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Teague, Ohio win Big 33 game

The Associated Press

HERSHEY, Pa. — Akise Teague was tagged as Mr. Ohio Football, and Saturday night a team of Pennsylvania high school all-stars found out why in the 54th version of the Big 33 Classic.

Teague rushed for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to get a squad of top Ohio prep prospects rolling on the way to a convincing 50-14 win over Pennsylvania at Hersheypark Stadium.

A University of Cincinnati recruit from Youngstown, Teague also caught a 40-yard touchdown pass to open the third quarter that made it 35-7. He finished with 168 total yards on 10 touches and was the MVP for Ohio.

The 50 points scored by Ohio was the most scored against Pennsylvania in the Big 33 series. Ohio extended its winning streak in the series to three.

Pennsylvania struggled offensively, needing nearly 18 minutes to register a first down. Pennsylvania totaled minus-8 yards rushing and 253 total yards, while Ohio rolled up 432 total yards.

Behind Teague’s two early rushing TDs covering 52 and 20 yards, Ohio broke out to a 14-0 lead. Pennsylvania sliced the deficit in half on Sean Barowski’s 5-yard plunge midway through the second quarter.

But two plays later Ohio restored its two-touchdown lead when a couple of Ohio State recruits, quarterback Cardale Jones and wide receiver Devin Smith, hooked up for a 54-yard scoring strike.

Ohio pushed its cushion to 21 points at halftime when another Buckeyes recruit, Doran Grant, returned an interception of Pennsylvania quarterback Jalen Fitzpatrick for a Big 33 record 101 yards.

Receiver Quinton Sullivan led Pennsylvania with 118 yards and a 22-yard touchdown on six catches.