June 17, 2006

Pennsylvania wins Big 33 game 61-42

Ohio sent many of its best players to Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night to play in the Ohio North-South all-star game but they sent several nifty players to Hershey and managed to jump out to an early 10-0 lead. At the end of the evening Pennsylvania had too much talent and they won going away 61-42.

Pennsylvania tuned the ball over early on a couple of poorly thrown balls by quarterback Pat Devlin (Penn State) and fell behind 10-0. In fact the PA team turned it over three times early and failed on a fake punt attempt so in reality they turned it over four times in the first half. Ohio stunned many observers by taking a 20-14 lead to the locker room at half time.

Pennsylvania scored on their first six possessions in the second half 61-34 lead. The Keystone State's final score came on a nifty 67-yard interception return by Elijah Fields (Pitt). Earlier in the game Fields had another long interception return deep into Ohio territory but some of the return yardage was wiped out by a penalty. Fields had several nice break ups of passing attempts and a 15-yard run on an end around. Syracuse looks like they have found a running back in Devon Cater from Copley high school in the Akron area. He scored 49 touchdowns in the regular season and rushed for 193 yards tonight, which is a Big 33 record. He broke a rushing record set by former Panther running back Nick Goings.

Gateway High School's David Williams was named MVP of the PA team. Williams is headed to Michigan State. Williams made several nice catches and showed his speed after the catch. His touchdown reception from running back Da'rell Scott was a very nice catch in the endzone. Darrell Johnson was named MVP for the Ohio team.

Both teams were required to play man-to-man defense and the result was long runs by quarterbacks on both teams. Quarterbacks scrambled or ran on designed plays with the defensive players backs turned towards them.

Pitt bound Greg Webster had a fumble recovery and looked nifty drag down an Ohio running back along the sidelines after a long run.

Aaron Berry (Pitt) caught an 81-yard touchdown pass early in the game to make the score 10-7. Berry was a four-star Rivals prospect.

Quarterback Connor Dixon (Michigan State) showed his speed in a 55 yard run for a score.

Future Panthers Dorin Dickerson and John Malecki were injured early in the week and were sent back to Pittsburgh for MRI's.

The future of the Ohio-Pennsylvania match-up remains in doubt and should be resolved in the next few weeks.

Jim Snyder can be contacted at jrsnyder04@comcast.net

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