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Metro Outlasts County in 83rd Annual Save-an-Eye All-Star Classic @save_an_eye (gallery)

Written by: on Saturday, July 24th, 2021

 

Seth Fullers’ 3 touchdowns weren’t enough to erase an early deficit for County (photos Jaydyn Jenaya Photography)

 

The fun thing about All-Star games is that the camaraderie created between teammates is equally important as the play on the field. And clearly, the players from across the city of Erie and Erie County meshed well with each other. 

On a perfect summer night in Northwest Pennsylvania with 6,500 fans in attendance, both the Metro and County teams put on a show. And though the Metro Team pulled off a 29-21 victory, the County Team didn’t make it easy. 

Falling behind early in the game and trailing by double digits late in the 4th quarter, the County Team’s explosive offense finally put it together. 

The County squad was led by sure-handed receiver Seth Fuller’s four catches for 175 yards, three touchdowns, and a 2-point conversion. And it couldn’t have happened without the perfectly placed passes from Erie Cathedral Prep quarterback Tamar Sample. 

 

Fuller, who will be playing for Mercyhurst University in the fall, said this about playing in the Save-an-Eye game. 

“It’s a blessing to play in this game. Everyone had fun. It’s great to perform in an all-star game and play against the best of the best.”

Though it was the County Team that put together a late run, it was the Metro Team that was all business from the beginning. 

McDowell Coach Bo Orlando had his squad prepared and performing efficiently on both offense and defense. 

“The biggest challenge is taking seven days of practice and getting the kids to work together. This game is fun — it’s not like the games in the fall with all of the stress. It’s a fun game.”

The Metro Team’s Offensive attack was led by McDowell quarterback Chris Juchno, boasting an almost flawless first half, leading the Metro Team to a 29-7 halftime lead, by completing 12 of 15 passes for 163 yards and 2 touchdown passes. 

“We were able to showcase a great offense tonight built from guys from a mix of several schools,” Juchno said. “We only had seven practices, so there wasn’t a lot of time. But I’m just glad we put it all together and got a win.”

At halftime, the County Team made adjustments on defense, not giving up a point the rest of the game.

But the Metro Team’s defense wasn’t to be outshined either. Even though the County Team began to threaten the lead, the Metro secondary stepped up with interceptions and big returns by Iroquois defensive back Dante Carr and Harbor Creek corner Caden Herman to quell the momentum. 

 

But what looked like what might be an early blowout by the Metro, the County Team showed heart and battled back. But the late rally was squashed after failing to recover an onside kick with 3 minutes left in the game. 

The Metro offense relied on its power run game to run out the clock to solidify victory in the 83rd Save-an-Eye classic.

Large Gallery by Jaydyn Jenaya

 

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