Trybus gives BG’s Wheeler one more win

JOHNSTOWN — Friday night’s 47th annual Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Classic proved to be one last opportunity to show that Bishop Guilfoyle quarterback Josh Trybus and head coach Justin Wheeler will always find a way to win a football game.

After the South all-stars took a 28-14 lead with 8:47 left in the contest, Trybus subsequently engineered two touchdown drives, executed a successful onside kick, and completed a two-point conversion pass to Berlin’s Cole Booth for what proved to be the winning points for the North squad in a 29-28 comeback thriller at Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.

“Josh has never lost a game in his high school career as a starting quarterback,” Wheeler said. “All of these guys battled and showed a lot of heart.”

Trybus completed 10-of-19 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns to key a North offense that rolled up over 500 total yards. Booth was the primary target, as the Mountaineer speedster caught nine passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another score to earn offensive back MVP honors for his squad.

“We got the matchups we wanted, and you saw some great athletes make plays,” Wheeler said.

Despite all the offensive fireworks, the final outcome was decided by a defensive stand. Following the go-ahead connection from Trybus to Booth, there was still more than two minutes left on the clock. Bishop McCort quarterback Levi Cook then hit Johnstown’s Elijah Brehm for a 38 yard gain and a subsequent personal foul at the end of the play moved the ball to the North 18. Cook dove for a first down at the 7, but the North defense slammed the door by stuffing two runs and forcing a pair of incompletions on third and fourth down with 26 seconds left.

“They had a ton of weapons but our defense never gave up,” Wheeler said.

“Things just got away from us at the end,” South coach Tony Penna Jr. of Greater Johnstown said. “You saw two teams play their hearts out and leave everything on the field.”

The offenses started slowly, as two scores in a two-minute span provided the only points of the first half. Trybus found Conemaugh Township’s Jake Grosik for a 15-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter and then added the extra point for a 7-0 lead. However, the South answered just four plays later when Cook fired a 22-yard touchdown strike to Johnstown’s Tavis Price. The conversion failed, and the 7-6 score remained until the second half.

Cook led a 7-play scoring drive on the South’s initial possession of the third which he capped off with an 8-yard touchdown run, and he then darted in for the conversion to make it 14-7.

Late in the third, Trybus drove the North 91 yards in eight plays to tie it on a 15-yard scoring pass to Booth, but just one play from scrimmage later South running back Nick Hite of Penn Cambria turned the corner and raced untouched 80 yards down the sideline to put his team up six heading into the fourth.

The South then picked off Trybus and Northern Bedford’s Isaac Drenning on consecutive possessions early in the final quarter, with the second interception leading to Cook’s second touchdown pass to Price that built a two-touchdown cushion.

Trybus later found Booth on a perfectly placed toss to the corner of the end zone to make it 28-21 with 5:16 left, and after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the South that pushed the ensuing kickoff 15 yards further, Trybus gave his team the ball back with an onside kick that was recovered at the South 34. Six plays later, Booth found paydirt from five yards out and then caught the go-ahead conversion.

Notes: Other MVP award winners for the North were defensive back Steven Sheaffer of Everett, offensive lineman Tristan Brant of Berlin, and defensive lineman Logan McGeary of Bishop Guilfoyle. The South’s MVP’s were Cook, who earned offensive back honors by finishing 9-of-15 for 208 yards and two scores. Bedford’s Tanner Coughenour was named the top defensive back, while Westmont teammates Justin Bulas and Mike Weinzerl took home offensive and defensive line awards.

North 29, South 28

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NORTH – 7 0 7 15 – 29

SOUTH – 0 6 14 8 – 28

First quarter

N– Grosik 13 pass from Trybus (Trybus kick), 1:31.

Second quarter

S– Price 28 pass from Cook (pass failed), 14:52.

Third quarter

S– Cook 8 run (Cook run), 10:49.

N– Booth 15 pass from Trybus (Trybus kick), 1:59.

S– Hite 80 run (pass failed), 1:36.

Fourth quarter

S– Price 34 pass from Cook (Valente run), 8:47.

N– Booth 23 pass from Trybus (Trybus kick), 5:16.

N– Booth 5 run (Booth pass from Trybus), 2:48.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: North–Trybus 11-25, St. Clair 7-48, Drenning 9-3, Napora 6-21, Booth 3-10. South–Valente 3-10, Fairman 9-39, Hite 7-107, Cook 7-31, Price 1-minus 7.

PASSING: North–Trybus 10-19-1-285, Drenning 11-24-1-139. South–Cook 9-15-0-208, Fairman 3-6-0-57.

RECEIVING: North– Booth 9-234, St. Clair 4-108, Trybus 2-49, Lasch 1-3, Napora 2-minus 1, Grosik 1-13, Marino 2-18. South–Brehm 6-153, Price 2-62, Tinsley 3-35, Coyle 1-15.

INTERCEPTIONS: North–none. South–Jordan-Maines 1, Coughenour 1.

TEAM STATISTICS N S

First Downs 21 17

Rushes-yards 36-107 28-180

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 21-42-2 12-21-0

Yards passing 424 265

Total Yards 531 445

Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-yards 7-74 4-45

Punts-avg. 2-35 3-31

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