It was a momentum rollercoaster on Saturday, November 26th at the PIAA state football quarter finals between the State College Little Lions and the USO EAGLES.
State College jumped ahead early with a 60 yard run that lead to a touchdown but later in the first quarter the Eagles scored and failed to make the extra point making the score 9-6 with 33 seconds left in the 1st quarter.
State College kept the lead as the half ended, after almost giving up a touchdown from a clever hook and lateral play from USO with seconds left.
By the 4th quarter the Eagles had reduced the lead to 22-12 and eventually scored to make it a one touchdown game, and in the process switched the momentum to their side. When the ball returned to USO,the “rollercoaster” flew off the track when Eagles quarterback Akil Young threw an interception. A couple players later,State College returned the favor with a fumble.
Akil Young and the Eagles drove down field in the 4th quarter and scored, taking the lead with less than a minute left. At this time USO fans thought was in the bag, but the offensive effort by State College proved to be too much for the defense after they drove down the field and made a field goal attempt from 25 yards out as regulation time expired, taking the game to overtime.
The Eagles scored and once again failed to make and extra point which eventually would cost them the game after the Little Lions matched the touchdown followed by the successful extra point to win the game 33-32.
State College will take on WPIAL Quad A Champ North Allegheny this Saturday in Altoona, while USO will look back on a great season and think about what it takes to go a bit further next year.