HUNTINGDON - Bellwood-Antis graduate Ryan Stuby will be attending Penn State Altoona in the fall, so Friday night's 28th-annual Lezzer Lumber Classic was his swan song.
And what a song it was for the quarterback.
Stuby completed his first eight passes, connected on 13-of-15 for the game and threw for 222 yards, threw touchdown passes of 27 and 55 yards, ran for 29 yards and was voted the South's MVP by the media in a 35-28 win over the North on a warm night at Huntingdon's War Vets Field.
Photo for the Mirror by Chris Wechtenhiser
Tyrone’s Christian Getz goes up and makes a one-handed catch for the South team in its victory at the Lezzer Lumber Classic on Friday night.
"I'm usually not on fire," Stuby said, "but today I just kept going. I didn't expect to do that good. I thought I would have a couple completions here or there, but not a couple hundred yards.
"I owe it all to my offensive line," Stuby said, which got cheers from his offensive linemen. "It was all for fun for me. I just wanted to go out, do my thing and have fun."
"We were really amazed at how they grasped the concept of what we were trying to do," South and Penn Cambria coach Ernie Fetzer said. "Stuby was just superb."
While it turned out to be an offensive shootout, Tyrone grad Corbin Nevling-Ray was a force from his defensive end spot. The North only passed seven times, but Nevling-Ray had two sacks, had at least one pressure and another tackle for loss as he was named the South's defensive MVP.
"I just tried to make plays," Nevling-Ray said, "and some stuff came out my way a little bit. It kind of helped me out."
The South, which had 26 of the 31 area players, struck on its first possession, going 56 yards on seven plays and finishing the drive with Stuby feathering a 27-yard touchdown pass to Altoona grad Rafeeq Barnes.
"It was a drawn-up run play," Stuby said, "but I saw the kid was [man-to-man] on him. We've been working on it all week, and I just checked to Rafeeq. I knew he could just get open with one step."
"The cornerback was playing up," Barnes said, "and I knew I could beat him. [Stuby] is a good quarterback. His passes were on point. It was like that during practice too."
Barnes, who will be heading to Edinboro to play football, also scored on a 23-yard end-around with 8 seconds left in the third quarter.
Clearfield grad Beau Swales, who ran for 143 yards on 17 carries, scored three rushing touchdowns and caught a 49-yard TD pass, was the North's obvious choice for offensive MVP. He got the North on the scoreboard with a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal 1:29 into the second quarter.
"He was tough," Nevling-Ray said of Swales. "He rushed for a lot of yards, and he's a good player, definitely."
Hollidaysburg's Kris Stern, who led the South in rushing with 49 yards on eight carries, scored on a 1-yard run with 5:58 left in the first half.
It appeared the South would go into the locker room with a 14-7 lead, but Swales slipped behind the South secondary and hauled in a 49-yard scoring strike from State College's Josh Weakland with no time left on the clock.
"We really didn't have that planned," North and West Branch coach Les Smeal said. "We put our heads together and coach [Kevin] Hubler sort of drew things in the dirt and we just executed."
After Mount Union's Kai House scored on the third 1-yard run of the game in the third, the South dug into its back of tricks for its next score. Using a double-handoff flea flicker, Stuby hit Altoona's Dan Moyer, wide open by about 20 yards, for a 55-yard TD pass.
After Barnes scored on his 23-yard run, Swales struck again with no time left on the the clock - this time on a 70-yard run. Swales added a 20-yard TD run on fourth down in the fourth to set the final.
"This was tremendous fun," Nevling-Ray said. "I met a lot of new people, and we came together quick in a short amount of time."
"It was a great group of kids," said Fetzer, who was doused with water afterward. "They were special all week."
Game notes: Central Mountain's Holden Whitehead was named the North's defensive MVP. ... Altoona's Vince Nedimyer and Juniata Valley's Don MacEachern was recognized as CPFCA Hall of Fame inductees. ... Southern Huntingdon kicker Nathan Patterson had two touchbacks.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
North0 14 7 7 - 28
South7 7 21 0 - 35
S-Barnes 27 pass from Stuby (Patterson kick), 9:30.
N-Swales 1 run (Johnson kick), 10:31.
S-Stern 1 run (Patterson kick), 5:58.
N-Swales 49 pass from Weakland (Johnson kick), :00.
S-House 1 run (Patterson kick), 6:56.
S-Moyer 55 pass from Stuby (Patterson kick), 5:05.
S-Barnes 23 run (Patterson kick), :08.
N-Swales 70 run (Johnson kick), :00.
N-Swales 20 run (Johnson kick), 4:41.
RUSHING: North-Swales 17-143, Holland 11-71, Auman 6-19, Sleigh 1-9, Frye 6-5, Weakland 2-(-6). South-Stern 8-49, House 6-38, Stuby 8-29, Barnes 1-23, Getz 10-13, Morrison 3-4, TEAM 1-(-2).
PASSING: North-Weakland 1-3-0-9; Frye 1-1-0-14; Sleigh 1-3-0-12. South-Stuby 13-15-0-222.
RECEIVING: North-Swales 1-49, Holland 2-26. South-Getz 4-61, Barnes 2-58, Moyer 1-55, Borst 3-27, Scott 2-21, Stern 1-0.