John Cybak's field goal lifts West past East

Mike Popovich
Updated: Sunday, July 16, 2017
West receiver Tee Rupp goes up for the catch in the 28th annual Canton Repository-Malone University East-West All-Star Football Game, July 15, 2017.  ( / Ray Stewart)<br /><div id="dfp-300x250" style="float:right;"><script type="text/javascript">googletag.display("dfp-300x250");</script></div>
West receiver Tee Rupp goes up for the catch in the 28th annual Canton Repository-Malone University East-West All-Star Football Game, July 15, 2017. ( / Ray Stewart)

PLAIN TWP.  John Cybak was just happy to do his part on a record-setting night.

The recent Tuslaw High School graduate kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1.1 seconds left to give the West a 35-33 win in Saturday's Canton Repository-Malone University East-West All-Star Football Game.

With both teams easily combining for a single-game record for points scored, it was Cybak who made the biggest difference in the dying seconds.

"I tried to treat it like every other kick," Cybak said. "... I trusted in what I knew, what I could do and just let it happen."

Cybak's kick capped a wild finish that saw the lead change hands three times in the final 1:02.

A 12-yard touchdown run from Jackson's Jack Dear gave the West a 32-27 lead. The East quickly regrouped. Louisville's Brody Hahn threw a 59-yard pass to GlenOak's Elijah Ladson to set up his own 7-yard TD run with 41.8 seconds left to make it 33-32.

There was still plenty of time for the West.

A personal foul after a 10-yard reception by Perry's Tevion Cleveland gave the West a first down at the East 44. A 13-yard pass from Central Catholic's Jack Murphy to Fairless' Logan Loretto moved the sticks again.

After Central's Tee Rupp caught a 6-yard pass on third-and-11, Cybak's number was called.

"It was a comfortable kick," said Cybak, who will kick in college at Westminster.

"It's great just to be a part of the team, let everybody else do their thing, trust in them in knowing they can do that and trust in myself that I can kick the ball well."

West head coach Jeff Lindesmith saw clutch kicks like this from Dan Mills during Central's run to the last three Division V state championship games.

"I guess I'm used to it," Lindesmith said.

Lindsemith also was Impressed with the way his team handled the final drive.

"They didn't have any panic to them," he said. "They kind of played like all-stars.

"And John kicked the ball pretty well for us. It wasn't like we were forced to get that thing down and score in the end zone."

Hahn threw for 247 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two TDs. Hoover's Donny Genetin also had a huge night for the East with a record 205 receiving yards on eight catches.

Both teams combined for 528 yards in a first half that ended with the West on top 21-20.

Genetin's 70-yard touchdown reception from Brody Hahn quickly opened the scoring. It matched the third-longest TD catch in the game's history.

The West knotted the game on their  first possession of the night. Murphy completed three straight passes, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to Cleveland that tied it at 7-7.

Marlington's Chris Pennell replaced Hahn at quarterback on the East's second possession, but the result was the same. Strong running from Elijah Ladson set up Pennell's 2-yard touchdown run that gave the East a 14-7 lead.

The East made it a two-possession when a 4-yard touchdown from East Canton's Travis Nelson made it 20-7. The West rallied in the second quarter as touchdown runs from Murphy and Green's Jeremy McAleese pushed them ahead 21-20.

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Canton Repository-Malone University East-West All-Star Game

Late Saturday

at Bob Commings Field, GlenOak High School

West, 35 East 33

East 20 0 7 6 - 33

West 7 14 3 11 - 35

First quarter

E—Genetin 70 pass from Hahn (Sarbaugh kick)

W—Cleveland 26 pass from Murphy (Cybak kick)

E—Pennell 2 run (Sarbaugh kick)

E—Nelson 4 run (pass failed)

Second quarter

W—McAleese 2 run (Cybak kick)

W—Murphy 1 run (Cybak kick)

Third quarter

W—FG Cybak 32

E—Hahn 10 run (Sarbaugh kick)

Fourth quarter

W—Safety, Hahn tackled in end zone

W—Dear 12 run (run failed)

E—Hahn 10 run (pass failed)

W—FG Cybak 44

East West

First downs 18 18

Rushes-yards 30-131 31-132

Passing 348 230

Comp-Att-Int 17-23-3 21-33-1

Punts-Avg 0-0 3-30.0

Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 1-15 0-0


RUSHING—East, Ladson 8-77, Nelson 6-14, Perry 2-12, Pryor 1-(-3), Hahn 7-25, Pennell 5-(-1). West, Himes 7-30, Myers 2-23, McAleese 3-10, Cleveland 6-19, Nicolino 1-0, Murphy 8-15, Blankenship 3-23, Dear 1-12.

PASSING—East, Hahn 9-12-1-247, Pennell 8-11-2-101. West, Murphy 12-16-0-134, Blankenship 9-17-1-96.

RECEIVING—East, Genetin 8-205, Ladson 2-70, Hancock 2-23, Hoffman 3-28, Perry 1-15, Nelson 1-7. West, Nicolino 1-10, Loretto 2-22, Rupp 8-134, McAleese 1-11, Cleveland 8-57, Himes 1-(-4).