HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull topped Mahoning 31-21 in the 36th annual Jake Arvin All-Star Football Classic at Memorial Stadium in Hubbard on Thursday evening.
Watch the video above to see highlights of Thursday night’s game.
The Trumbull all-stars broke open a 7-7 at halftime tie with a 24-7 run in the second half to pull away from the Mahoning squad.
They would score on a 37-yard field goal by Keegan McDermott of Champion to make it 10-7 at the 9:25 mark of the third quarter and then increase their advantage to 17-7 with 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter when Trumbull MVP Antwan Brown from Warren JFK rumbled 31-yards. Brown would rush for a game-high 214 yards on 14 carries.
“We came out with enthusiasm. We came out hungry,” Brown, who is a future walk-on defensive back player at Akron remarked. “We had something to prove. We (wanted) to prove that we were the best out here.”
The Mahoning team would cut the deficit to 17-14 with just 3:35 remaining in the third quarter when Crestview quarterback Anthony Cusick connected with Boardman’s Anthony Hightower on a 30-yard touchdown pass. Cusick would take home the MVP honors for the Mahoning team in the game by connecting on 21 of 31 passes for 273 yards and 2 TDs.
“It was a lot of fun. I don’t really care about the score, but honestly, I was shocked. I never expected to receive the MVP from this game,” Cusick commented about receiving the honor. “It was quite scary at some points of the game, but it was the best experience I’ve had football-wise right there. It was a lot of fun.”
Trumbull would seal the game away with a 10-yard run by McDermott with 3:08 left in the third to make it 24-14. They would then tack on an electrifying 95-yard interception return by Mathews’ Corey Lilley to make it 31-14.
“It was like a video game,” Lilley remarked. “I was running around all the players, making moves, it was great. I had a good time.”
“It was great when I got the phone call from coach Dotson. It was just an honor, to be honest. Just to play one more game,” Lilley remarked about his last scholastic game.
Mahoning would close the scoring on the night with a 20-yard pass from Cusick to Canfield’s Oliver Kovass. That touchdown would come with just 6:35 remaining in the contest.
Collin Dotson from LaBrae High School served as head coach for the Trumbull County team, with Crestview’s Paul Cusick serving as head coach of the Mahoning County team.