Carlynton standout Williams represents area at Football Classic
By Nathan Smith
Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Representing Pennsylvania at the 2013 Penn-Ohio All-Star Football Classic was an honor for Ryan Williams.
But being able to represent Carlynton at the event made it even more special.
“Sometimes people don't even notice us at Carlynton,” Williams said. “It feels good to come out and represent the community.”
Pennsylvania won the game, 25-22, at Geneva College's Reeves Field as Pennsylvania extended its lead in the series to 24-10. Ohio defeated Pennsylvania, 19-7, in the 2012 game.
“They got the win last year and coach (Ryan Mayo) made us know about it,” Williams said. “He made us ready for the game. We wanted to get the win for him.”
Pennsylvania controlled the first half as it forced three Ohio turnovers. Blackhawk's Alex Caratelli scored the team's three offensive touchdowns in the first two quarters on receptions of 53, 18 and 10 yards. Moon's Colton McKay also returned an interception 60 yards for a score as Pennsylvania went into the half up 25-7.
Ohio rallied in the second half as Columbiana's Britton Steiginga returned a fumble 72 yards and on a 71-yard pass from Southern Local's Luke Griffith to South Range's Robby Semen to cut the Pennsylvania lead to a field goal.
The game was decided with less than two minutes remaining in the game when the local squad lined up on fourth-and-2 at its own 20-yard line and drew Ohio offsides.
“I thought we were going to beat them,” Williams said. “I didn't think it would be so close ,though. I thought we would blow them out of the water because I saw them before in practice. I thought we had the speed and toughness to get the win.”
While Williams did not record any catches, he did make several key blocks and returned a punt for 10 yards.
The all-star game signaled an end to Williams' high school career but it won't be the last time he steps on a football field. He plans on walking on to the Slipper Rock football team in the fall while studying for a degree in business marketing.
“My brother (Kris Williams) plays there,” Williams said. “I am going to play slot receiver.”
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-388-5813.
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