Berwick QB carries East past West in PSFCA All-Star game
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It took three quarters for most of the offensive fireworks to get started in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East-West Game on Sunday afternoon. But when they happened, they happened quickly.
C.J. Curry of Berwick threw four touchdowns, and the East held off a furious West rally in the final quarter to win the annual All-Star contest, 35-25, Sunday at Franklin Regional.
“I couldn't have asked for a better team,” said Curry, named the East's MVP. “Yes, I got the MVP, but the whole team deserved it.”
Curry threw two first-half touchdown passes to Delane Hart, with the first, a 46-yarder, coming on the East's second play from scrimmage, and added fourth-quarter scoring tosses to Shane Schuback and Malik Lewis.
The East's defense held the West scoreless in the first half and forced six turnovers.
“It was just a break here, a break there,” West coach Pat Monroe said. “It's what an all-star game's all about. Sometimes it happens for you, and sometimes it's just a hair away.”
The game was marked by physical play, including an on-field brawl in the third quarter that led to three ejections from both teams.
“I thought Pat and his staff, my staff, the game directors and the officials did a great job smoothing everything out,” East coach Danny Algeo said. “It really could have escalated, but I thought the guys that ran the game did a great job.”
The East took a 14-0 lead into halftime thanks to Curry's two touchdown passes to Hart and widened it immediately in the second half when James Warren returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score.
The West, which turned the ball over three times in the first half, got on the board midway through the third quarter when Chartiers-Houston's Miles Williamson caught a touchdown pass from Trevor Hildebrand of Littlestown.
The West's offense picked up in the fourth quarter, scoring three touchdowns in the final 5 minutes 15 seconds. West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler ran in from 2 yards out to cut the West deficit to 28-12, and Gateway's Delvon Randall made it 28-18 when he caught a 16-yard pass from Franklin Regional's Charan Singh after the West recovered an onside kick.
“It was fun,” said Randall, who caught nine passes for 110 yards. “It was just a blessing to be able to play in this all-star game and compete against some great players.”
The East put the game away with Lewis' 25-yard circus catch in the back of the end zone with 1:52 left.
Franklin Regional's Colin Jonov, who intercepted a pass, was named the West MVP after his final game on his home field.
“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.”
Staff writer Michael Love contributed to this story. Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.
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