1959 Recap

Written by: Big 33 Staff on August 1, 1959.


Pennsylvania made it two straight over the National High School All-Americans with an 18-0 decision at Hershey.

Ed Rutkowski of Kingston was the MVP. He ran 19 yards for a touchdown, ran for two points, and passed for two more.

Pennsylvania used a single wing attack to gain 180 yards rushing and 59 passing. Denny Phillips was the rushing leader with 75 yards on 14 carries. He ran a yard for the first TD in the second quarter.

John Sherrer of Philadelphia gave Pennsylvania a 2-0 lead early in the game when he blocked a punt that rolled out of the end zone for safety.

The All-Americans stopped Pennsylvania at the one early in the second period. Gary Kaltenbach of Clairton recovered a fumble at the AA 26. Phillips ran seven yards to the one and took it over from there. Rutkowski passed to Tom Urbanik of Donora for a 10-0 halftime lead.

Bernie Sabol, Harry Butsko, Jerry Phillips, Sherrer and Kaltenbach limited the All-Americans to 125 yards in total offense. The AA team included Terry Baker, who would later win the Heisman Trophy.

Sherrer stopped the visitors on a fourth down run at their own 19 in the third quarter. Rutkowski, who completed 6-of-14 passes but was intercepted twice, broke off tackle and went 19 yards untouched. He repeated the play to close out the scoring.