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State College Rolls Past Hollidaysburg 42-7

on September 06, 2019 10:20 PM

State College football got off to a fast start and had little trouble improving to 3-0 on the season with a 42-7 win over Hollidaysburg Friday night at the South Track field.

The Tigers didn't even have the luxury of taking in the sunset or the fresh turf on State College's interim field before Dre Green was running 73 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play.

It was pretty much over after that.

State College's Nate Lusk would grab an interception off at tipped pass by Kevin Kurzinger shortly thereafter and Green would score again. 14-0 in a blink of an eye, the sun still not set behind the trees.

Then it was Lokey Howell's turn, hauling down a wide open pass that made up for a touchdown negated just a few plays earlier. Even if the visitors knew what was coming, they couldn't do much to stop it. The running lanes were wide, a speedy corps of running backs and receivers too many to count and too many to cover.

21-0.

All of this in the first quarter, Hollidaysburg still -- by the nature of a football game's length and the sometimes unexpected twists in a high school football -- had a chance to right the ship. There was time, they had the ball, so in theory they also had a chance.

But it was Howell again, this time on defense, running nearly untouched into the end zone, a pick-six following a leaping interception. As he crossed the line he outstretched his arms in celebration.

It was 28-0 after the first quarter and the sun still hadn't set, but it may as well have.

The Little Lions would score twice more in the half, sending both teams to the locker room with State College ahead 42-0. A Hollidaysburg touchdown after a long drive early in the second half cut the deficit to 35. With the the clock rolling under the PIAA mercy rule, it simply wasn't enough to threaten the Little Lions, and both teams emptied the benches to allow reserves to play.

State College will travel to Carlisle next before facing Chambersburg and Central Dauphin East both on the road. All three games look to stand a stiffer test than Friday night's affair. A meeting against Harrisburg is the next on the South Track field in State College in early October.

But for now the Little Lions will enjoy having done what Penn State did last weekend and what the Nittany Lions hope to do again on Saturday night: winning big.

Around the County

Penns Valley 42, Bald Eagle 7

After a surprisingly dominating performance from start to finish against the Eagles, Penns Valley (2-1) hosts Central next week. BEA (2-1) visits Bishop Carroll.

Bellefonte 55, Philipsburg-Osceola 7

Bellefonte (2-1) made it a trifecta for runaway games in Centre County on Friday night and will host Central Mountain next week. P-O (1-2) visits Tyrone.

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