The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

High School Sports

June 21, 2009

South strikes early in Lantzy victory

The South made a statement 18 seconds into the 39th Ken Lantzy Finest 40 all-star football game at Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.

Not even a minute later, the Rebels put an exclamation point on that statement with another score.

Even after the North made it a game late in the opening half, the South regained its composure and dominated in a 50-38 victory on Saturday night.

With the victory in the 3 hour, 20-minute marathon, the South extended its Lantzy winning streak to four consecutive games and six of the past seven. Overall, the Rebels hold a 23-16 all-time advantage in the series.

South quarterback Cory Kaltenbaugh of North Star tossed a short pass to Tim Ripple near the sideline, and the Richland receiver dashed

82 yards for a touchdown only 18 seconds into the game.

Ligonier’s Matt Beckman booted the extra-point giving the South a 7-0 lead after what might have been the fastest score to open a Lantzy game.

The South’s Patrick Hall of Laurel Valley intercepted the next play from scrimmage, putting his team on the North’s 20-yard line.

Three plays later, Kalten-baugh found his Cougars teammate Luke Zellem for a

13-yard touchdown pass only

1 minute, 13 seconds into the game.

South defensive end Brett Hankinson of Berlin stopped North back Scott Mehall on a fourth-and-short run that set up another scoring drive, this one capped by Bishop McCort back Eric Lowry’s 12-yard run that made it 21-0.

Northern Cambria’s Andrew Paronish got the North on the board with a 17-yard run that was followed by Marion Center’s Alex Patterson’s extra point.

Lantzy rules permit a team down by double digits to receive the kickoff after scoring a touchdown. The North took the ball again and drove 63 yards to a score on Blairsville quarterback Justin McGinnis’ 1-yard sneak.

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