LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa – Jared Johns certainly made the most of his final chance to play high school game.
The McCaskey senior quarterback was part of four touchdowns as he guided the South squad to a 40-6 thumping of the North in the 6th Annual Tri-County All-Star game Saturday night at Manheim Central High School.
Johns threw three TD passes and ran for another in the first half alone as he went on to rack up 116 total yards. For good measure, he also caught a pass and was the holder of six PAT attempts by fellow Tornado Joe Bunting.
“We had a lot of fun,” said Johns, who will attend Albright College in the fall.
“We worked as a team and played football. Rosters don’t tell everything, but the guys just came out here prepared and did what we had to do.”
Johns’ 20-yard touchdown run opened the scoring on the South’s first possession.
Later in the opening quarter, Johns hooked up with Conestoga Valley’s Ty Bynum for an 18-yard TD, making it 14-0.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Bynum. “We worked hard for two weeks and built a family. I thought we were good. I knew we had speed and they would have to cover that. We took advantage of that.”
Bynum, who is headed to Milford Academy in the fall, hauled in four passes for 147 yards.
The Johns-to-Bynum connection was the first of three straight South drives that ended with touchdowns.
Johns found Damar LaRue, his favorite target from McCaskey, in the end zone on a fourth-and-6 from the North 9 to extend the lead to 21-0.
In the closing minute of the half, Johns hit Tyler Beiler, also from CV, for a 15-yard TD. A low snap on the PAT, kept the score 27-0 at halftime.
“The South did a nice job,” said North coach Bruce Harbach (Lancaster Catholic). “It was simple. Try to beat us deep and they beat us deep.”
Especially in the second half when CV quarterback Matt Zigment delivered two long TD aerials.
The first was a 57-yarder to Bynum and the second was a 51-yard strike to LaRue.
“I think our kids came out ready to play a football game,” said South coach Bob Forgrave, the former Penn Manor coach now headed to Hempfield.
“The kids went out and executed. It was neat to see it all come together.”
The South offense rolled up 319 total yards, including 220 through the air.
Defensively, the South sacked North quarterbacks Nick Downey and Clay Failor nine times. The North offense was held to minus-29 yards rushing and 186 yards passing.
The North managed to get on the board on the game’s final play when Downey hit Lancaster Cahtolic teammate Matt Balasavage for a six-yard touchdown as time expired.
After four straight wins, the South has now taken two in a row from the North.
By JOEL SCHREINER, Correspondent