BRADFORD - Warren County's Big 6 had a big impact on Saturday's Don Raabe Big 30 Classic at Parkway Field.
In a 53-12 win for Pennsylvania over New York, Warren County players helped lead to a mercy rule that kept the clock running during the fourth quarter. Four of the six Warren County standout graduates combined for five of Pennsylvania's touchdowns, while T.J. Hardy added an extra point and Tyler Fitzgerald got a sack on defense.
"I couldn't ask for anything better," said running back John Pascuzzi, Eisenhower High School's all-time leading rusher. "I loved it." Pascuzzi ran for two touchdowns out of Warren quarterback Austin Jerman's rotation.
Times Observer photo by Kiley Fischer
Team Pennsylvania’s John Pascuzzi, of Eisenhower High School, is hoisted up after a touchdown, and joined in celebration by Pa. teammates Mark Davis (10) and Austin Jerman (3), in a 53-12 win over New York on Saturday in Bradford in the Big 30 Classic.
"We had high hopes because people have been talking about the offense that we had, and luckily we were able to come out and perform the way they were expecting us to," said Jerman, Warren's all-time leading passer, of the county's all-stars. "I'm glad we were able to do what we did."
Warren graduate Mark Davis started the scoring for Pennsylvania with a TD catch from Jerman and tied the score at six. After that, the floodgates were opened. Pascuzzi scored his two touchdowns, Eisenhower's Nathan O'Brien caught a pass in the end zone from Port Allegany quarterback Matt Bodamer, and Jerman ran in a touchdown of his own.
Jason Luther, offensive coordinator for Pennsylvania, wasn't surprised with the group's production. "I could tell from day one - I saw them all and thought, 'Wow. What a great group of football players.' I would've loved to have coached them longer.
(John) Pascuzzi would run through a wall for you," said Luther. "Tyler (Fitzgerald) played great. He made good decisions and got in there for a sack. Nate (O'Brien) and Mark (Davis) would have had huge stats if they had played the entire game. They're huge. Austin (Jerman) is so smart with the football. There's so much talent. These kids are as good as they thought they could be."
As for the mercy rule that was called after Pascuzzi ran in for his second touchdown with 47 second left in the third quarter, Luther said they should be proud. "Mercy rules are an accomplishment, especially in an all-star game."
"Everyone from Warren County had great games," said Jerman, who finished 15-of-26 passing for 199 yards and a touchdown in his rotation, and nine carries for 40 yards and another score. Matt Bodamer was 16-of-22 as Pa. other outstanding QB.
Jerman also attributed the chemistry of the team, and especially the chemistry of the players from Warren County, as a big reason they were able to produce the offense that they did.
"Those guys are so good and they have so much talent. It was great playing with them," added Pascuzzi. "We really represented the county."
Davis finished with four catches for 35 yards and his score.