The 76th annual Save-An-Eye Game was a memorable one Friday night at Veterans Stadium. The County beat the City 21-14, thanks in large part to the efforts of several Girard players. Check out a Save-An-Eye photo gallery and a Street View Fan Cam photo gallery.
– One of the standouts for the City was Strong Vincent quarterback Chris Starocci. He attempted just five passes in the game, but he completed two, and both went for touchdowns. Starocci threw a 37-yard TD pass to former Vincent teammate Dajhere Pacley in the second quarter. He then connected with McDowell grad Jamie Szymczak on a 24-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. Starocci finished with 61 yards passing and 21 yards rushing.
– Corry’s Ryan Morris showed why he was an all-District 10 and all-state linebacker. He was all over the field, making a game-high 17 tackles, including 10 solo stops. No other defender hit double digits in tackles. He will play at Gannon this fall.
– The City’s leading tackler was McDowell linebacker Lucas Bailey. He had nine tackles (three solo) while helping the City limit the County to just 44 yards rushing. Cathedral Prep’s Jacob Murawski led the City with two tackles for losses among his three tackles. One was a sack for an 11-yard loss.
– East’s Eddie Williams had one of the City’s biggest highlights with a 52-yard kickoff return late in the second quarter. That set up the City’s first TD — Starocci’s 37-yard strike to Pacley. Williams also returned a punt 17 yards.
– Girard’s Bryan Divido finished with 144 return yards. In addition to his interception returns of 38 and 74 yards, he recovered a fumble and returned it 32 yards after a sack by Northwestern’s Brayden Wojtecki. Wojtecki had two of the County’s three sacks.
– Two players who were making comebacks from season-ending injuries in the fall experienced big moments Friday. Girard’s Brian McNally, who suffered a knee injury in 2013, led all receivers with four catches for 63 yards and opened the scoring with a 15-yard TD reception in the second quarter. He also intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards, had three tackles and broke up a pass.
Meanwhile, General McLane’s Michael Suminski, who suffered a broke leg last fall, caught a pass to score a two-point conversion in the second quarter.
– The game’s leading rusher was East’s Anthony Gates with 64 yards on just seven carries. The leading passer was Corry’s Nathaniel Smith with 70 yards on 5-of-12 completions. He was the only County quarterback to attempt a pass.
– McDowell kicker Ethan Stark showed off his big leg with three kickoffs for an average of 61.3 yards, including two touchbacks. He also punted twice for an average of 32 yards and kicked two extra points. Stark will kick for Albany in the fall.