Hubbard, Ohio (WKBN)- Powered by two fourth quarter touchdowns, the Trumbull team beat the Mahoning/Columbiana squad 27-15 in the 30th Annual Jack Arvin Classic All-Star football Thursday night in Hubbard. The game featured big plays, penalties and spirited play.
More than 60 players from 28 different schools fielded the two teams, Columbiana and Mahoning on one team, and Trumbull on the other.
Late in the third quarter, and leading by a 9-6 margin, Mahoning’s head coach Ryan Sloan decided to gamble on a fourth and seven situation from his own 43-yard line. However, the pass attempt by Jackson-Milton’s Jeremy Fitzpatrick was batted down, and gave the Trumbull team the ball in Mahoning territory.
Trumbull wasted little time as they used just three plays to score on a Jacob Rasey (Champion) 27-yard run to take the lead. With the touchdown at the 1:16 mark of the third quarter, Trumbull went up 13-9.
But it was the Trumbull defense that may have won this game as Nick Sanchez (Niles) intercepted a Gary Muntean (Struthers) screen pass and raced 22-yards down to the Mahoning 8-yard line. From there Brennan Wassil plunged into the end zone from 1-yard out to give Trumbull a commanding 20-9 advantage with 10:42 remaining in the contest.
“That turnover and penalties is what really killed us,” Kurilla explained. “They were mouthing off to us, we were mouthing off back, and it just wasn’t going well for either team. It got pretty serious pretty quick,” Kurilla remarked of the chippy play on the field.
Mahoning would cut into the deficit with a late touchdown by Kimu Kim (Canfield) on a 30-yard pass from Munteon with 4:00 remaining. But that was as close as they would get.
Trumbull added one more touchdown late in the game when James Cupan (Girard) scored on a 3-yard run with 1:43 left in the game. Cupan would take home “Player of the Game” honors for the Trumbull team with his 111 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The Mahoning “Player of the Game” went to Kim who also score two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.
M—(Safety)-Snap over the quarterback head
T—(TD)-James Cupan 2-yard run (kick failed)
M—(TD)-Kimu Kim 75-yard run (Vince Yurcho kick)
T—(TD)-Jacob Rasey 27-yard run (Wyatt Ford kick)
T—(TD)-Brennan Wassil 1-yard run (Ford kick)
M—(TD)-Kim 30-yard pass from Gary Munteon (pass failed)
T—(TD)-Cupan 3-yard run (Ford kick)