Heroes rose and records fell in East-West All-Star Football Game

Cliff Hickman
Updated: Sunday, July 16, 2017
East receiver Donnie Genetin of Hoover makes a one-hand grab against West defender Brady Thompson of Central Catholic at Bob Commings Field in the 28th annual Canton Repository-Malone University East-West All-Star Football Game, July 15, 2017.  (FridayNightOhio.com / Ray Stewart)<br /><div id="dfp-300x250" style="float:right;"><script type="text/javascript">googletag.display("dfp-300x250");</script></div>
East receiver Donnie Genetin of Hoover makes a one-hand grab against West defender Brady Thompson of Central Catholic at Bob Commings Field in the 28th annual Canton Repository-Malone University East-West All-Star Football Game, July 15, 2017. (FridayNightOhio.com / Ray Stewart)


PLAIN TWP.  With no shortage of playmakers Saturday at Bob Commings Field, a record-setting night of offense delivered plenty of excitement for several thousand fans on hand for the Canton Repository-Malone University East-West All-Star Football Game.

The two teams delivered the most combined points (68) and total yards (841) in the game's 28-year history. The game featured three lead changes in the final 62 seconds.

The West won 35-33 on a field goal by Tuslaw's John Cybak with 1.1 second remaining. That made him the night's final hero well past 10 o'clock.

The night's first hero, got things rolling about a minute after the game kicked off at 7.

Hoover's Donny Genetin shattered the single-game receiving record with 205 yards, as the first of his eight receptions went for 70 yards and an East touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. Genetin put on a show all night, including a one-handed catch later in the game.

"I told him that we were going to get him that record after he caught the 70-yard touchdown from me on the opening drive," East quarterback Brody Hahn said. "We really hit it off this week and I wanted to help get that single-game record for him."

Mission accomplished. The strong-armed Hahn found Genetin early and often throughout the night for big gains.

"We worked with each other a lot in practice," Hahn said. "We spent a lot of time getting our timing down and we had a lot of discussions about where he was going to be if they played certain coverages. We worked every second we could on developing chemistry."

That work paid big dividends. For Genetin and for Hahn. Hahn was 9-of-12 passing for 247 yards (second-most in game history) with a passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns. Chris Pennell threw for 101 yards. Elijah Ladson of GlenOak added 77 yards rushing on eight carries and 70 yards receiving on two catches (one a 59-yarder to set up a fourth-quarter TD). That helped the East roll up 479 yards of total offense, one of the top figures in the game's history.

"We worked really hard to get to this point," Hahn said. "This game was a great time. I met a lot of great people. Everything about this was a great experience."

While Genetin earned a record and the East put up big numbers, the West walked away with the win. Thanks in part to a thrilling final minute drive conducted by Central Catholic quarterback Jack Murphy.

"This didn't feel like an exhibition game," Murphy said. "Both teams wanted to win. When we got the ball back that last time, I called the huddle together and told them we were not losing this game. I told them we were going to drive down the field and get this one."

Murphy got the West in position for the 44-yard field goal attempt by Cybak with 1.1 seconds remaining.

"I knew it was good as soon as I saw it come off of his foot," Murphy said. "I put my hands up immediately. Then we heard the crowd pop. It was one of the best feelings in the world."

Like the East, the West got a number of big performances. Central Catholic's Tee Rupp caught eight passes for 134 yards, while Perry's Tevion Cleveland caught eight for 57, as he gained 119 all-purpose yards. Seth Blankenship of Massillon threw for 96 yards and rushed for 23. Defensively, Central Catholic's James Wills made two sacks and Brady Thompson came up with a 60-yard interception return.

It was a storybook ending for Murphy, who played his final game as a quarterback and went 12-of-16 for 134 yards. He will be transitioning to wide receiver in college at Hillsdale (Mich.).

"I was a little worried about how this game was going to go since we only had a week to get ready for it," Murphy said. "It was great though. I met a lot of new friends and we had a great time. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this game."

It's an experience that Murphy will always cherish and one he recommends to any player that has the opportunity to participate in the East-West game.

"The whole week is just great," Murphy said. "You get to play with a lot of new teammates and you come out of it with a lot of new friends. There is really nothing like this. There's nothing better than getting a chance to win one more high school football game."

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A LOOK BACK AT A RECORD-SETTING NIGHT

Here's a look at records set and top performances from Saturday's East-West All-Star Game:

Most combined points: 68

Breaks old mark of 55 set a year ago

Most combined yards: 841

Breaks old mark of 672 set a year ago

Most yards receiving, individual: Donny Genetin (Hoover), East, 205

Breaks old mark of 147 yards set by Terrance Burt of McKinley in 2013

Most points by a kicker, individual: John Cybak (Tuslaw), West, 9

Breaks old mark of 7 held by four others

Most field goals, individual: John Cybak (Tuslaw), West, 2

Ties mark held by Dan Minocchi of Central Catholic in 2000 and Luke Kolic of Perry in 2005

Most yards passing, team: 348, East

Breaks old mark of 341 set in 2013 by the East

Most points, losing team: 33, East

Breaks old mark of 22 set by West in 2012

Most consecutive wins: 3, by the West

Ties streak set by the West from 1995-97

Other notable performances

First game with two receivers gaining at least 100 yards — Hoover's Donny Genetin (205) and Central Catholic's Tee Rupp (134)

Hoover's Donny Genetin's 70-yard TD from Brody Hahn catch ties for the third longest TD reception

Tuslaw's John Cybak's 44-yard field is the third longest

Louisville's Brody Hahn's 247 yards passing are second most

Central Catholic's Tee Rupp's 134 yards receiving are fourth most