Pennsylvania tops Ohio 27-13 in Penn-Ohio game

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Penn-Ohio All Star Game

Last Friday at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, the 28th annual Penn-Ohio All Star Game was held.  Unfortunately for the Buckeye State, its two game winning streak in the series was snapped as Pennsylvania got the victory 27-13.  

Contributor Tony Maluso has the details from the game.


Last Friday at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, the 28th annual Penn-Ohio All Star Game was held.  Unfortunately for the Buckeye State, its two game winning streak in the series was snapped as Pennsylvania got the victory 27-13. 

The Ohio team, coached by Mike Kopachy of Berlin Center Western Reserve, was comprised of schools from the Quad County Coaches Association.  Players representing 18 different Ohio High Schools participated in the game against their cross-state rivals.  

Western Reserve tight end Chris Truitt was named Team Ohio’s MVP.  Truitt caught seven passes for 112 yards, several of those passes coming from Western Reserve teammate, Brandon Moherman.  The Ohio team was led by two future Baldwin-Wallace Yellow Jackets, Moherman and Chris Lovell from Poland High School.  Moherman was 8-for-17 passing for 129 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception.  Lovell was 8-for-19 for 93 yards and one interception. 

Ohio received the game’s opening kickoff and threatened to take and early lead as Lovell marched the team to a first and goal at the seven-yard line.  However a couple great defensive plays by Pennsylvania’s defensive back Anthony Lay, and a key sack, kept Ohio out of the end zone. 

The game remained scoreless into the second quarter when Ohio got on the board.  The former Western Reserve Blue Devils hooked up one more time as Moherman found Truitt for a 48 yard pass to help set up the game’s first touchdown.  Moherman hit Steubenville Big Red product and future Toledo Rocket, Maurice Bogard in the end zone from four yards out to give Ohio the 7-0 lead.  Pennsylvania would answer though as Carl Farrow hit Ryan Zarnich for a 10 yard touchdown to tie it up.  The game would remain 7-7 going into halftime. 

Starting the second half, the speed of Pennsylvania took over. 

Craig Bunney from Ambridge High School took the second half kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown to give Pennsylvania a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.  The Keystoners extended the lead when running back Michael Battles from Moon High School found daylight and ran 37 yards into the end zone to give Pennsylvania a 20-7 lead. 

Ohio did not quit and countered with speed of its own.  Bogard returned the ensuing kickoff near midfield and Ohio went on a 53-yard drive capped off by Columbiana’s Joe Winters who scored from 4 yards out with 15 seconds left in the third quarter. Ohio trailed 20-13.  That would be as close as Ohio would get as Pennsylvania added one more insurance touchdown to get the 27-13 win. 

Ohio was done in by the tough Pennsylvania defense, which limited Ohio to just 23 yards rushing on the night.  Shane Reed of East Liverpool lead Ohio with 29 yards on just three carries. 

Pennsylvania now has the all time series lead 20-8 and Ohio will look to get back on the winning side when the game comes back across state lines next year.

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