There was no question which state was coming out on top in the 109th State Line Game. It was all Pennsylvania from the beginning.
Easton jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, adding touchdowns in the third and fourth periods to a second quarter field goal to pace a 26-0 whitewash against Phillipsburg, the archrival from the New Jersey side of the border in the annual rivalry game played at Lehigh University.
As reported by Lehigh Valley Live, the game turned on turnovers and special teams, with Easton defensive back Greg Albertson intercepting one Phillipsburg pass and returning a punt 73 yards for a touchdown. His teammate Nate Moser also had two interceptions in the win, which was capped by an emotional postgame address by Red Rovers coach Steve Shiffert about the Easton way.
The victory padded Easton’s lead in the bi-state series to 62-42-5, with an impressive coda to a 9-4 Easton season following the team’s elimination from the Class AAAA subregional playoffs. Phillipsburg finished at 9-2 but remains alive in the New Jersey state playoffs; the Stateliners will play Middletown South on December 5 for the NJSIAA North 2 Group 4 title at Met Life Stadium.