County spreads the wealth in win

December 03, 1998|By JACK HILL III

HALFWAY - The point of an all-star game is to show off the best talent your side had during the regular season.

Wednesday night, the County All-Stars showed a lot during the Washington County Junior Football League Graduation Game.

Six different players scored touchdowns for County as it beat the City All-Stars 40-14 at Marty Snook Memorial Park.

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"The kids just played well," County coach Todd Ruppenthal said. "We just had a lot of speed. Speed basically won the game. We had so much backfield talent and our linemen did a good job of blocking. We could give the ball to a lot of people that were capable of scoring."

The County All-Stars produced a very effective ground game, gaining 342 rushing yards on only 36 carries - an average of 9.5 yards per carry.


Patrick Young got County on the scoreboard midway through the first quarter with a 38-yard touchdown run along the left sideline.

At the beginning of the second quarter, Nathan Himes scored on a 26-yard touchdown to the right side. Curtis Ray then caught the conversion pass from Brian Spickler to give County a 14-0 lead.

A couple of minutes later, Dustin Sier dashed for a 44-yard touchdown run along the right sideline and Ricky Snow kicked the extra point to increase the County advantage to 21-0.

With just 1:22 remaining in the first half, Corey Brown charged through the middle for a 57-yard touchdown run and Snow added the extra point for a 28-0 halftime lead.

But the City All-Stars refused to quit. Brandon Monroe had a 1-yard touchdown run and fired a 67-yard touchdown pass to Michael Campbell to reduce the deficit to 28-14.

But that would be as close as they would get.

Brian Spickler had a 1-yard touchdown run and Ronnie Gaither threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Engelman to close out the scoring for the County All-Stars.

"Even though we got down early, we kept our heads up," City coach Steve Fravel said. "We came back and scored two touchdowns. Our kids never gave up."

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