Pennsylvania tops Ohio in Stateline Classic

Crestview's Evan Beachler celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the Stateline Football Classic at Geneva College

BEAVER FALLS, PA (WKBN) – An emotional charged Ohio team scored first, but it was the Pennsylvania team that came roaring back to beat the Buckeyes 34-20. Led by a big play passing game, the Keystoners scored 20 second quarter points to pull away in the contest. With the win, it marks the third year in a row that Pennsylvania has captured the all-star game, and 26th time out of the 36 games played between to two coaching organizations.

With the tragic death of Southern Local player Marcus Walter, the Ohio team came out with a lot of emotion, and moved down the field on their first possession of the game. They scored on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Crestview quarterback Jesse Best to his Crestview team mate Evan Beachler to give the Buckeyes a 7-0 lead with 9:20 remaining in the first quarter.

“Oh we wanted to kill them,” Beachler said of their mind set at the start of the game. “We wanted to beat them, we wanted to beat them hard. Some things just didn’t go our way.”

“It was fantastic,” Beachler said of receiving the pass from his old team mate. “It felt like I was back on the field at Crestview.”

“It was fun,” Best said of connecting with Beachler. “It was like playing for the Rebels again. It was special to throw to a guy that I have been playing with for six years now. It was a fun and special moment at I will remember.”

Unfortunately, that was the only highlight of the first half for the Buckeyes as the Pennsylvania team scored three touchdown in the second quarter on 7-yard pass from Beaver’s Zach Royba to Central Valley’s B.J. Powell on the first play of the stanza to make it 7-6. Then following a couple big pass plays to Powell, the Keystoners punched it in on a 1-yard dive by West Allegheny’s Avery rose to make it 13-7. they would add a third touchdown with just 27 seconds before the half on a 14-yard pass from Central Valley’s John George to New Brighton’s Blaine Williams to make it 20-7.

Pennsylvania would extend their lead early in the fourth quarter on a 6yard run by South Side’s Nathan Block to make it 27-7 before the Buckeyes would strike again.
And again it was Beachler on the receiving end of a pass. this time it was a 42-yard strike from Western Reserve’s John Clegg. With the score at 9:32 of the fourth quarter, the Ohio team cut the Pennsylvania lead down to 27-14. Beachler would be named Player of the Game for the Ohio team.

Pennsylvania would seal the game away with 4:27 remaining by striking again. this time it was 1-yard run by George to make it 34-14. For his effort George was named the Pennsylvania Player of the Game.

Ohio would answer with a 24-yard run by Poland’s Austin Wilson with only 1:10 left in the contest.

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