North's aerial assault attacks South, 30-10
The North offense did exactly that, scoring via touchdown passes on all three of its first-half possessions to cruise to a 30-10 victory as ADPRO Sports presented the Kensington Lions Club's 34th annual All-Star High School Football Classic last Wednesday at North Tonawanda High School.
It was North's third consecutive victory after South won from 2000 to 2002 and 2004 to 2006. South still leads the all-time series, 19-15.
"We had the utility guys — we had the No. 1 and No. 2 receivers in Western New York (Alex Neutz and Dae'Shaune Clark)," said Clark (Williamsville South). "All we had to do was spread the ball."
North quarterback Casey Kacz (Sweet Home), who won a Class A state championship last fall, was sharp, completing 8-of-12 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
On Kacz's first TD throw, he scrambled to his right and found Neutz (Grand Island), who hauled in a highlight-reel pass with his right hand in the back of the end zone to cap off a 10-play, South down. It was a team effort."
"They had a really good offense," said South's Nick Bonacquisti (Orchard Park). "I don't know if we were ready for it. Our offense stalled a little bit too. We just didn't play well as a team. You can't really point at one person. It was a group effort. They just wanted it more."
"They (North) made plays and we didn't," added South coach Steve Griffin (Maryvale). "It wasn't a lack of effort."
North took advantage of two South second half miscues to cap off its scoring.
South punter Dan Imfield (Southwestern) could not get a punt off, giving North great field position and leading to a 29-yard field goal by Scibilia with 5:22 left in the third quarter.
On South's next series, North lineman Jerome Fields (Williamsville North) hit South QB Scott Drosendahl (East Aurora) to force a fumble which James Skura (Clarence) recovered. A few plays later, Eddie Weiser (Grand Island) scored from eight 85-yard drive and put North ahead, 7-0, with 10:29 remaining in the first quarter.
"I put it in the back of the end zone where only he could catch it and, luckily, he's a good athlete and he went up and got it," said Kacz.
Two series later, Kacz found Mike Doherty (Kenmore East) on a 15-yard slant on a fourth-and-4 play to increase North's lead to 20-7 with 5:32 remaining in the first half.
North's second TD also came through the air as Joseph Scibilia (Starpoint) connected with Clark on a 40-yard TD bomb. Scibilia finished the game 4-of-6 for 75 yards. The snap on the extra point attempt was bobbled and an attempted pass fell incomplete.
"We had the weapons throwing the football in the beginning with Alex (Neutz) and (Mike) Doherty and Dae'Shaune (Clark)," said North assistant coach Tom Goddard (Clarence). "When you have those types of weapons on the field, it's great. The two quarterbacks put the ball where it needed to be and the defense shut the yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter.
"They were always flying around, hitting hard," said South's Brad Barth (Depew). "That's a great defense. They couldn't have put a better team together. They were good."
"I take a lot of pride in that (holding the South offense to 10 points)," said Shaquille Dudley (Cardinal O'Hara). "All the athletes they have are good football players. In an all-star game, 10 points is pretty low. It feels great."
South's only touchdown came on a 4-yard run by Brooks Estarfaa (Maryvale) with 10:46 remaining in the first quarter.
"I had good blocking from the offensive line and got up field and into the end zone," said Estarfaa.
Len Pfohl (St. Mary's of Lancaster) added a 27-yard field goal at the end of the first half.
The North offense finished with 221 passing yards and 111 rushing yards for 332 total yards.
Weiser rushed four times for 45 yards to lead all North rushers. Neutz caught three passes for 75 yards and Doherty added three catches for 43 yards to lead all North receivers.
Bert Smith (Amherst) added four rushes for 11 yards and one reception for five yards. Skura had one reception for 27 yards. Sean Nowak (Williamsville North) caught one pass for 16 yards and rushed once for three yards.
The South offense fared better than the North on the ground, chewing up 159 yards. They only passed for 86 yards.
Estarfaa was responsible for a chunk of the South rushing attack, finishing with 65 yards on 12 carries. Barth (Depew) added four carries for 19 yards and one reception for seven yards. Andy Pangallo (West Seneca East) added nine yards rushing.
Drosendahl completed 6-of-13 passes for 101 yards and added 19 rushing yards. Rahkeem Wiggins (Cleveland Hill) completed 2-of-4 passes for 13 yards and rushed seven times for 33 yards. Estarfaa caught two passes for 51 yards. Matt Speyer (Lancaster) added two catches for 26 yards.
Jack Vogel (Clarence) led the North defense with 10 assisted tackles and one unassisted tackle. Dudley (Cardinal O'Hara) recorded two sacks and three assisted and three unassisted tackles. Tim Hershey (Kenmore West) added eight assisted tackles and three unassisted tackles.
Jeff Moore (St. Joe's) recorded a sack, two assisted tackles and three tackles. Yahs Williams (Williamsville South) added six assisted tackles and a sack. Fields added two assisted tackles and three unassisted tackles to go with his forced fumble.
Others from the Bee coverage area who contributed for the North squad were: Keith Vogel (Clarence), four assisted tackles; Smith, assisted tackle; Skura, assisted and unassisted tackle and fumble recovery; Moe Bailey (Kenmore West), two assisted tackles and unassisted tackle; and Dominic Fraterrigo (Kenmore East), one assisted tackle.
The South defense was led by Blair Bell (Cheektowaga) with five assisted tackles, three assisted tackles, and one sack.
Others from the Bee coverage area who contributed for the South squad were: Boomer Brock (Iroquois), four assisted tackles; Philip Bossman (East Aurora), two assisted tackles, unassisted tackle; Joshua Klyczek (John F. Kennedy), two unassisted tackles; Andy Breen (West Seneca East), two assisted tackles, unassisted tackle; Billy Desiderio (Iroquois), assisted tackle; Kevin Kieliszek (Lancaster), unassisted tackle; Jon Heisler (Maryvale), assisted tackle, two unassisted tackles; Curtis Hairston (Cleveland Hill), three assisted tackles, three unassisted tackles; Mark Biersbach (Depew), assisted tackle; Nate Longbine (Orchard Park), three assisted tackles; and Joe Lamarca (West Seneca West), assisted tackle.
Others from the Bee coverage area who participated were: Ryan Wilson and Steve Phillips (Sweet Home) for the North, and Jamie Quigley (Maryvale) and Justin Mesi (Orchard Park) for the South.