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D’Antae Sheffey,State College Win Big Over Central Dauphin

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| September 23, 2023

After a rough first possession, State College’s offense, defense, and special teams combined for a strong team effort to get a 31-13 win over Central Dauphin. 

Central Dauphin’s opening drive was very successful and on the first play from scrimmage, senior running back Miles Copper took a handoff 60 yards to the State College 15. He would finish the job a few plays later with a 2 yard touchdown.

The Little Lions would respond with a clinical drive down the field to tie the game with a D’Antae Sheffey 1 yard touchdown.

Just after the second quarter began, Michael Gaul would find the endzone to score a touchdown off a five yard pass from Eddie Corkery to give State College the 14-7 lead.

Following that score for the Little Lions, John Zipf would boot in a 27 yard field goal to make it 17-7.

Central Dauphin’s next possession would be stopped after defensive back Cooper Brushwood picked off a deep pass and gave the offense really dangerous starting field position. They would take advantage of the field position when D’Antae Sheffey found the endzone for the second time this game to increase State College’s lead to 17 late in the second quarter.  

To start the second half State College attempted to return the kickoff but fumbled, giving Central Dauphin the ball in the Little Lions half. The State College defense would hold strong before eventually pressuring the quarterback; who would in a last ditch effort throw the ball which was intercepted and returned for an 85 touchdown by junior safety Robert Strayer.

The Rams offense would return with a strong drive eventually ending in a second Miles Copper touchdown run, this one for 10 yards.

The final bit of action would come from D’Antae Sheffey, this time on defense, as he made an interception near the endzone and a big return to go with it.

After the game I got a chance to catch up with State College’s Head Coach Matt Lintal, who gave me his thoughts on the game and Sheffeys performance; “Very excited for our kids, to come down execute a great game plan that our defensive staff put together, our offensive staff put together, special teams staff put together, we were able to make some big plays in every phase of the game. You know getting a pick six, another big pick for a long return really were game changers so couldn’t be more proud of our kids and their effort.” Now talking about D’Antae “Tae does so much, you know even when he doesn’t have the ball everyone is accounting for him in one way or another so you know we were able to get him out in space with a couple different passes tonight as-well. He played lights out on defense you know had a big play on the return, you know he’s just  he’s a game changer in every phase so another great night for him.” Always the one giving shout outs, never the one taking credit Matt Lintal.

State College looked strong tonight besides a few hiccups, and played some really nice football, a great time to really be hitting their stride as we reach the middle of the season.

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