Penn Staters Shine in East-West Game
Graham Zug.
Graham Zug.
FOS Contributor
Posted Jun 25, 2006

ALTOONA, Pa. — A pair of future Penn Staters played key roles in the East's 20-14 defeat of the West in the sixth annual Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East West All-Star Game before an estimated 2,500 fans on Saturday night at Mansion Park here.

Pottsgrove's Brent Carter ran the ball 18 times for a game-high 97 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that put the East ahead to stay. Meanwhile, Manheim Central's Graham Zug, a preferred walk-on, led the East with three receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown, picked off two passes and returned a punt 30 yards.

Another Lion invited walk-on, Jesse Alfreno of Grove City, played in the secondary for the West. Alfreno delivered a punishing hit on West Virginia-signee John Maddox in the end zone to break up a potential touchdown pass. Maddox had to be attended to after the play.

The 6-foot-2, 201-pound Carter had 64 yards on the ground by halftime, picking up most of it on runs between the tackles. He scored his touchdown on an option pitch with 4:19 left in the first half to break a 7-7 tie, making a nifty cutback on his way to the end zone.

Carter, who will be in University Park Sunday to enroll for the second summer session of classes at Penn State, was the only Penn State recruit in the game who will be on scholarship this fall. No other player in the game rushed for more than 48 yards.

"There was definitely a lot of competition out here, but it's good competition,'' Carter said. "Everybody wants to come out here, see what you can do and do your thing.''

The West had a 7-0 lead after one quarter before Zug got behind its defense for a 43-yard touchdown pass at 10:37 of the second quarter to tie the game. Both of the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Zug's interceptions came in the second half to help the East hold on for the win.

Zug said during the week that he'll be going to Penn State as a receiver and will be rooming with quarterback recruit Pat Devlin.

"I feel more comfortable on offense, because I know what I can do to get open,'' Zug said.

Devlin's coach at Downingtown East, Mike Matta, was one of the assistants for the East. Former Penn State receiver Terry Smith, now the coach at Gateway High School, was part of the West staff.


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