Team WPA wins 2018 PSFCA East West All-Star game

Mansion Park, Altoona:
 
Written by Shane Lux, Billy Splain 
 on Monday, May 7th, 2018
 
 
Selinsgrove QB Logan Leiby
 
With a steady rain falling on Altoona’s Mansion Park, Selinsgrove’s Logan Leiby threw a 10-yard completion to Penn Trafford’s Cam Suman on 3rd-and-5 with 2:06 remaining that gave the Western squad enough breathing room to run out the clock on their Eastern foes 28-25 Sunday afternoon at Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium
 
The Leiby to Suman completion came after the East opted not to onside kick following Yahmir Wilkerson’s 1-yard touchdown run with 2:45 to play that capped an 8-play 79-yard drive. Harrisburg’s Wilkerson connected with Manheim Township’s Rece Bender on a 54-yard completion to the West’s 24-yard line to set up the score.
 
Wilkerson threw for 118 yards and a score while adding 12 more rushing and a touchdown. Bender had two catches for 91 yards. Leiby collected 134 yards of total offense including 11 rushing and a score, Suman had two grabs for 16 yards.
 
Both teams scored on their opening possessions as the West went into their bag of tricks that saw North Allegheny’s John Vardzel throw a touchdown pass from his wide receiver position to Garret Fairman of Thomas Jefferson.
 
Seven plays later the East tied the game at seven as Wilkerson hit Jake Novak of Manheim Central from 35 yards out.
 
Back-to-back touchdowns pulled the West ahead for good as Leiby scored on a 1-yard keeper punctuating a 79-yard drive.  West MVP Tim Smith of Penn Hills caught 
 
 
West MVP Tim Smith
 
a 35-yard pass from Leiby while Jeannette’s Robert Kennedy ran for a 31-yard gain on the drive. Smith accounted for 153 all-purpose yards.
 
Extending their lead, Bethel Park’s Gavin Vargesko scooped up a fumble and returned it 13 yards that pushed their lead to 21-7 with 10:26 to play in the first half.
 
East MVP Sam Karr of Abraham Lincoln ripped off a 24-yard touchdown run pulling the East to within a score at halftime 21-14. Karr rushed for all 32 yards on the drive following a shanked punt.
 
 
Sam Karr with Homer DeLattre
 
Kennedy returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards, but the West couldn’t capitalize as Carter Raupach of Berlin Brothersvalley had his 31-yard field blocked.
 
Lampeter-Strasburg’s Peyton Denlinger nailed a 33-yard field goal that pulled that pulled the East to within 21-17 at the 3:38 mark of the third quarter.
 
But the West had other ideas as Smith broke a 42-gain and Kennedy capped off the 62-yard drive with a 4-yard scoring run making the score 28-17 after three.
 
The East out gained the West 306 to 267 in total offense.
 
After the game, Penn State preferred walk-on Colin DeBoef and Jeremiah Gutierrez of Stroudsburg were told they were given roster spots for the June 16 Big 33 game due to two other players dropping out.

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Penn Hills RB Tim Smith, Selinsgrove QB Logan Leiby steer West All-Stars to PSFCA showcase win

By Eric F. Epler | eepler@pennlive.com 
on May 06, 2018 8:57 PM, updated May 06, 2018 9:11 PM

ALTOONA -- Tim Smith didn’t haul the fastest tread to Altoona’s Manson Park Stadium yet it didn’t stop the Penn Hills running back from a good romp in the rain.
 
Smith accounted for 153 all-purpose yards and Selinsgrove QB Logan Leiby connected on 10 of 15 passes Sunday as the West contingent made it two straight in the 17th annual PSFCA East-West All-Star game.
 
Through the driving rain storm – what else is new for the venue affectionately hailed as the Raven’s Den? – Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz watched his crew secure a 21-7 halftime lead and then hold off Harrisburg QB Yahmir Wilkerson and the East.
 
Wilkerson’s TD sprint out with 2:45 to play, coupled with his 2-point conversion pass to Lincoln RB Sam Karr, had whittled the West lead to three points.
 
Leiby, however, dashed the East’s last breath when he converted a third-and-5 by hitting Penn-Trafford’s Cam Suman. The East, out of timeouts, watched Leiby take two kneel downs in victory formation.
 
Smith, the West MVP, did not score but rushed 13 times for 88 yards and caught five passes for 65 stripes. Leiby finished with 137 of 150 passing yards for the West.
 
DISTRICT 3 LEADERS
 
Smith worked behind Cumberland Valley OT Jacob Fetterolf and State College guard Collin DeBoef throughout.
 
