Jonov earns MVP honors in last game at Franklin Regional
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Franklin Regional senior Colin Jonov spent a few moments after Sunday's Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association's East-West Game talking with some of his coaches about the experience of playing one final game on his home field.
He made sure to make his last game at Franklin Regional count, earning West team MVP honors in Sunday afternoon's game, which the East team won, 35-25, at Franklin Regional Stadium.
“A win would've been a little bit better, but it's awesome,” Jonov said. “It's my last couple of minutes on this field, and it's great to win MVP here. It's an honor.”
Jonov made his presence felt in the first half of the annual All-Star game, intercepting a pass in the end zone in the second quarter and delivering a big hit on an East punt returner. The Bucknell recruit intercepted six passes during the 2013 season.
“In the beginning, I was trying to get a feel for their receivers, find out who was quicker or faster,” Jonov said. “Depending on the receiver, I'd either press or play loose. They were great receivers, the best receivers that I've faced.”
While Jonov was named MVP, he wasn't the only Franklin Regional player to make an impact on his home field. Quarterback Charan Singh shook off two first-half interceptions to lead a furious West comeback attempt in the fourth quarter.
After setting up Jimmy Wheeler's touchdown run with a 33-yard run on a fake punt, Singh, a Massachusetts recruit, led the West team to another score on its ensuing drive. His touchdown pass to Gateway's Delvon Randall cut the West's deficit to 28-18, but East scored again on its next drive to effectively put the game away.
“If Charan played the first half the way he did the second half, he may have been in contention (for MVP), too,” said Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta, a member of the PFSCA board. “His name was thrown around.
“I was impressed with Colin. He was very physical, very competitive. That's the type of player he is, and he showcased his skills.”
Botta said he considered the East-West Game an overall success, aside from a third-quarter brawl that led to three ejections on both the East and West teams.
“I think it went almost perfectly, except for that little scuffle,” Botta said. “I think everything went absolutely beautifully. We had a nice turnout, nice day, pretty good game. I thought we showcased the East-West kids well and Franklin Regional well.”
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5830, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.
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