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Team East Wins 2021 PSFCA Small School 1A-3A All-Star Game – Gallery Included

Written by: on Monday, May 31st, 2021

 

Central Valley quarterback and Harvard commit Ameer Dudley breaks a tackle on a 75-yard touchdown in Sunday’s first annual east/west small school’s all-star game.

The first annual east-west small school game came down to the wire Saturday afternoon in the first game of three for a super Memorial football weekend. In the end, the small school east team defeated the west 17-10 led by the quarterback and receiver duo of Riverside’s Johnny Gilchrist and William Penn Charter’s Aaron Maione. Gilchrist connected on 11 passing attempts for 189 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Maione hauled in 8 catches for 113 total yards. Maione was also named the east MVP for the game. He commented on his performance as well as adding about what is next to come in his life, “It’s bittersweet, last high school game ever but I am excited for my next chapter in life at Davidson college. I go down on June 12th and I am very excited”. 

The game didn’t start out in the East team’s favor. Late in the first quarter, after neither team could find an offensive groove, the west team came out with some trickery. Central Valley quarterback Ameer Dudley handed the ball off to Brookville’s Jack Krug. Looking like a sweep play Krug heaved the ball back to Dudley who took the ball 75 yards to the house while breaking a few tackles in the process. The extra point attempt was good from Bishop McCort’s William Haslett making the score 7-0 West lead.  

The East would respond in the second quarter and would never look back. With 5:02 to go in the half Steel-High running back, Odell Greene bulldozed his way into the endzone from two yards out. Annville-Cleona’s Macrae Plummer nailed the extra point tying the score at 7-7. At the end of the half, Plummer would go on to nail a 33-yard field goal to give the East a 10-7 lead at halftime. 

The second half was dominated by the East defense that managed to get a blocked punt by Pine Grove’s Brody Robinson as well as the game-sealing interception. 

Late in the third quarter, Gilchrist connected with Salisbury Township’s Chad Parton for a 12-yard touchdown. Wyomissing Area kicker Aidan Cirulli pushed the East lead to 17-7 with 2:57 to go in the third quarter.

The west squad struggled to find an offense against the stout east defense until late in the fourth quarter. However, with 6:13 to go in the game west kicker William Haslett nailed a 42-yard field goal to make the score 17-10 east. The West would get one more shot on offense but Wyomissing Area’s Zack Zechman intercepted the pass in the endzone with just over a minute left in the game. With the East squad kneeling down to close out the game this brought a final score of 17-10 in the first annual east vs west small school matchup. 

At the end of the game, Gilchrist talked about the feeling and experiences he had with this game. He added, “It’s an awesome feeling to come out on top and to reflect on the past couple of weeks only having two practices. We are already a group of brothers. It was definitely nice to have a crowd in today’s game. I have one more game in the Dream Game and I am excited about it.’’ Head coach Mike Farr mentioned at one of the two practices that this game was something that he developed and mentioned to the board and how this game brings him a certain feeling of pride. After the game, he commented on this saying “For me, I am going into my 36th year and it is my mission to give high school football players the best opportunities they can get. When I became President I looked at it like here is my shot. I am a business guy and data-driven and I showed how it would be a positive impact for not only football but membership. This was a great football game and it shows they are all good football players and we gave 76 kids an opportunity to showcase their talent”.

 

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