(Updated) Gold wins all-star football game at Perrysburg (7-19-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2013 22:56
Toledo Start's Matthew Mangum (right) tackles Bowling Green's Andrew Dennis as he runs the ball during Friday night's All-Star football game at Perrysburg Jr. High. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG — Andrew Dennis and Skylar Dierker enjoyed their week at the 23rd annual Northwest Ohio Regional All-Star Football Game.
The recent graduates  of Bowling Green and Eastwood, respectively, made their weeks even nicer Friday night.
They helped their Gold team to a 21-8 win over the Black at Steinecker Stadium.
Dennis, a quarterback, led the Gold to two of its three touchdowns.
Dierker played in the secondary for the Gold defense which allowed just 118 yards and came up with four turnovers, including three interceptions.
“The whole week was a lot of fun,” Dennis said. “The coaches were laid back and the guys on the team were great. Being an all-star game, this is about about having fun and we did that all week long."
“We had a lot of fun,” Dierker said. “It was a great week, a great way to end my career. You always want to win being a competitor, but it’s all about fun and making new friends.”
The Gold scored all of its points after the Black took an 8-0 lead with 5:13 remaining in the first quarter.
Jovan Palin of Southview scored for the Black on a 4-yard run, and a pass from David Yunker of Napoleon to Elijah Bogosian of Bryan was good for the two extra points.
But the Gold closed to within a point just 4:11 later.
The Gold drove 68 yards in nine plays, culminating in a 7-yard touchdown run by Maumee’s Andrew Schultz on a fourth-and-goal play.
Dennis had scrambled to his left for 23 yards to give the Gold a first down at the 8-yard line.
The Gold went ahead for good at 14-8 on a 10-yard pass from Josh Winzeler of Toledo Christian to Cyrron Barringer of Toledo Waite with 7:40 to play in the first half. The TD came just two plays after the Gold recovered a fumble at the Black 9.
Lake's Christopher Salaz (left) and teammate Devin Thomas (right) tackle Waite's Cyrron Barringer as he crosses into the endzone during Friday night's All-Star football game at Perrysburg Jr. High.
Dennis gave the Gold a 21-8 lead with 5:04 to play in the half when he scored on a 1-yard sneak. The TD was set up by an interception.
“We were able to make plays and get some points,” Dennis said. “That was kind of surprising because all-star games usually are low scoring. You don’t have a lot of time to work on your execution and timing.
“Our running game really opened things up and the offensive line did a great job.”
The Black held a 118-33 edge in total yards, but the Black threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.
“You don’t want to give up a lot of big plays and we didn’t,” Dierker said. “We just tried to be in the right position and we tried to make some big plays. We brought a lot of pressure and the defensive line did a great job.”
Like most all-star games, the execution wasn’t sharp since the players haven’t played football since the end of last season. The only practices were in the week leading up to the game.
The teams combined for six turnovers and 12 penalties. The yardage totals for both teams were hurt by the number of lost yards on sacks and bad snaps.
The defenses had a big advantage as they were allowed to blitz and both teams brought heavy pressure.
“The execution isn’t going to be great in a game like this, but you do the best you can and hope the defense comes through, too,” Dennis said. “Our defense was great.”
The game was played in hot and humid conditions, although the night became much more bearable once the sun went down. A light wind also helped ease the stress of the weather.
The game ended because of lightning with 2:57 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t even notice the weather. We’re football players,” said Dennis, who will play collegiately at Ohio Wesleyan.
Dennis  hasn’t decided on a major. His grade-point average is 3.5.
“The weather didn’t bother us at all,” Dierker said.
Dierker will attend Ohio State University and major in aerospace engineering. He’ll also join the Naval ROTC program from which he has earned a scholarship. He has a 4.22 gpa.
The most valuable players in the game were Toledo Start’s Matthew Mangum for the Black and Delta’s Brenden Knopp for the Gold.

BLACK    8    0    0    0    — 8
GOLD    7    14    0    0    —21
B — Palin, 4 run (Bogosian pass from Yunker)
G — Schultz, 7 run (McClaren kick)
G — Barringer, 10 pass from Winzeler (Dennis kick)
G — Dennis, 1 run (McClaren kick)

Category    B    G
First downs    9    4
Total net yards    118    33
Rushing    -19    -25
Passing    137    58    
Attempts    33    16
Completions    13    8
Interceptions    3    0
Punts/average    4/37.6    6/40.7
Penalties/yards    5/32    7/65
Fumbles/lost    4/1    2/2
RUSHING: (B) Mobus, 4-34; Palin, 3-12; Brossia, 1-9; Yunker, 1-(minus-8); Guilford, 11-(minus-45); Powers, 2-(minus 21). (G) Schultz, 11-30; Dennis, 7-(minus-12); Winzeler, 1-(minus-14); Jones, 4-(minus-33); Barringer, 1-4.
PASSING: (B) Yunker, 6-19-3—57; Guilford, 7-14-0—80. (G) Dennis, 5-8-0—28; Winzeler, 2-4-0—27; Jones, 1-4-0—3.
RECEIVING: (B) Gonzales, 3-34; Bogosian, 1-25; Mobus, 2-18; Stewart, 4-43; Miller, 2-5; Guilford, 1-12. (G) Barringer, 4-29; McCann, 2-3; Smith, 1-17; Jones, 1-9.
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