Heights’ Crawford, Bearer key North’s rout
JOHNSTOWN – Friday night’s 43rd annual Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star football game featured a dominant overall effort by the North squad in a 41-7 victory over the South at Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium, and a trifecta of Cambria Heights participants made their presence felt in a big way.
Running back Tyler Crawford picked up a game-high 108 yards on 13 carries and scored twice, while quarterback Nathan Bearer threw for 79 yards and two touchdowns. The Highlanders’ Cody Anna also earned the offensive line MVP award for the North squad, which outgained the South by a 424-140 margin in total offense.
“It feels really good to end my high school career with a win,” said Crawford. “Our offensive line did a great job.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to coach this team,” said North coach Justin Wheeler of Bishop Guilfoyle. “Our offensive line played really well.” “Once we got the first touchdown, we were able to get things going.”
Crawford put the North on the board by taking an inside handoff from Penns Manor’s Danny Ferens and racing 25 yards to the end zone. Adam Polites of Northern Cambria added the extra point.
After an interception by Everett’s Colton Mearkle gave the North excellent field position at the South 44, three plays later his Warrior teammate Barkley Rhoat scored from 25 yards out to put the North up by 14 heading into the second quarter.
Bearer threw two touchdown passes in the second, a 16-yarder to Polites with just over four minutes left in the half, and he capped off a seven-play drive by hitting Doltyn Snedden of Forest Hills from 19 yards out with just 27 seconds remaining that made it 26-0.
The North held the South to just 33 yards in the first half and forced three turnovers.
Ferens, who earned offensive back MVP honors for the North, finished a nine-play drive with a 1-yard sneak at the 7:00 mark of the third quarter. Ferens finished with 80 yards rushing on 20 carries while completing 5 of 12 passes for 57 yards.
Berlin’s Drew Glotfelty scored the South’s lone touchdown on a 5-yard run with 9:43 left in the fourth quarter that closed the gap to 32-7 before Crawford’s second score of the night with 3:13 to play and a late safety set the eventual final.
Polites also earned the Paul Shandor Memorial Scholarship for the North, while Bishop Guilfoyle’s Pat Irwin was awarded the Robert Gardill Scholastic Achievement scholarship.