CV’s Christian Arrington also weighed heavily on the West defense at linebacker.
 
The East managed just four first downs after halftime and were limited to 66 rushing yards on 22 totes.
 
Wilkerson, who completed 7 of 10 pass attempts, and fellow East QB Michael Ruisch did produce a handful of big plays.
 
Following a West touchdown on the opening possession, Wilkerson snapped off a third-and-15 shot to Manheim Central WR Jake Novak. The latter beat the coverage on a deep slant for a 35-yard score.
 
Later, a fumble by Wilkerson did turn into a 13-yard touchdown return by Bethel Park DE Gavin Vargesko early in the second, but Karr’s 24-yard TD run eventually sliced the East deficit to 21-14 with 2:38 to go in the half.
 
Manheim Twp. WR Rece Bender finished with two catches for 91 yards, while Central Dauphin TE Grant Smith (3-48) and Bethlehem Catholic’s Chris Drayton (3-35) gave the QB tandem plenty of targets. Wilkerson was 7 of 10 on the afternoon.
 
Lampeter-Strasburg kicker Peyton Denlinger chipped in three PATs and a 33-yard field goal late in the third quarter. Karr, named the East MVP, rushed 5 times for 70 yards.
 
Robert Kennedy, the hero behind Jeannette’s Class 2A championship in December, capped the West scoring with a 4-yard run in the third.
 
GAME NOTES
 
DeBoef, bound for Penn State as a preferred walk-on, and East guard Jeremiah Gutierrez of Stroudsburg received some good news postgame. Both were awarded roster spots for the June 16 Big 33 game after a pair of players opted out. … Middletown’s Brady Fox rushed four times for 7 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards. … Manheim Central LB Tyler Simon, Hazleton’s Adrian Otero and Lancaster Catholic DE Peyton Snopek (sack) were among the biggest standouts on the East defense. … The West won the 2017 showcase 17-14. Sunday’s game was the fourth straight decided by three points or less.
 
THEY SAID IT
 
“It feels good, but I wasn’t in condition for this one. I thought it was just come here and play. Next time I’m going to be well conditioned when I get the call.” – West RB Tim Smith of Penn Hills
 
“I got to meet new guys and we had a good connection in the game. We had a couple of mistakes but it was a good experience overall. I liked the targets (receivers). It was definitely different but throughout practice this week we got our timing down.” – East QB Yahmir Wilkerson of Harrisburg
 
17th PSFCA East-West All-Star game (Mansion Park, Altoona)
 
East – 7 – 7 – 3 – 8 -- 25
West -- 14 – 7 – 7 – 0 --    28
 
First quarter
West-Garret Fairman 8 pass from John Varadzel (Carter Raupach kick), 8:03
East-Jake Novak 35 pass from Yahmir Wikerson (Peyton Denlinger kick), 4:27
West-Logan Leiby 1 run (Raupach kick), 2:19
Second quarter
West-Gavin Vargesko 13 fumble return (Raupach kick), 10:26
East-Sam Karr 24 run (Denlinger kick), 2:38
Third quarter
East-FG Denlinger 33, 3:38
West-Robert Kennedy 4 run (Raupach kick), :47
Fourth quarter
East-Wilkerson 1 run (Karr pass from Wilkerson), 2:45
 
Team Stats        East         West
First downs          12            14        
Rushes-Yards       22-66      29-142
Passing                241         150
Comp-Att-Int      13-20-0    13-25-0
Punts-Avg.           2-38       4-30.8
Fumbles-lost        2-2           0-0      
Penalties-yds       7-70         5-55
 
Individual statistics
RUSHING: East, Sam Karr 5-70, Yahmir Wilkerson 7-11, Brady Fox 4-7, Xavier Roman 1-1, Chris Drayton 2-(minus-4), Michael Ruisch 3-(minus-19); West, Tim Smith 13-88, Robert Kennedy 5-60, Logan Leiby 5-12, Cam Laconi 1-1, Team 3-(minus-4), Drew Saxton 2-(minus-15.
 
PASSING: East, Michael Ruisch 6-10-0—123, Wilkerson 7-10-0—118; West, Logan Leiby 10-15-0—137, John Varadzel 1-1-0—9, Drew Saxton 2-9-0—4.
 
RECEIVING: East, Rece Bender 2-91, Grant Smith 3-48, Chris Drayton 3-35, Jake Novak 1-35, Xavier Roman 2-12, Andrew Nickles 1-10, Brady Fox 1-10; West, Tim Smith 5-65, John Varadzel 2-37, Garret Fairman 2-18, Cam Suman 2-16, Cam Laconi 2-12, Robert Kennedy 1-2.
 
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