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Miller Photo by Chuck Meyers Altoona’s CJ Seward will try to take the lead against Harrisburg on Friday.

Midway through the season, State College and Harrisburg became the frontrunners for the Commonwealth Division in Midpen, Pennsylvania.

State came to Mansion Park two weeks ago and blew up the Mountain Lions.

Harrisburg took a different tactic on Friday night, topping the list with four touchdown passes in the first half and beating Altoona 48-0, showing off superior speed that weakened homecoming.

In the game, the Cougars outscored Altoona 522–87 and limited net yards to zero in the second half.

How the game went: Harrisburg’s Sean Lee Jr., who was already leading 18-0, threw a short pass down the left flank, allowing Kyle Williams to fend off a tackler and burn 85 yards for a touchdown.

Player of the Game: Lee went 9/14 for 289 yards and five touchdowns.

An unsung hero: Harrisburg’s offensive line gave Lee a comfortable pocket and punched enough holes for the Cougars to rush for 216 yards.

A solid runner: 240-pound bruiser Markay Hopkins led the Cougars with 147 yards on 11 carries, including 3 of 97 in the first half.

Statistically speaking, Altoona punts eight times and was partially blocked once…the Lions managed one down in the second half…Harrisburg made three plays of 50+ yards in the first half. rice field.

Altoona Director Vince Nedymeier: “They look really fast, but we made a lot of mistakes and they were behind us. It wasn’t a sound assignment tonight. No, I take responsibility for that. I have to do better as a staff.”

Here’s how this game compares to State College’s 55-14 win over the Lions. “The game against State College opened our eyes to the physicality of the league and what we’ve grown accustomed to. In.”

Harrisburg Director Calvin Everett: “Our kids played very well. They worked hard all week in practice.

Lee: “I had a good game today. It all started with the O-line, they gave me a lot of time in my pocket, and my wide receiver delivered and opened up. .”

Sophomore Lee’s Nedimyer: “He throws the ball really well. He’s doing a great job in the pocket and is a double-threat kid who’ll be hard-pressed to hold the reins for another two years.”

Dynamic WR: Williams and Amir Jones caught two touchdown passes after freshman Elias Coke scored on a 56-yard TD reception.

Missed opportunities: While the 48-0 loss wasn’t the turning point, Altoona missed opportunities early in the second quarter after forcing three Harrisburg punts in the first half. The Lions lost 12-0 to the Cougars 35, 4-1. “You have the edge, but unfortunately there was another penalty (false start) and things blew up from there.” Neddymeier said.

Records: Altoona (4-2 overall, 1-2 in midfield Pennsylvania), Harrisburg (4-1 overall, 3-0 in midfield Pennsylvania)

Next week: Altoona will visit Chambersburg on Friday. Harrisburg hosts Central Dauphin East on Saturday.

Resilience put to the test: Neddy Meyer was delighted with the Lions’ loss to State College when he went on the road the following week and defeated the Central Dauphin East. “This is a resilient group. They are responsible for everything and I am confident they will be back strong on Monday. You have to be ready.”

Notes: Harrisburg’s only loss was to Mannheim Township…Lee’s father, Sean, is a former Penn State defensive back who coaches the Cougars’ DB… Recorded a 25-yard return on kickoff… Colin Haidt was intercepted A first-half reap, the Cougars’ only turnover… Honorary captain was Altoona native and local businessman Phil DeVoris, former Mountain Lion track man. A standout player and a Cornell University alumnus…Abby Hernkane was named Altoona’s Homecoming Queen at halftime.

Score by Quarter

Harrisburg 12 14 16 6 — 48

Altoona 0 0 0 0 — 0

first quarter

H – Lee to Coke 56 pass (failed run), 11:05

H – Lee to Jones 39 pass (failed run), 1:00

Second quarter

H – Jones 26 pass from Lee (failed run), 7:35

H – Kyle Williams 85 pass from Lee (Brannon pass from Lee), 2:27

third quarter

H – 33 passes from Kyle Williams-Lea (Hopkins run), 5:17

H – Hopkins 2 runs (cork pass from Lee), 2:22

4th quarter

H – Lewis 3 runs (failed runs), 4:32

Team Stats HA

First Down 15 5

Total yards 522 87

Rush Yard 30-215 33-38

Passage yard 307 49

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 11-18-1 7-13-1

Punt Average 4-29.0 8-32.8

Fumble lost 1-0 2-1

Penalty Yards 9-62 6-40

personal statistics

Rush – Harrisburg, Hopkins 17-147, Lee 5-14, Kyle Williams 6-10, Z. Lewis 2-21, Newman 4-20, J. Lewis 3-8. Altoona, Yost 9-25, Jackson Shepherd 4-14, Freiwald 7-2, Reed 4-4, Ukovic 1-4, Betwi 2-3, Seward 3-2, Hardison 1-2, Hazelwood 1-2. , Emei-Barros 1-(-20).

Passes – Harrisburg, Lee 9-14-289, Z. Lewis 1-1-9, Newman 1-2-9. Altoona, Freiwald 7-12-49, Emeigh-Ballos 0-1.

Receives – Harrisburg, Kyle Williams 4-123, Jones 2-65, Cork 1-56, Granbury 2-45, Proctor 1-9, J. Lewis 1-9. Altoona, Yost 3-23, Hardison 1-15, Reed 2-8, Seward 1-3.

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