LEWISTOWN It didn't take long for State College to show exactly what it can do on offense.
Little Lion running back Jake Vroman went 59 yards on the first play from scrimmage and the rest is history.
The Little Mingoes struggled offensively and couldn't contain State College in a 32-8 loss in the Midget Super Bowl for the Juniata Valley Football League Saturday night at Mitchell Field.
Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Little Mingoes’ Isaiah Collins (2) breaks through an opening between State College defenders Christian Stoltz (19) and Connor McDonough (35) during the JVFL Downtown OIP Midget Super Bowl Saturday at Mitchell Field.
The Little Mingoes, led by a pair of offensive threats in Noah Wright and Isaiah Collins, struggled from the start offensively.
And after they found themselves down 6-0 just 22 seconds into the game, things seemingly wouldn't get much better.
But credit the Little Mingoes, they were able to take a brief lead with a touchdown on their first possession.
The Mingoes started their first drive on their own 27. A few chunks of yardage were taken by Collins and the Mingoes were off and running. Collins sprung for a 21-yarder that set up the Little Mingoes' lone touchdown.
With 3:30 showing on the Mitchell Field clock, Wright, the Little Mingoe quarterback, connected with Collins from 35 yards out and the locals knotted the game at six.
On the conversion try, Wright rolled to his right on a bootleg and threw a perfect fade to Jacob Bubb for the extra two points. The Little Mingoes had a lead, and were excited about it.
But that lead was short lived.
Just three plays after Wright put the Little Mingoes on the board, Vroman once again was sprung by his offensive line. And 65 yards later, State College had the lead again. But this time for good.
Things continued to get worse for the Little Mingoes. Offensively, there wasn't much going on. And defensively, State College continued to roll into the second quarter.
On the first play in the second quarter, Wright dropped back to pass and attempted a screen. The ball was picked by State College's Thomas Friberg and returned 44 yards for a touchdown. The conversion failed and State College was ahead 20-8.
Later in the second quarter, the Little Lions took advantage of good field position on a bad punt from the Little Mingoes. And with 4:23 on the clock, Ian Barr scampered 31 yards for State College's final score of the first half.
Fortunately for the Little Mingoes, their defense would pick it up in the second half. State College scored only once in the final two quarters. That was a 60-yard pass from State College quarterback Ryan Franks to Barr late in the third quarter.
The Little Mingoes would recover a fumble early in the fourth quarter but it was too little, too late. The final score would be 32-8 and the Midget Super Bowl championship belonged to State College.
The earlier Midget bowl games finished as followed: Mount Union Little Trojans 32, McVeytown Knights 6; East Juniata Little Tigers 34, Lewistown Panthers 0; Belltown Bobcats 25, Kish Indians 6.