La Salle wins PIAA Class AAAA football title

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La Salle head coach Drew Gordon holds aloft the state championship trophy. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)

HERSHEY, Pa. — By the time the heavy snow had teetered to flurries in the beginning of the second half, there was little question who the best team in Class AAAA was.

La Salle came here to HersheyPark Stadium for the first time ever and delivered a performance they won’t soon forget. Becoming the first-ever city team to win a PIAA football title, La Salle crushed State College, 24-7, in the PIAA Class AAAA championship.

It was a 17-0 rout by halftime, thanks to some key plays by La Salle’s playmakers on offense and a stifling defense. With sloppy field conditions, the Explorers found a way to sustain drives, mostly due to the stellar running of Sam Feleccia.

Feleccia, normally a wide receiver, ran out of the Wildcat and took handoffs from the backfield. He pushed the score to 24-0 with a 55-yard scamper in the third quarter.

Feleccia replaced Jamal Abdur-Rahman for good in the second half after the starting tailback was injured. Before he was hurt, Abdur-Rahman rushed for a 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Sophomore back Tim Wade also ran for a 2-yard score.

By halftime, State College was limited to just 60 total offensive yards.

Check back on Rally and The Sunday Inquirer for a full recap and analysis of the game.

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