Pennsylvania Pounds Ohio in Big 33 Classic
Lafferty, Tricia, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
HERSHEY -- The WPIAL's past and Pitt's future were on display Saturday night at the Big 33 Classic at Hersheypark Stadium.
Central Catholic quarterback Tino Sunseri connected with Gateway's Cameron Saddler on 5- and 79-yard touchdown passes and hit Aliquippa's Jonathan Baldwin with a 10-yard touchdown pass to lead Pennsylvania to a 31-16 victory against Ohio.
"When two good athletes get together, it just makes magic," Saddler said, of his chemistry with Sunseri. "When me and Tino get together, it's bound to happen."
The trio of Pitt recruits helped Pennsylvania to a 14-0 first- quarter lead.
Later, kicker David Soldner, who will be a walk-on at Penn State, converted a 39-yard field goal, and Syracuse recruit Mike Jones scored on a 3-yard run to give Pennsylvania a 24-0 advantage at the half.
Saddler's catch-and-run touchdown with 9:08 remaining sealed the win for Pennsylvania.
"That's all we talked about this week was about getting to Pitt," Saddler said. "We were talking about how the Big East is going to have to deal with all of us the next four years."
Norwin receiver Mike Shanahan, a Pitt recruit, also provided some offensive highlights when he caught three passes, including a 29- yarder from Sunseri, for a combined 59 yards in the first half.
Sunseri did more than show off his arm when he sprinted 50 yards on a quarterback keeper to set up Saddler's first touchdown.
WPIAL products provided most of Pennsylvania's highlights, and they weren't only on offense.
Central Catholic utility player Andrew Taglianetti, another Pitt recruit, blocked Ohio's field-goal attempt. And North Allegheny linebacker Corey Watts recovered an Ohio fumble, which led to a Pennsylvania field goal. …