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October 19, 2018
Maximos Dell'Anno leads Cumberland Valley past CD East 48-17
By Andrew Mease/PennLive
It was the Maximos Dell'Anno show on Friday night at Landis Field as Cumberland Valley kept slim District 3 playoff hopes alive with a 48-17 win over Central Dauphin East. Dell'Anno recovered a fumble, picked off a pass, and scored four touchdowns. He finished with 183 yards rushing on 15 carries and three touchdowns while adding a pass catch for 22 yards and a touchdown. Jake Hart opened the scoring for the Eagles with a 2-yard touchdown plunge. That lead doubled after Dell'Anno's fumble recovery that he finished off, catching a 22-yard touchdown on a wheel route. CD East made it close before halftime, out-scoring the Eagles 10-7 in the second quarter, but were no match for the now-streaking Eagles. Cumberland Valley's Dell'Anno added a 51-yard scoring jaunt to open the second half and then 59 seconds later scored on a double-handoff from 33-yards out to make it 35-10. The ensuing Eagle drive, Dell'Anno took another double-handoff to the endzone... The second from 38-yards out.
The Stars: It's easy to look at Dell'Anno and make him the star of the game, and he truly was, piling up over 200-yards of all-purpose yards and forcing two turnovers to go with four touchdowns. Backfield mate Hart was every bit as masterful, carrying the ball 21 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. He picked up difficult yards and helped open the outside.
For CD East, Bryce Baker was quite effective in rushing for 113 yards on 16 carries, including a 65-yard touchdown rush late in the second quarter.
Game-deciding moments: Cumberland Valley scored to take a 28-10 lead before forcing a Central Dauphin East fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Two plays later that lead was 35-10 as Dell'Anno took it in from 33-yards out.
They said it: "They have to play hard on the sweeps when we're killing them with the sweeps; so they have to go that side and when we cut it back, our guys create a huge hole and I just gotta run straight." - Dell'Anno on the double-handoffs that broke the game open in the third. "We know we can compete with anyone. A few rough games to start, six games? Oh well, we forgot about that. We're onto the next. We're ready." - Dell'Anno
October 26, 2018
State College ends Cumberland Valley's slim playoff hopes with 16-13 win
By Aaron Carr/PennLive
Trying to keep its slim playoff hopes alive, Cumberland Valley took State College to the limit in a 16-13 defeat. Leading 13-6, State College’s Cam Renfrew hit a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter to help the Little Lions push their lead to ten. The Eagles countered with a Jake Hart touchdown to pull within three points with 4:47 to go, but they couldn’t complete the comeback. Renfrew’s kick proved to be the difference as State College survived Friday’s competitive road tilt and rides a three-game win streak into the postseason.
The Stars: Maximos Dell’Anno finished with 150 rushing yards and a touchdown for Cumberland Valley. He had over 100 rushing yards in the first half. State College’s Dresyn Green had 19 carries for 158 yards and a score. Nathan Lusk anchored the Little Lion defense with two sacks.
Game-deciding moments: State College drove 64 yards on just four plays to score a touchdown on their opening drive as Green plunged ahead on a 3-yard run. The extra point was no good. Cumberland Valley answered with a six-play, 73-yard scoring drive on the ensuing possession with Dell’Anno running in from 8 yards out. Dell’Anno’s score tied the game at 6 as the Eagles failed to convert the extra point. A short field gave State College great field position on its first drive of the second quarter, and the Little Lions took advantage. Tommy Friberg’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Bullock capped a seven-play, 48-yard scoring drive to push the Lions ahead 13-6.
They said it: Cumberland Valley coach Mike Whitehead, on taking State College to the brink: “We came in with the idea that we could beat them. The kids gave it their all and that’s what I’ve asked. When we were 0-6 we said we were going to win the second half and we ended up 3-2. I’m proud of the way they played tonight. Just a couple of plays here and there could’ve made the difference but I’m still proud of them and the way they finished the season strong.” State College coach Matt Lintal, on getting nine regular-season wins: “It was 1-0 each week. We’re happy to come out of here with a win. Coach Whitehead has a great football team and they play tough. Cumberland Valley is a tough place to come out with a win. Any time you win here you have a pretty good squad.”