Bryan Divido will forever be remembered in Erie Lions Club Save-An-Eye All-Star Game history thanks to his two interception returns during Friday night’s game at Veterans Stadium.
Divido was vital to the County’s 21-14 victory over the City. The Girard graduate became the first player in the series’ 76 games to accomplish that feat, according to the “75 Save-An-Eye Games” book.
After returning a Josh Wells interception 38 yards for a third-quarter score, Divido picked off an errant pass by Chris Starocci for a 74-yard return midway through the fourth. That return was the difference in the County’s first Save-An-Eye victory since 2008.
Wesleyville graduate Paul Barone was the first player to record an interception return in a Save-An-Eye Game. Barone’s 40-yard return for the East was part of their 25-0 shutout of the West on Nov. 27, 1943.
The Save-An-Eye Game switched to its current City-County format in 1952.
— Mike Copper
The County still trails the City 44-17-2 despite its latest victory. They now have the chance to win consecutive Save-An-Eye Games for the first time since 1983-84.
The 1983 saw the County win 7-0. They game’s lone touchdown was set up by their recovery of the ball at the City’s 7-yard line after an errant snap on a City punt attempt.
Fort LeBoeuf graduate Pat Herr ran into the end zone on the ensuing play from scrimmage.
The County’s ensuing 30-12 victory was much more decisive. Harbor Creek graduate Greg Mitchell caught touchdown passes from quarterbacks Matt McKinley (Fairview) and Chris Blakeslee (North East), who combined for 245 yards through the air.
Mark Arneman reported that Dave Anreman, his father, was a game official for the 76th Save-An-Eye Game. It happened to be held on the latter’s 76th birthday.
Dave Arneman has been a PIAA football official for more than 30 years.