Jeannette QB Named MVP of All-Star Game
Lafferty, Tricia, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
SAN ANTONIO -- If there were any doubt that Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor is the best high school football player in the country, he may have erased it -- twice.
Just hours after winning the U.S. Army Player of the Year award, Pryor led the East to a 33-23 victory against the West in the U.S. Army All-American game Saturday at the Alamodome.
Pryor had a hand in two touchdowns -- a 6-yard run and a 25-yard pass -- while throwing for 76 yards and rushing for 79, both team highs. Despite playing just four drives and sharing quarterback duties with two others, Pryor made the most of his time and earned the Pete Dawkins MVP Trophy in front of a record crowd of 36,534.
"I didn't expect to win the MVP," Pryor said. "Maybe all of us come out here and think we can win it. Anyone can win it.
"Today it was a team game, I was just the guy that ended up having the yards and whatever I did."
Pryor had been making ridiculously athletic plays all season, but not until yesterday did he face athletes with talent similar to his own. The first time he touched the ball, he proved it doesn't matter who's in front of him. Even against the best players in the country, Pryor looked like a man among boys.
"These kids are so much bigger and faster it's ridiculous," Pryor said. "It's a lot different. You just have to make sharper cuts and be smart."
Pryor, the nation's No. 1 high school recruit, made the adjustment on the East's first play from scrimmage when he ran almost effortlessly for 22 yards on a quarterback draw. That was the start of a seven-play, 92-yard drive engineered by Pryor and capped with his 6-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 East lead.
The West tied the score with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to Dan Buckner, but another WPIAL product came up big when the East needed a boost. Aliquippa wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, a Pitt recruit, caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Star Jackson, an Alabama recruit. Baldwin beat defensive back Aaron Williams, the top prospect in Texas, to the end zone before leaping into the air and making the grab. …