Pennsylvania all-stars stumble in 2 OTs in Big 33 Classic

Share with others:


Print Email Read Later

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Twice Chase Edmonds burst through the Maryland defensive line and added tension to a game that for most of its duration had none. The first big run put Pennsylvania on the board, the second set up overtime.

Just as Edmonds kickstarted the Pennsylvania offense in the first half, he keyed the fight back in the second, though ultimately in vain as Pennsylvania fell to Maryland in the 57th Big 33 Classic, 31-24, in double overtime Saturday night at Hersheypark Stadium. But Edmonds, from Central Dauphin East High School in Harrisburg, did take home a trophy of his own as the Pennsylvania player of the game.

"When I started out as a reserve [for Pennsylvania] it really hurt me, it brought tears to my eyes," said Edmonds, who is committed to Fordham. "I feel like I earned the right to be on this team, so I just came here with a chip on my shoulder to prove to everybody that I'm legit."

With Pennsylvania trailing, 24-0, with 5:19 left in the second quarter, Edmonds scampered 28 yards through the middle, giving Pennsylvania fans their first real reason to cheer.

Pennsylvania's defense kept the team in contention, holding Maryland scoreless from Josh Woods' interception return with 6:13 left in the second quarter through the first overtime.

"I told these guys at 24-0 if we put heart into it, we can come back," said defensive back Patrick Amara, a Pitt signee from West Philadelphia Catholic High School.

The lockdown defense allowed Pennsylvania to chip away at the once-commanding Maryland lead. And when Edmonds broke into the second level with 4:56 left in the game, he was dragged down at the Maryland 35, but again he made things interesting.

The drive stalled out, but Edmonds had brought Pennsylvania into field-goal range. Lower Dauphin's Joe Julius, who next fall will try to walk on at Penn State, tied the score with a 29-yard field goal with 1:19 to play.

Pennsylvania held Maryland at the end of regulation and Downingtown East standout Brandon Feamster ended the first overtime, picking off Maryland quarterback Jalen Jones at the 1. But Jones hit receiver Reggie White Jr. on the first play of double overtime.

Maryland linebacker Rasheed Gillis picked off Lebanon quarterback Mark Pyles in the end zone three plays later to end the game.

Said Edmonds: "Talent-wise, you ask me if we win the game 10 times, I believe we win it nine out of 10."

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Twice Chase Edmonds burst through the Maryland defensive line and added tension to a game that for most of its duration, had none. The first put Pennsylvania on the board, the second set up overtime.

Just as Edmonds kickstarted the Pennyslvania offense in the first half, he keyed the fightback in the second, though ultimately in vain as Pennsylvania fell to Maryland in the 57th Big 33 Classic, 31-24 in double overtime at Hersheypark Stadium Saturday night. But Edmonds did take home a trophy of his own as the Pennsylvania player of the game.

"When I started out as a reserve (for Pennsylvania) it really hurt me, it brought tears to my eyes," said the Fordham commit, Edmonds. "I feel like I earned the right to be on this team, so I just came here with a chip on my shoulder to prove to everybody that I'm legit."

With Pennsylvania trailing 24-0 with 5:19 left in the second quarter, Edmonds scampered 28 yards through the middle, giving Pennsylvania fans their first real reason to cheer.

Pennsylvania's defense kept the team in contention, holding Maryland scoreless from Josh Woods' interception return with 6:13 left in the second quarter, through the first overtime.

"I told these guys at 24-0 if we put heart into it we can come back," Pittsburgh defensive back commit Patrick Amara said.

The lockdown defense allowed Pennsylvania to chip away at the once-commanding Maryland lead. And when Edmonds broke into the second level with 4:56 left in the game, he was dragged down at the Maryland 35-yard line, but again, added tension to a game that largely lacked it.

The drive stalled out, but Edmonds had brought Pennsylvania into field-goal range. Joe Julius, who will try to walk on at Penn State next fall, tied the game with a 29-yard field goal 1:19 to play.

Pennsylvania held Maryland at the end of regulation and Brandon Feamster ended the first overtime, picking off Jalen Jones on the 1-yard line. But Jalen Jones hit Reggie White Jr. on the first play of double overtime.

Rasheed Gillis picked off Mark Pyles in the end zone three plays later to end the game.

Said Edmonds: "Talent-wise you ask me if we win the game 10 times, I believe we win it nine out of 10."


Join the conversation:

Commenting policy | How to report abuse
To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Commenting policy | How to report abuse

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here