Wildcats’ Breckin Rex Solid Contributor In North’s 44-34 Lezzer Game Victory; Also A Scholarship Recipient
(Team and Player of the Game images courtesy of Pennsylvania Football News (PFN); all others courtesy of the Rex’s – Above: Breckin [just over Head Coach Tim Janocko’s [holding trophy] left shoulder and North Squad teammates celebrate] )
Central Clarion’s Breckin Rex made a strong contribution for the North Squad’s 44-34 victory on Sunday, June 28th in the 38th Annual Central Pennsylvania Football Coaches’ Association (CPFCA) – Lezzer Lumber Football Classic, played at Philipsburg-Osceola’s Mountaineer Stadium, in Philipsburg.
This prestigious game features players from CPFCA member schools and programs, from all classifications. They have over thirty schools ranging from large schools the size of Altoona and State College to smaller programs such as Central Clarion (Clarion, North Clarion and Clarion-Limestone) and covers an area from Brockway to the north, Central Clarion to the west, east of State College and below Altoona to the south.
The North has now won the last five games and now holds a 20 -17 edge (no game played in 2020 due to Covid), in this prestigious game which features players from CPFCA member schools.
Breckin (5-10, 170 pound) played linebacker on defense and also played on special teams. running back and linebacker and unofficially had roughly a half dozen tackles or more.
Breckin was also one of the North’s seven scholarship recipients, winning the J. Gawen Stoker Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship carries a $500 dollar educational award.
Breckin was joined on the North Squad by several other District Nine League players. There were three from Brockway, Jaylen Kosko, Garrett Faust and Peyton Maurer and from four from DuBois – Justin Bankovich, Brycen Dinkfelt, Tate Lindermuth and Christian Kirk (listed on the North Roster). (Although they didn’t participate, several Brookville players were selected also.)
Clearfield’s Tim Janocko was the Head Coach for the North.
The South led 7-0 in the first quarter on a nineteen yard touchdown pass from Juniata’s (Mifflintown) Jacob Condo, the South’s Offensive Player of the Game, to Juniata Valley’s (Alexandria) player Jake Johnson, at 2:12. Another Juniata Valley player Bryant Allison kicked the extra point.
The South added to their lead at 11:47 of the second quarter when Parker Gregg, who was named South Defensive Player of the Game, returned an interception for a forty-two yard touchdown and Allison’s kick. South 14 – North 0.
The North got on the scoreboard at 10:41, when Glendale’s Suds Dubler hit Clearfield’s Karson Kline with a fifty-five yard scoring pass, with Curwensville’s Jake Mullen adding an extended kick (worth 2 points), cutting the South’s lead to 14-8. Dubler, who was named the North’s Offensive Player of the Game, followed that with a thirty-eight yard run to pay dirt at 7:59. Mullins followed with another extended kick and the North now led 16-14.
Gregg carried the ball in from four yards out at 3:11, but the (two point conversion run failed) to give the lead back to the South, 20-14.
The North scored twice more in the half, with Dubler hitting Kline with scoring passes of nine yards at 1:10 and eight yards at :49.4, with Mullens successful on extended kicks after both.
In all, the North outscored the South 32-13 in the second, to take a 32-20 lead into halftime.
A forty-one yard run by Dubler was the only scoring in the third. The kick was unsuccessful. The North was up 38-20 heading to the final stanza.
Gregg scored on a one yard run for the South, at 8:58, in the fourth. Condo hit Allison with a pass for the two-point conversion and the North’s lead was cut to 38-28. Gregg caught a twenty-nine yard pass from Juniata Valley’s Lambert Palmer for the South’s last score at 6:18. The two-point conversion failed, and the North now led 38-34.
Dubler hooked up with Clearfield’s Nate Natoli on a thirty-two yard touchdown pass at 1:08 (kick failed), setting the 44-34 final.
Clearfield’s Hayden Kovalick was the North Defensive Player of the Game.
The South Head Coach was Nick Lovrich from Bellwood-Antis.
The overall stats for the game were really close. The North had 12 first downs to 11 for the South and led in total yardage 343-331. The North had the rushing edge with 154 yards to the South’s 101. The South led in passing yardage 230-189.
(Congratulations to Breckin and his North teammates and Coaches on the win and to all the players from both teams!!!! Thanks to the Rex’s and Pennsylvania Football News for their images!!)