June 19, 2015 Big 33 Game
It didn’t take Pennsylvania’s all-star squad long to jump out to an early lead, as South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh found Harrisburg’s Amechie Walker on a deep slant between the hash marks. One play. One pass. 63 yards, six points and barely 13 seconds off the clock.
Urbana’s Ray Grey started the game for Maryland at RB and paced both squads on the ground with 67 of his team’s 78 yards. Maryland put together several drives and threatened to score several times, but couldn’t capitalize in the red zone for the most part. A 26 yard field goal by North Harford’s Sean Bowling to lead off the second quarter would be all the losing squad could convert.
Pennsylvania on the other hand, could not seem to earn a first down, except in the passing game. Their scores all came on deep passes, and only had a total of three yards on the ground.
Brumbaugh set up the team’s second TD as the clock wound down past the seven-minute mark, finding first Walker and then Archbishop Wood ‘s Jarrett McClenton for a combined 46 yards. Woodland Hills wide out Art Thompkins, caught a 26-yard touchdown pass. Pennsylvania’s final score came as the clock ticked past the 2:59 mark near the end of the half. Brumbaugh found Imhotep Charter‘s D.J. Moore on a flea-flicker for an 86-yard score.
Woodland Hills’ Mike Nash had an interception, one of three Maryland turnovers. Rain fell throughout the first half but the storms intensified while the teams were in the locker rooms at halftime and the game was called before the start of the third quarter. The Big 33 also was cut short at halftime by thunderstorms in 1988, when Pennsylvania beat Maryland, 21-13. Pennsylvania leads the series 2-1.
June 14, 2014 Big 33 Game
In the first-ever Big 33 double overtime game, Maryland beat Pennsylvania 31-24 in dramatic fashion. Maryland jumped out early in the first quarter, as running back Marquel Dickerson saw a big hole up the middle, taking the carry for a 72-yard touchdown. A 39-yard field goal put Maryland ahead 10-0 near the end of the first quarter. Shortly into the second quarter, they added to their lead. Jalen Jones capped a 62-yard drive with a pass to Kevin Joppy in the flat, which he ran 14 yards for a touchdown. Pennsylvania had its next drive interrupted abruptly, as Maryland’s Josh Woods picked off a Mark Pyles pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown and the 24-0 lead. Woods, a Maryland signee, finished with three interceptions and was named Maryland’s Most Valuable Player.
Down 24-0 in the second quarter, Pennsylvania stormed back with Chase Edmonds scoring on Pennsylvania’s first touchdown midway through the second quarter on a 28-yard run. The Fordham signee was later named Pennsylvania’s Most Valuable Player, taking seven carries for 50 yards. Maryland almost scored right before halftime, but Christian Lezzer stripped Micah Till near the goal line and Niko Thorpe recovered the ball in the end zone to give Pennsylvania the ball back. Thorpe recovered another fumble on a botched handoff in the third quarter, and it led to Pennsylvania’s next score. Toledo-bound tailback Terry Swanson made the turnover count as he punched in a touchdown from 5 yards out. That made it a 24-14 Maryland lead with 4:23 to go in the third quarter.
Pyles led Pennsylvania’s first drive of the fourth quarter and capitalized with a 20-yard touchdown run to make it just a three-point deficit. The Pennsylvania defense took over after that, riding the momentum. The defensive line swarmed into the Maryland backfield and held them to negative 3 yards of offense in the fourth quarter. Lower Dauphin kicker Joe Julius, who erased a disastrous start, nailed a 29-yard field goal that forged a 24-all battle with 1:19 left in regulation. In the first overtime, Julius went wide left on a 42-yard field goal attempt, but the Pennsylvania defense had his back. Patrick Amara intercepted Maryland quarterback Jalen Jones near the goal line to send the game to another overtime period. Maryland had the ball first in double OT and on the first play; Antwaine Carter dropped a 25-yard pass right into the arms of Reggie White Jr. for a touchdown. Starting at the 25-yard line, Pennsylvania moved the ball 13 yards on two plays. But on the next one, Mark Pyles was intercepted by Rasheed Gillis at the 2-yard line to send Maryland home on top. Maryland vs. PennsylvaniaJune 15, 2013 nHersheyPark StadiumAntonio Freeman2013 Honorary Chairman
This one was a show for the ages. Pennsylvania’s recent troubles in the Big 33 Classic faded away once Clairton’s dynamic Tyler Boyd returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. And that was only the beginning. The Pitt-bound Boyd guaranteed himself a special place in Big 33 history, scoring four times and throwing for a fifth touchdown as Pennsylvania routed Maryland 58-27. The 56th edition of the classic marked the return of Maryland to the series after a 20-year hiatus. The Keystone state had dropped four straight games to Ohio entering this one. But thanks to Boyd and his high school teammate Titus Howard, Pennsylvania took a lightning fast 21-0 lead and never looked back. Boyd hauled in the first of two TD catches from North Allegheny’s Mack Leftwich, a diving 16-yard grab: 35 into the game. Shortly after, Howard picked off a pass and cruised 40 yards for another score with just 1:20 off the clock. Maryland battled back and briefly pulled within 10 points on the strength of quarterback Shane Cockerille of Gilman High School. Cockerille, named the Most Valuable Player for Maryland, threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, all in less than a six-minute span of the second quarter, to cut the deficit to 30-20. But Pennsylvania MVP Boyd answered quickly, hitting Bishop McDevitt’s Brian Lemelle in stride on a 68-yard halfback option pass to make it 37-20 at halftime. The teams traded scores in the third quarter, before Boyd ended all doubt, scoring on a quick 5-yard strike from Leftwich to make it 51-27 late in the third quarter. Boyd amassed 310 all-purpose yards. Leftwich threw three touchdowns in the game, the final going to Coatesville wide receiver Chris Jones, who caught a pair of TDs. The University of Maryland-bound Cockerille led all passers, completing 13 of 28 for 247 yards.
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