Offense, defense go south for South in 2nd half
CLEARFIELD — The South, comprised of many players from the Mirror coverage area, kept pace with the North in the first half of the 35thannual Lezzer Lumber Classic at Clearfield’s Bison Sports Complex.
But it all fell apart for the South in the second half.
The North, led most of the night by State College quarterback and Penn State walk-on Tommy Friberg, erupted for 41 points in the second half to set a Lezzer Lumber record for points in a 57-16 romp on a cool and windy Friday night.
“We made a couple early mistakes that they made big plays on,” Juniata Valley coach Bill Musser said. “The North had a ton of talent. Coach (Jesse) Nagle put together a good plan in a hurry.”
“Obviously it wasn’t the outcome that we wanted,” Juniata Valley’s Quinn Zinobile said. “But I made a lot of good friends and memories that will last a lifetime. I’m really thankful to be a part of this. It was an honor to be nominated to play in this game.”
Friberg completed 7 of his 11 passes for 99 yards and two first-half touchdown passes and ran for 63 yards on 14 carries. Friberg was voted the North’s Offensive Most Valuable Player.
“The State College quarterback was pretty hard to bring down,” Tyrone defensive end Braeden Nevling-Ray said. “He was definitely one of the hardest I brought down.”
Zinobile and Nevling-Ray were the stars for the South.
Zinobile, the Clarion University recruit, moved from quarterback to wide receiver and excelled, catching nine passes for 115 yards. Zinobile, who did play QB in the fourth quarter, also ran for 38 yards on nine carries and passed for 27 yards. He was named the South’s Offensive MVP.
“I’m playing (receiver) in college, so I figured I’d work on that,” Zinobile said. “I think all the hard work paid off. I had a few good passes thrown to me, and I made a few good catches.”
“I think Quinn did really well,” Musser said. “We knew what Quinn had. I think he’s going to be a receiver in college, but he’s an athlete. He’s a competitor, and he showed that again.
Nevling-Ray was voted the South Defensive MVP after recording four sacks, 13 tackles and recovering a fumble.
“It feels awesome,” Nevling-Ray said of his performance. “It was definitely one of my goals, even before the season. I looked up to my older brother (Corbin). He got the same award when he played this game. I really work on my quickness, and I watch a lot of YouTube videos to practice pass rushing moves.”
“His motor never stops,” Musser said. “He just goes and goes and goes.”
Friberg ran 41 yards on the first play of the second half. Three plays later, Penns Valley’s Ryan Ripka scored on a 12-yard run.
Later in the quarter, on a trick play, Peter Downer threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Collin Jones.
After Nevlin-Ray’s fourth sack, Downer threw a 5-yard TD pass to Eric Schneider/
The South lost five fumbles. After the South fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the North made it 46-8 in a minute into the fourth quarter on a 12-yard Cole Breon run.
Juniata Valley grad Jaxson Rand broke the North’s momentum with a 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. But another North touchdown and a field goal extended the margin of victory.
“Having the opportunity to work with these kids and the work ethic that they showed made it a lot more palpable,” Musser said. “We talked all week as coaches, as much as this generation is getting bashed for how soft it is, this group showed nothing but hard work, positive attitudes and respect for peers.”
Notes: There was no mercy rule. … West Branch’s Derek Yingling was named the North Defensive MVP. … The North leads the series, 18-17. … The North outgained the South, 410-254.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
South 0 8 0 8 –16
North 8 8 24 17 –57
N–Ripka 4 pass from Friberg (Persiko kick), 5:34
S–Posey 1 run (Schmoke kick), 7:41
N–Turner 21 pass from Friberg (Persiko kick), 4:49
N–Ripka 12 run (Persiko kick), 10:38
N–Jones 65 pass from Downer (Persiko kick), 6:00
N–Schneider 5 pass from Downer (Persiko kick)
N–Breon 12 run (Persiko kick), 11:00
S–Rand 2 run (Schmoke kick), 7:20
N–Turner 1 run (Persiko kick), 6:00
N–Persiko 42 FG
TEAM STATISTICS S N
First downs 14 15
Total yards 254 410
Rushes-yards 43-85 40-201
Yards passing 169 209
Passing (comp.-att.-int) 14-27-0 10-15-1
Punts-avg. 5-32.2 3-33.0
Fumbles-lost 6-5 2-1
Penalties-yards 2-17 4-30
RUSHING: South–Zinobile 9-38, Wright 9-5, Fisher 5-17, Patton 7-16, Posey 7-19, Wolfe 2-13, Rand 3-1, TEAM 1-(-24). North–Ripka 6-33, Yingling 5-10, Friberg 14-63, Dale 6-21, Breon 4-25, Downer 3-44, Turner 2-5.
PASSING: South–Wright 9-15-0-100, Posey 3-9-0-42, Zinobile 2-3-0-27. North–Friberg 7-11-1-99, Downer 2-2-0-70, Turner 1-1-0-40, Jones 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: South–Zinobile 9-115, Derugen 2-39, Rand 1-10, Wyland 1-4, Wolfe 2-1. North–Jones 3-129, Ripka 2-29, Lynch 2-20, Turner 1-21, Schneider 1-5, Badger 1-5.