BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (WKBN) – The Ohio team got the best of Pennsylvania 35-28 in the 43rd Penn-Ohio All-Star Classic at Geneva on Thursday. And it came down to two future YSU Penguins to seal the game for Ohio
Watch the video above for highlights from the game.
With Just 22-seconds remaining in the game, and Ohio trailing 28-27 to Pennsylvania, Springfield’s Beau Brungard connected with South Range’s Dylan Dominguez on an 11-yard pass to score the winning touchdown. A two-point conversion pass from Brungard to Tiger teammate Aaron Groner provided the final points in the contest.
“It was slant and out. Their linebackers were blitzing and they weren’t going with the running backs. So we decided to put them on a little wheel route and dump it off. It ended up working out. It was coach Guerriero’s call. It was a good play call,” Brungard described the winning play.
“Wow. It was pure excitement,” a stunned Domiguez remarked. “I caught it and jumped in there and I just couldn’t wait to celebrate with my team. It was great.”
Ohio got on the board on their first drive when Brungard found West Branch product Nick Wilson for the 8-yard touchdown. It was the first of three scoring tosses Brungard would have with Wilson in the game.
The two would hook up again in the 2nd quarter, this time from 22-yards out to push the lead to 13-0 into the half. Wilson would haul in 10 passes in the game for 94 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In the 3rd quarter, Brungard would find Wilson yet again, for the pair’s third touchdown of the game, to make it 19-0 Ohio. Brungard would receive the Ohio team Offensive Player of the Game for his 15 of 17 passing for 253 yards and 3 TD’s in the contest.
“That offensive player of the game, that’s one hundred percent Nick’s,” Brungard stated. “He made me look good tonight. I have to give all the credit to my lineman blocking and Nick catching the ball. He did a great job. I certainly did not get that (MVP) on my own.”
“This was an unbelievable experience to play with Beau,’ Wilson said. “He is going to do great things at YSU.”
But the Pennsylvania team would score 20 unanswered points in the 2nd half to take a 20-19 lead late in the 4th quarter.
Ohio would answer back with a score of their own, this time with Brungard taking it himself from four yards out to put his team back in front 27-20.
Wilson’s teammate Steven Marra was awarded the Ohio team Defensive Player of the Game for his effort on the night.
“It was a crazy game,” Marra remarked. “It was really stressful at some points, some bad timing and a blocked punt which was stressful too. But our guys ended up doing what they needed when the time counted and we ended up getting the win in the end. So it all worked out. It was a good game, it was exciting.”
The win is Ohio’s fourth in the last six matchups.