EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Pennsylvania rallied past Ohio 20-17 in the the 42nd Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic on Thursday night at Patterson Field in East Liverpool.
Moon’s safety Dawson Snyder came up with a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:33 left in the game to seal the deal. Ohio had a 17-13 lead and looked to just run out the clock when the Ohio coaching staff rolled the dice and tried to catch the PA team off guard on the play.
The game was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pennsylvania opened the scoring in the second quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run by Josh Hathaway, giving PA a 7-0 lead. That score came at the 11:33 mark of the frame.
Later in the second quarter, West Branch’s Brock Hillyer connected with Springfield’s Austin Tindell on an 82 yard touchdown pass which tied the game at 7-7 with 10:26 remaining in the half. The play was only the second play Ohio ran following the PA score.
Springfield Kicker Clay Medvec would give Ohio a 10-7 lead with a 42-yard field goal with 4:50 remaining in the second quarter. Medvec would have another 41-yard field goal attempt blocked by Laurel’s Mitch Miles on the final play of the first half.
Ohio led 10-7 at halftime.
Pennsylvania recaptured the lead in the third quarter. Aden Almashy hit Elias Bishop on a 34-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was blocked, but PA still held a 13-10 lead.
Ohio then took a 17-13 lead on Garrett Dozier’s 15-yard touchdown run with 5:44 left in the contest. The touchdown was set up by a field reversing 57 yard run by Leetonia’s Marco Ferry.
Crestview’s linebacker Will Hardenbrook took home the Defensive MVP award while West Branch’s quarterback Brock Hillyer captured the Offensive MVP honor.
“It was a great experience,” Hardenbrook said. “It was back and forth all night and everything was very physical. We played hard. We lost, but we played a great game.”
As far as the award itself Hardenbrook was honored.
“It means a lot. I practiced really hard all week and a couple days ago I tweaked my hamstring pretty bad so I feel so fortunate to still be able to play and have such a great time playing with all these great players,” He remarked.
For Hillyer, despite taking home the MVP honor, he felt he could have made a few more plays to help the Ohio squad.
“I think I did an alright job. I missed a couple plays there at the end, but throughout the game I felt I was doing what I was supposed to do to help our team to move the chains,” Hillyer said.
“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches to put me in good situations,” he added. “it was a great football game. It’s the kind of game you want to play in and compete.”