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Gateway's Jeter helps Pennsylvania down Maryland in Big 33

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania's Todd Jeter tackles Maryland's Reggie Ellis during the Big 33 Football Classic Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Hersheypark Stadium.

Todd Jeter soon will arrive on campus at Temple University to begin the next step in his football and academic journey.

But before he dons the Owls' cherry red and white colors, he put on the blue and gold of Team Pennsylvania for Saturday's Big 33 game against Maryland at Hersheypark Stadium.

Jeter was a part of a big PA point explosion, as the Keystone State downed its counterparts from below the Mason-Dixon Line, 58-27.

“I really enjoyed the experience,” Jeter said.

“It felt like my first college game. It was fun to play with the top players in the WPIAL and the state.”

Jeter and eight other players from the WPIAL took part in the state's top high school all-star football game.

A defensive back who also played special teams, Jeter defended several Maryland passes and made five tackles.

Tyler Boyd, a Pitt recruit who rushed for more than 5,000 yards and 117 touchdowns and led Clairton to four WPIAL and four PIAA championships, was the clear-cut choice for MVP after he scored five touchdowns.

He returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, added a touchdown run and two TD receptions from North Allegheny quarterback Mack Leftwich and, for good measure, threw a 68-yard scoring bomb.

“We knew we had the talent, with players like Tyler Boyd, to score a lot of points,” Jeter said.

“We knew Maryland would be a challenge for us. They had a great team with great players.”

Titus Howard, Clairton's other Big 33 representative and a Pitt recruit, scored for the PA defense as he intercepted a Maryland pass and returned it 40 yards as part of a 21-point first quarter.

Pennsylvania led 28-0 in the second quarter and 37-20 at halftime.

Jeter got a chance to take the field with future Temple teammate Tyler Karpinski, a wide receiver from Manheim Township, a Quad-A team from District 3.

Karpinski and Jeter most likely will see a lot of each other across the line of scrimmage during many Temple practices.

PA team member Chris Britton, a linebacker from Harrisburg High School, also will attend Temple.

Pennsylvania's 58 points was the most scored in a Big 33 game since PA tallied 61 in a 61-42 victory over Ohio in 2006.

That game was significant for Gateway followers, as Gators grad David Williams earned MVP honors with a pair of touchdown receptions.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412- 388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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