Gold wins McDonald’s All-Star Football Classic
Fans of all-star games expect a lot of offense. At last Thursday’s 48th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Game, there was a good bit of scoring, but most of it came from one side.
The Gold team, made up of players from Northampton County and Phillipsburg and Palisades High Schools, beat the Red Team (Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe counties) 35-7.
“It was a great experience, especially because I’m not going to be playing next year,” said Dangello, who is headed to Penn State to study finanance. “We did lose, but that’s not a big deal because I had so much fun the past week and a half. It was a little less pressure than their was in high school and I loved that about this. It was a really good way to end my high school career.”
Dangello was one of two Northwestern players on the Red team roster. Kicker/punter Hunter Miller also played in the game.
The Gold team hit on a few big pass plays, starting with a 71-yard strike from Javon Clements (Bethlehem Catholic) to Edie Olsen (Easton) for a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Alston Wolfe (Saucon Valley) put the Gold ahead 14-0 with a one-year touchdown run with 3:39 left in the first quarter. Easton’s Scott Poulson (6-for-7, 169 yards, 2 TD) hit Christian Drayton (Bethlehem Catholic) with a 7-yard touchdown strike for a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Wolfe became the third Gold quarterback to throw a touchdown pass when he hit Olsen with a 10-yard pass for a 27-0 lead with 7:14 left in the first half.
The Red team was on the doorstep twice in the first half, driving to the one-yard line and the 20-yard line on it’s final two possessions of the first half. Both drives ended with interceptions.
The Gold team tacked on another score when Poulson hit Eddie Hay (Bangor) with a 75-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.
The Red got on the board with 8:54 left in the game when Quidanie Vega (Dieruff) found Miguel Hernandez (Catasauqua) for a 66-yard touchdown pass.
The game allowed players from different schools to come together after spending years battling one another on the gridiron.
“I met some kids from the Colonial League and we became friends,” said Miller. “We knew we’d become friends here. We have to, to be good teammates.”
The real winners in the game were Ronald McDonald House Charities, which the game benefits. Players were all happy to play the game they love and help out a great cause.
“I can’t say there’s a better feeling,” said Dangello. “At the end of the day, there was a lot of talk on the field between the Red and the Gold, but it really doesn’t matter because this night is not about football. We’re here for a bigger cause.”