Elizabethtown High School senior quarterback Cole Patrick had 13 receiving options he could have thrown to over the course of Friday night’s 18th annual Tri-County All-Star football game.
By the end, he ended up connecting with a familiar face in E-town senior tight end Dylan Sweger, who was on the receiving end of three Patrick completions for 85 yards and a touchdown. The output contributed to a 49-7 victory for the North squad under the lights at Manheim Central.
Patrick finished 16-for-27 with 387 passing yards and five touchdowns to earn MVP honors for the North team. E-town’s Sweger, Cole Livingston and Alex Diahn combined for 8 receptions for 180 yards.
“It’s nice having him as a quarterback in this,” Sweger said afterward. “I know if he’s throwing me the ball I’m wide open. We have a nice connection.”
Patrick finished 16-for-27 with 387 passing yards and five touchdowns to earn MVP honors for the North team. While the South team had two quarterbacks in Wilson’s Anthony Futrick (7-for-14, 103 yards) and Donegal’s Dylan Martin (0-for-4), Patrick took all of the snaps for the North team. That came as a result of the North’s second QB, Cedar Crest’s Logan Horn, being unavailable due to sustaining a baseball injury earlier this spring.
“For the five practices we had or whatever we just made the most of it and trusted the process,” Patrick said.
Patrick’s performance Friday was much like that of his output last fall as one of the most prolific passing QBs in the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
And he got things started right away by finding Sweger on a 49-yard bomb on the North’s third play from scrimmage.
North d-lineman Riley Good (Hempfield) caused a fumble that was recovered by teammate Nick Stout (Cedar Crest) two plays into South’s next possession. And six plays later, Manheim Central running back Tyler Flick (5 carries, 10 yards, 2 TDs) punched in a one-yard plunge to push the North lead to 14-0.
South’s next possession ended in another turnover and three plays later Patrick found a different E-town teammate in Alex Diahn for a 48-yard scoring strike.
Patrick, who plans to attend West Chester University for academics, later pushed the lead to 35-0 on a 58-yard bomb to Isaac Perron (Manheim Central) midway through the second quarter.
North outgained the South, 441 to 174. South’s only score came in the second quarter on one-yard rushing score from Cocalico’s Garrett Longenecker, who earned the South’s MVP honor after tallying 50 total yards on five separate touches on the ground and through the air.
“The thing that was different here to me was going from Cocalico’s triple-option as the fullback to a spread ofense and a two-point stance getting pitches out of the backfield,” Longenecker said. “That was one of the tough parts was getting into that new role. I never played that before. I enjoyed it.”
Palmyra’s Sean Carter had two interceptions for the North defense. Manheim Central’s Will Rivers also had a notable performance with a 41-yard reception, a pair of pass breakups and a 34-yard kickoff return, all of this coming after taking home a fourth-place medal in the PIAA Class 3A long jump earlier in the day.
Annville-Cleona coach Matt Gingrich skippered the North squad in what was his first time as a head coach in the Tri-County game after twice previously serving as an assistant. Gingrich has had an eventful spring after serving as an assistant coach on the East squad in the PSFCA East-West All-Star game earlier this month in Altoona.
Score by quarters:
South 0 7 0 0
North 21 14 7 0
North: Dylan Sweger 49-yard pass from Cole Patrick, PAT Kick (Jack Rodenberger)
North: Tyler Flick 1-yard run, PAT Kick (Jack Rodenberger)
North: Alex Diahn 48-yard pass from Cole Patrick, PAT Kick (Jack Rodenberger)
North: Tyler Flick 2-yard run, PAT Kick (Jack Rodenberger)
North: Isaac Perron 58-yard pass from Cole Patrick, PAT Kick (Jack Rodenberger)
South: Garrett Longenecker 1-yard run, PAT Kick (Liam Hart)
North: Darien Ressler 35-yard pass from Cole Patrick, PAT Kick (Jack Rodenberger)
North: Hilton Ridley 21-yard pass from Cole Patrick, PAT Kick (Jack Rodenberger)
First downs: North 11, South 11
Total yards: North 441, South 174
Rushes/Yards: North, 16/54; South 22/71
Comps/Atts North 16/27, South 6/18
Pass yards: North 387, South 103
Penalties/Yards: North 2-25, South 2-10
Punts/Yds: North 2-85, South 3-94
Fumbles/Lost: North 1/0, South 0/0
Passing: South, Anthony Futrick 7-for-14, 103 yards, Dylan Martin 0-for-4; North, Cole Patrick 16-for-27, 387 yards, 5 TDs
Rushing: South, Zion Gibbs 5 carries for 35 yards, Dalton Mullhausen 1 carry for 4 yards, Nafis Moore 5 carries for 7 yards, Garrett Longenecker 3 carries for 44 yards and 1 TD, Zeb Fisher 1 carry for (-)6 yards, Isaiah Jackson 1 carry for 1 yard, Keegan Martin 1 carry for 3 yards; North, Tyler Flick 5 carries for 10 yards and 2 TDs, Caleb Turner 5 carries for 7 yards, Christian Manzolillo 1 for (-)4 yards, Leighton Rivera 1 carry for 35 yards; Cole Livingston 2 carries for 10 yards, Landon Moyer 1 carry for 5 yards
Receiving: South, Omar Dejesus 1 reception for 8 yards, Hilton Michael 2 receptions for 51 yards, Austin Landers 2 receptions for 38 yards, Garrett Longenecker 2 receptions for 6 yards; North, Leighton Rivera 2 receptions for 11 yards, Cole Livingston 3 receptions for 42 yards, Darien Ressler 1 reception for 35 yards and 1 TD, Hilton Ridley 2 receptions for 46 yards and 1 TD, Dylan Sweger 3 receptions for 85 yards and 1 TD, Isaac Perron 2 receptions for 64 yards and 1 TD, Will Rivers 1 reception for 41 yards, Alex Diahn 2 receptions for 63 yards and 1 TD