CANFIELD – Ohio (WYTV) – The Trumbull Team used an opportunistic offense and a stingy defense to score 14 unanswered points in the second quarter to capture the 32nd annual Jack Arvin Classic all-star football game Thursday night at Canfield High School Cardinal Stadium. Brookfield’s receiver Kasey Tingler and Lakeview’s quarterback Angelo Marino provided the offensive spark as they connected twice for the Trumbull’s two second quarter scores.
“This was a big opportunity playing with these guys, the best in Trumbull County the best in Mahoning County,” Tingler said. “It was nice.”
For his effort, two receptions for 18-yards and two touchdowns, plus two extra points, Tingler was named the Trumbull Team ‘player of the game’. Something he wasn’t expecting, “No I wasn’t expecting that. But everything was working out well, I caught a couple balls, made a couple kicks. Luckily we won by a point. But it’s just the memory of these guys that’s what I’m going to carry the most, not the MVP award.”
After the Mahoning Team jumped out to a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter, it was Marino and Tingler that seemed to give the Trumbull squad a spark. They would drive 52-yards on 8 plays with Marino hitting Tingler on a post route in the end zone with 3:19 left in the first half.
Following a Kaylon Davis (Liberty) interception of Mahoning’s quarterback Mike Assion (Jackson-Milton) at the Mahoning 20-yard line, the Trumbull squad wasted little time in capitalizing again. This time Marino would scramble to his left and find Tingler in the right corner on the end zone on a 6-yard strike. With Tingler’s extra point conversion he provided the game-winning point with just 9-second remaining in the half.
“I looked at Angelo and he looked at me and we just have this connection,” Tingler explained. “I played with him and I never played against him, but we just had this connection and everything worked out well.”
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In the second half the Mahoning squad tried to mount one last effort to win the game as they drove to the Trumbull 40-yard line with 4:13 remaining in the contest. But faced with a fourth and three situation, Mahoning coach Mark Assion decided to go for the first down rather than punt.
They attempted a reverse with Crestview’s Spencer Desalvo coming around right end and attempting a pass off of the reverse. Unfortunately for the Mahoning Team the pass was thrown to the outside while the receiver cut inside, turning the ball back over to the Trumbull team.
“Since I played a little quarterback in high school they thought that they would run option run way and get them thinking that we were going left and then pitch back to me going right and try to hit someone going down field,” DeSalvo explained. “My bad on that because I should have taken off running, but I didn’t think about it. If I could go I would just take off and run and pick up the first down.”
“We haven’t grown up together, not knowing what each other are thinking so a little bit of miscommunication between me and him (receiver). Still it was a good effort and we came up a little short on that,” DeSalvo added.
Pittsburgh signee and Hubbard stand out player George Hill remarked about his last high school game, “It meant a lot to get to play with my friends for the last time, and gat to play against some of my other friends that I have playing with since little league. So we all had a good time.”
“I played defense this time because I wanted to try not to risk any injuries, you can get injured on defense but it’s less likely. Everything was intense, everybody was physical, but that how I like to play and it was fun,” Hill added.
Mahoning scored on their first possession of the game when Assion hit Breyshon Lott (Mooney) on a 27-yard touchdown pass on a fourth and 15 situation at the 4:54 mark of the first quarter. Lowellville’s Jake Maszczak added the extra point to put them up 7-0.
They would add to their advantage with 8:55 left in the second quarter when Mooney’s David McDowell plunged into the end zone from 1-yard out to give them a 13-0 lead. The touchdown was set up by a tremendous catch by Struthers Dakota Senvisky at the one. Mahoning however, would go for a two-point conversion after the score but McDowell was stopped short of the goal. That defensive stop would eventually be the difference in the game.
Mike Assion would take home the Mahoning Team ‘player of the game’ award for his 5 of 11 passing for 86 yards and a touchdown in the game.