Team Pa. snaps losing skid in Penn-Ohio Classic
Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 12:49 PM
For the first time in three years, Team Pennsylvania came away victorious in the annual Penn-Ohio All-Star Football Classic as it defeated Team Ohio, 21-0, Wednesday night at Geneva College’s Reeves Field in Beaver Falls.
Although Pennsylvania was loaded with players who had success on the ground all season, such as Aliquippa’s Avante McKenzie, a Slippery Rock commit, and Rochester’s Noah Whiteleather, an Edinboro commit, it was the air attack and defense that propelled them to victory.
In the first quarter, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s Tyler Bradley, who completed 5 of 13 passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns, connected with Central Valley’s Anthony Mendicino for a 22-yard TD pass that gave Pennsylvania a seven-point lead.
With 29 seconds remaining in the first half, Bradley found Beaver’s Brodie List, the second quarterback listed on Pennsylvania’s roster, for a 4-yard strike that gave the Pennsylvania a 14-0 lead.
After holding a two-score lead for a majority of the game, Beaver’s Noah Yates sealed the victory for Pennsylvania when he returned a 45-yard interception for a touchdown with 2:35 remaining in the game.
Though it didn’t trail in the game, Pennsylvania was at a distinct disadvantage in time of possession as Team Ohio held the ball for 12 more minutes and also ran 23 more plays than the host team.