Huskies state game (re)set
ALTOONA – Mifflin County’s football team is headed to DuBois for the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA tournament, according to information received from District 6 football chairman Ralph Cecere Sunday.
This is a change from the schedule information previously offered by the district. Control of the schedule is actually with the PIAA’s main office in Mechanicsburg since this is a state game.
The Huskies will face District 10’s McDowell (Erie) at 6 p.m. Saturday.
At the Districts 6-9 title game, it was reported that the state game would tentatively be played at DuBois on Friday. Mifflin County athletic director Matt Shoemaker said Sunday that Cecere wanted the game in DuBois, but that a scheduling conflict forced reconsideration. The game can not be played Friday nor Saturday afternoon at the District 9 site, which is hosting multiple events over the weekend.
Districts 6 and 9 share the state berth – DuBois is the only Class AAAA school in District 9, and qualifies through the District 6 tournament – and the combined districts are entitled to host the game by virtue of the fact that they occupy the line above Districts 8-10 on the state bracket.
The Erie Times reported a change in venue to Altoona, and the change notice from District 6 was posted a few hours later. It took only 12 hours for the PIAA to intervene, necessitating the second change.
This is the first state playoff game for Mifflin County High School in football, and just the third by any county school since the PIAA began sponsoring a football tournament in the 1980s.