Whitehead found his brother, Jeremy, in the end zone from the 7 with 10:39 left in the game.
BEA is 2-0 while P-O fell to 1-1.
Penns Valley 49, Clearfield 56 (final)
After falling behind early — 14-3 in the first — Penns Valley closed the gap then refused to let Clearfield pull away in a back-and-forth game that went down to the final seconds.
Penns Valley finally caught up to Clearfield in the third quarter, tying things up 28-28 with an Austin Fisher touchdown and a two-point conversion.
Yet another TD from Clearfield QB Oliver Billotte made it 35-28 with 3:13 to go in the third. But Penns Valley answered with a touchdown of its own.
The two teams continued to trade touchdowns until it was all tied up at 49-49 with 22.8 seconds to play. Clearfield ran one in the end zone from the goal line for the win.
Penns Valley fell to 1-1 on the season.
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Scores from around the state:
Abraham Lincoln 34, South Philadelphia 0
Academy of the New Church 38, Morrisville 6
Aliquippa 60, Waynesburg Central 9
Archbishop Spalding, Md. 49, Philadelphia Bishop McDevitt 0
Avella 12, Bishop Canevin 0
Bedford 41, Forest Hills 8
Bellwood-Antis 48, Glendale 0
Bensalem 30, Mastbaum 20
Bermudian Springs 19, Boiling Springs 0
Berwick 46, Pittston Area 0
Big Spring 33, James Buchanan 8
Bishop Carroll 31, Fairfield 0
Bishop McCort 20, Somerset 7
Blairsville 36, United 6
Carlynton 42, Fort Cherry 8
Cedar Crest 42, Hershey 13
Central Bucks West 30, Council Rock South 0
Central Columbia 24, Shikellamy 3
Chestnut Ridge 42, Greater Johnstown 6
Clarion 42, Moniteau 8
Conwell Egan 23, Philadelphia Roman Catholic 21
Cumberland Valley 13, Central York 12
Dallas 42, Crestwood 0
Delaware Valley 61, West Scranton 7
Donegal 56, Pequea Valley 7
Downingtown East 28, Perkiomen Valley 13
Exeter 37, Boyertown 0
Germantown Academy 35, Gratz 18
Harbor Creek 50, Seneca 7
Jenkintown 47, Shenandoah Valley 8
Jersey Shore 36, Selinsgrove 0
Jim Thorpe 42, Marian Catholic 0
Juniata 21, Tri-Valley 7
Keystone Oaks 31, Highlands 0
La Salle 42, North Penn 6
Lackawanna Trail 34, Susquehanna 0
Lampeter-Strasburg 35, Penn Manor 0
Line Mountain 28, Susquenita 14
Manheim Township 56, Dallastown Area 7
Maplewood 47, Cochranton 0
McKeesport 52, Connellsville 0
Mechanicsburg 42, Palmyra 0
Meyersdale 42, Blacklick Valley 7
Mifflinburg 39, Bloomsburg 13
Montoursville 66, Hughesville 0
Northwestern 28, Mercer 0
Notre Dame-Green Pond 56, Bangor 7
Old Forge 48, Hanover Area 6
Owen J Roberts 42, Daniel Boone 0
Philadelphia Northeast 36, Haverford School 0
Plymouth-Whitemarsh 35, Methacton 7
Pottsville Nativity 24, Minersville 23
Prep Charter 28, Lower Moreland 20
Reynolds 25, Slippery Rock 21
Richland 48, Cambria Heights 0
Roxborough 52, Dobbins/Randolph 0
Saucon Valley 24, Pen Argyl 7
Sharpsville 21, Iroquois 0
Souderton 24, Quakertown 10
South Williamsport 50, Wyalusing 16
Southmoreland 56, Frazier 12
Springfield Montco 54, Edison 0
Springside Chestnut Hill 36, Father Judge 24
State College 20, St. Augustine, N.J. 17
Tamaqua 50, Mahanoy Area 0
Tussey Mountain 44, Everett 0
Upper Dauphin 62, Halifax 6
Upper Perkiomen 57, Kutztown 6
Warrior Run 36, Milton 0
Warwick 56, Garden Spot 13
Western Wayne 27, North Pocono 3
York 61, Lancaster McCaskey 0
York Suburban 42, Delone 14