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2011-08-04 / Local News

South wins Lions All-Star Football Classic

Maryvale graduate Bilal Clay scores rushing TD for victors
by PATRICK J. NAGY
Reporter


Maryvale graduate Bilal Clay, second from right, braces for the impending impact after crossing the goal line to score the South’s second touchdown in its 28-20 victory over the North in last Wednesday’s 36th annual Kensington Lions Club All-Star High School Football Classic, presented by ADPRO Sports and held at Depew High School. Clay finished the game with 32 yards on 10 carries. 
Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Maryvale graduate Bilal Clay, second from right, braces for the impending impact after crossing the goal line to score the South’s second touchdown in its 28-20 victory over the North in last Wednesday’s 36th annual Kensington Lions Club All-Star High School Football Classic, presented by ADPRO Sports and held at Depew High School. Clay finished the game with 32 yards on 10 carries. Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The North forced more turnovers than the South at the 36th annual Kensington Lions Club All-Star High School Football Classic, presented by ADPRO Sports, but it did not result in a victory.

Despite the North causing three South turnovers, the South took advantage of two second-half North miscues to pick up a 28-20 win on Wednesday, July 27 at Depew High School’s Frank Constantino Sports Complex. South leads the all-time series, 21-15.

South extended a 14-0 halftime lead a minute into the third quarter to 20-0 when an interception by South Defensive MVP Travis Pitzonka (Lancaster) set up a 13-yard halfback option pass touchdown from Christian Smith (Lackawanna) to Anthony Emmanuele (Depew). Smith and Emmanuele executed the same play for a 29-yard hookup in the second quarter for the game’s first points.

Emmanuele caught three receptions for 50 yards and earned South Offensive MVP honors.

“We had six or seven QBs on this team,” South assistant coach Dave Hersey (St. Mary’s of Lancaster) said. “All week we had worked on that. That wasn’t just something we pulled out. We worked on the halfback pass. They were flowing so hard to our sweeps and jets. We figured we’d hide it and then step up and throw it. Both times Anthony was wide open. It’s great to see that stuff work.”

An interception in the fourth quarter by South defensive back Shane Smith (Fredonia) led to an eight-play, 52-yard South drive capped off by a 15-yard rushing score by Christian Smith. South faked the extra point and Tyler Stoldt (Alden) ran in the two-point conversion.

Bilal Clay (Maryvale) scored a 1-yard rushing TD on the last play of the first half, followed by a two-point conversion from Stoldt to Dakota Peel (Alden), for South’s other points.

The North team had plenty of chances to turn the game in their favor.

North defenders Kyril Threats (Canisius) and Kyle Luchey (Sweet Home) recovered South fumbles in the first quarter, giving North possession at the South 33 and 15, but the North offense could not score on either opportunity. North tried a little trickery in the first quarter but punter Tony LaMancusa’s (St. Joe’s) fake punt attempt was thwarted by South’s Chad Griffin (St. Mary’s of Lancaster). “In the first quarter, they did not cross the 50-yard line and we had three chances to score and we missed them all,” North assistant coach John Faller (Sweet Home) said. “That was how it went the rest of the night. We came out in the second half, made a mistake and they scored. We scratched back into the game but it was missed opportunities. They beat us on a halfback option pass twice and we gave up a fourth down and long on a

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