New Jersey Defeats NorthEast, 13-7

A low-scoring, slugfest is never the ideal result for an all star game, but that's exactly how things turned out today at the 12th annual NJ-Northeast All Star Classic when New Jersey, coached by Phil Simms beat the Northeast, coached by Joe Theismann, 13-7 at Rutgers Stadium.


But defensive games can be exciting too and the ending Saturday did not disappoint.

Deadlocked at 7-7 in the final minutes of the game, New Jersey missed a potential game-winning field goal but responded with a game-winning interception as the clock expired.
On the play, future Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan tipped the ball to Carl Calabrese who pitched it to future Florida safety Josh Evans for a 74-yard return.
"They were throwing a lot of hitches and I saw a break on it so I broke on it, tipped it to Carl and he did a great job to pitch it to our speedster Josh Evans."


But from a Rutgers standpoint, a strong defensive game is nothing but good news for the future.
With cornerback Logan Ryan and linebackers Mike Larrow and Ka'lial Glaud all in the starting lineup for New Jersey, the Northeast struggled to get many drives started in the first place.
Ryan was by far the defensive back standout in the game for both sides, putting together a lock-down day at cornerback.
After playing receivers so tightly in the first half that the Northeast didn't even throw in his direction, Ryan was asked to cover incoming Penn State wide receiver Justin Brown and he shut him down for the third quarter.
"It was my first time playing on that field and it felt great," Ryan said after making six tackles in the game. "I felt at home here, wearing my Rutgers socks, and I loved it out here. I can't wait to get here and play next season.


After Brown hauled in two long catches, Ryan stepped in to cover him, batting down passes on first and second down and tipping a pass to Josh Evans for an interception and a long return on third down.
"We knew in the fourth quarter that it was going to come down to me and [Justin Brown] and we just had a blast out there," Ryan said. "He's a great player and Penn State is lucky to have him."
Larrow made his name known in Rutgers Stadium with a monster sack in the fourth quarter to force a Northeast punt with the game tied at seven.
Larrow's second sack came at the end of the fourth quarter. With the Northeast driving with a chance to win the game in regulation, Larrow broke through the middle of the line and sacked the NE quarterback for a six-yard loss.


Larrow's three tackles and two sacks earned him Defensive MVP for the game.
"Oh man! I didn't even think I won," Larrow said after receiving his trophy. "This trophy is great. This game was about showing Rutgers fans what I can do and I got to show my family."
In fact, the three combined for one of the more memorable plays of the first half when a scrambling Northeast quarterback was forced to the outside by Larrow, when Glaud, who ended the game with four tackles, subsequently forced a fumble that Ryan recovered with barely a toenail out of bounds.
"I just can't wait for the whole process to start at Rutgers," Larrow said. "Some of us already have great chemistry … It's going to be a hard adjustment to make, but everybody does it and I'll get through it."
New Jersey's other touchdown came from former Elizabeth standout Ray Graham whose 84 rushing yards earned him Offensive MVP honors.

Future West Virginia wide receiver Deon Long's 24-yard catch with six seconds remaining in the first half marked the only time that the Northeast got on the board.

Perhaps Rutgers' most anticipated recruit to play in the game, running back DeAntwan Williams, led the Northeast in rushing yards with 48 including a 19-yard run on the team's first drive and was second in yards to Justin Brown who had 71 on seven catches.
"This was basically my first home game so I liked it a lot," Williams said. "I wish we had won … but I'm just ready for the season to start."


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