West, lightning beats East
FOSTORIA – By the time the real lightning showed up, it had been overshadowed by the West.
Paul Cosiano threw two long touchdown passes to Findlay teammate Joseph Davidson, capped an 8-yard drive with a 3-yard plunge and two West defenders returned interceptions for scores in a lightning-shortened 42-0 Fostoria Athletic Boosters All-Star win over the East.
“We knew we had some good football players, and (we had) to do some easy things to get them the football, not real complicated,” West coach Mark Ritzler of Findlay said. “You don’t have time with three practices to do things real complicated. Things just kind of snowballed.”
His Findlay players certainly helped.
Cosiano found Davidson wide open deep across the middle on the game’s third play for a 77-yard TD strike.
The quarterback plowed in from 3 yards out just 50 seconds later – the East fumbled away the ball on its first snap – and the second of Findlay teammate Vance Settlemire’s conversion runs put the West up 16-0 at the 9:23 mark.
Arlington’s Kyle Bormuth returned an interception 35 yards later in the period to push the lead to 22-0.
“We had great players, like both teams had, and you can’t give a team that has those kind of players any kind of momentum,” East coach Todd Fox of Calvert said. “We just didn’t recover and had too many mistakes.
“But it was a fun time, a great group of guys; we just couldn’t get going,” he said.
But the West could.
Cosiano found Davidson with an easy-to-catch 39-yard jumpball TD early in the second quarter, McComb’s Jerry Brown scooted 16 yards for a score at the 5:10 mark and Van Buren’s Matt Devore closed out the half by returning an interception 64 yards to the end zone as time expired.
Cosiano went 7 for 9 for 154 yards, with Davidson hauling in three passes for 123 yards.
“Just playing the last three years, four years with Joseph, obviously we have a good chemistry with each other. We read each other well, we know where each other’s going to be and we just react accordingly,” said Cosiano, who was also named the West’s MVP.
“It’s definitely special,” he said of the award. “This is my last time putting on the pads, so it means lot to me and I’m happy to represent Findlay and the West All-Star team.”
The lightning made sure his last time in uniform was brief.
The flashes came shortly before the second half was scheduled to begin and
continued even after officials and coaches decided to call the game.
Brown (5-67) and Settlmire (5-56) combined for 10 carries and 123 yards.
The East managed just 120 yards of offense, which included minus-3 yards rushing.
Hopewell-Loudon’s Alec Gregg went 6 for 13 passing for 98 yards for the East, but he threw two of the team’s four interceptions.
Norwalk’s Damius Peacock was named the East’s MVP after catching three passes for 67 yards.