HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Pitt recruits help Pennsylvania win Big 33 game
HERSHEY — Tyler Boyd returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and had a hand on five scoring plays to lead Pennsylvania over Maryland 58-27 in the Big 33 Football Classic on Saturday night.
Boyd, a University of Pittsburgh recruit, was named the game’s most valuable player after accumulating 310 total yards, including 89 receiving and 68 passing.
The Pennsylvania all-star team scored the game’s first 21 points in just 1:56, starting with Boyd’s opening kickoff return. He added a 16-yard touchdown catch before fellow Clairton graduate and Pitt recruit Titus Howard scored on a 40-yard interception return.
Pennsylvania snapped a four-game losing streak in the Big 33 game, which also marked the return of Maryland as the opponent, replacing Ohio. Maryland played the game for the first time since 1992.
Boyd’s yardage haul also included 144 on returns and nine on the ground.
Maryland quarterback Shane Cockerille, a University of Maryland recruit, was 13-of-32 passing for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Cockerille also ran for a 2-yard score.
Pennsylvania’s stocked roster included 21 Division I recruits, as opposed to just six for Maryland.
For Pennsylvania, quarterback Mack Leftwich, a UTEP recruit, was 9-of-12 passing for 107 yards, while fellow quarterback Damion Terry was 4-of-8 passing for 83 yards, along with 42 yards rushing.