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Joshua Bush of New York, representing Randolph, stops AP quarterback Noah Lent of Smethport from scoring a touchdown during the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic football game in Bradford, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Photo PJ by Christian Storms

BRADFORD, PA — Continuing its run for dominance.

The Pennsylvania team found heads first and didn’t look back as they beat New York 27-13 in the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic football game at Bradford High School on Saturday night.

“Just so you can say you’re PA All-Stars,” Pennsylvania and Port Allegany All-Stars head coach Justin Bienkowski said of the game. “It’s a 49-year tradition, next year it’s 50. We’ve done our part to keep the streak alive and we’ve done our part to increase one in win-loss. It’s a really cool experience, I’ve been coaching football for 20 years and it ranks among the best memories.

Winless since 2015, New York struggled against a Pennsylvania team that didn’t lag behind in the game. Both teams struggled to get the ball out of the gate, which led to a scoreless first quarter.

It wasn’t until halfway through the second quarter that Pennsylvania broke the plane first after keeping the ball in New York’s half court for most of the game. Pennsylvania flirted with the end zone on the previous drive, but was stopped at the 2-yard line for a turnover on the downs.

New York quarterback Lucas Marsh, representing Franklinville/Ellicottivlle, delivers the ball to Frewsburg’s Zach Winters during the first quarter of the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic football game in Bradford, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Photo PJ by Christian Storms

In his next series, Pennsylvania quarterback Noah Lent of Smethport showcased his athleticism. Carême used his legs for a big scramble to bring Pennsylvania back to the 2-yard line and this time he kept the ball to himself for the score and the eventual 7-0 lead.

“These four kids were fun to coach,” Bienkowski said of Smethport players. “They are so athletic, smart and easy to coach. Noah Lent is Noah Lent, he’s been doing this to us for three years.

It was New York’s turn to respond to Pennsylvania’s touchdown, but with the overwhelming passing rush, it was difficult to do so. The Pennsylvania defensive line had New York quarterback Lucas Marsh representing Franklinville/Ellicottville on the run, but he couldn’t escape Warren’s Judge Greene who picked up a huge backpack and picked up the fumble himself. same.

Great defensive play from Greene put Pennsylvania in a great position on the field and Smethport’s connection cashed in again with Lent making a 4-yard touchdown pass to Alex Ognen as the lead increased to 14-0.

“Anytime you’re an attacking team, it takes a while to get everything set up,” added Bienkowski. “An offensive line is a unit, they only had two weeks together. You could see that both offensive lines took a hit on the chin.

New York Randolph All-Stars’ Luke Pagett (5), Gowanda’s Maddox Browning (19), and Olean’s Jamison Pittman (14) finish celebrating after Pittman’s touchdown at the Big 30 All-Star Football Game Charities Classic in Bradford, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Photo PJ by Christian Storms

Leading 14-0 at halftime, it looked like New York’s offensive line had found its second-half rhythm from the get-go. The running tandem of Randolph’s Luke Pagett and Olean’s Jamison Pittman walked the ball downfield for New York’s first touchdown. Pittman capped the drive with a long 4-yard run to the pylon and the extra run made it 14-7.

In the next series for Pennsylvania, New York seemed to have stolen the whole moment when a big sack from the Salamanca Kody Shinners set up a 4th-and-27. However, New York couldn’t help but hinder his own progress with another penalty. Self-inflicted injuries cut the wind from New York’s sails and the score remained 14-7 after three quarters.

“There is obviously a rivalry here,” Jake Burkholder, head coach of the New York and Southwest All-Stars, said. “The AP has won since 2015 when New York last won, so it’s been a while since New York has won one. They are passionate high school students, they are young people who were the best of their teams that they want to win.

Penalties seemed to have put the New York team to bed, but it was Ridgway’s (Johnsonburg) receiver Camron Marciniak’s 49-yard touchdown that was the final nail in the coffin. Ridgway’s Eric Salberg added the final score for Pennsylvania on a one-yard pass from St. Marys Christian Coudriet and the missed PAT made it 27-7.

The game out of reach, New York did not stop fighting.

Inside the two-minute warning, New York forced a fumble and Randolph’s Joshua Bush recovered the loose ball and returned it for a touchdown to give some hope at 27-13 after the two-point conversion failed.

At the next kickoff, New York perfectly executed an onside kick that gave them another chance to pull back in the game. However, the Pennsylvania defense again held on to hold New York out of the end zone to hold on for the 27-13 final victory.

“That kick at the end was huge” Burkholder said. “The never quitting in those kids was very evident towards the end there.”

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