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SCFCA All-STAR FOOTBALL GAME CAPTURED BY THE NORTH 24-0. @PFNDan570FB @SchLeague @PIAADistrictXI @coachhall_ @CoachGaffney08 @SCFCA @farrmj

Written by: on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

 

 

SOUTH SQUAD HELD SCORELESS BY DOMINATE NORTH DEFENSE

By Brian Ptashinski @BPtashinski on Twitter Photos Courtesy of Daniel Reed @PFNDan570FB on Twitter

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN- In most cases when a high school all-star game takes place, the offenses take precedent, but this was not the case Saturday afternoon at Schuylkill Haven as the North team shut down the vaunted South offense by a tune of 24-0 in 34th Schuylkill County Football Coaches Game at Rotary Field.

Because of the extreme temperature on the field, the game was played with a running clock as both teams kept their team well hydrated throughout the contest.  The North squad got on the scoreboard at the end of the opening quarter as Ben Terry, of Mahanoy Area used a quarterback sneak from a yard out. Marian Catholic’s Mike Baloga connected on his first of three PAT’s to make it 7-0, more on him later. That score held as the teams hit the locker room at half.

The South had a chance to answer North’s touchdown as they drove 77 mixing a balance of pass and run’s including a 32 yard completion form Josh Leininger of Pine Grove to Blue Mountain’s Bryce Hensley and Bobby Walcak of Pottsville added a 20 yard run on the drive that put the ball on the North 3, but from there the defense stiffened and the South turned the ball over on downs after going for it on 4th and goal.

The third quarter ended up scoreless as neither team could move the ball either on the ground or via the airwaves. The North was able to find a little separation in the final twelve minutes as Lehighton’s Richard Fronheiser found Chris Strika out of Jim Thorpe to a tune of a 19 yard score, Baloga converted the PAT making the score 14-0 with 8:03 left in the contest.

 

The MVP of the game for the North, Baloga, then hit a 47 yard field goal with just fifty seconds left to play making the score 17-0. Baloga, the first special team player to ever win an MVP will be attending Bloomsburg University in the fall stated after the game,  “It was just great playing with all these guys that I competed with during the season. It was an honor being on the same field with them one more time, I wish them all the best going forward.”

 

The final score of the game came on the first play of the ensuing South drive as Dylan Dietz of North Schuylkill picked off a pass and cashed it in from 40 yards out making the final margin of victory 24-0. In addition to Baloga winning the MVP for the North,  the South was represented by Pine Grove’s Brody Robinson.

North’s winning coach Wally Hall of North Schuylkill stated after the game, “The great play was outstanding considering the limited amount of practice time we had together. You don’t think about a shutout in a game like this, you just hope you play an all-around good game and the kids gave excellent effort today.

 

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