(06/11/2005)
It may be almost summer, but for more than two hours on Friday night, it was a Football Friday Night.

The West Virginia All-Stars used a last second touchdown to defeat their Ohio counterparts in the 12th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis (B.A.C.F.) High School All-Star Game, by the score of 13-7.

The two teams, which consisted of seniors from nearly two dozen schools in the two states, battled to a 0-0 tie at halftime at Parkersburg High School's Stadium Field, with temperatures nearing the 90 degree mark.

Calhoun's Justin Price played for the West Virginia All-Stars.

It was the West Virginia team, led by PHS quarterback Chance Litton, that got on the scoreboard first, when Litton cut loose on a 24-yard run in the third quarter.

Ohio responded when Jacob Zerkle, from Shenandoah High School, scored on a 3 yard run, to tie the score at 7-7 in the fourth quarter.

Ohio was threatening again with four minutes left in the game, when the West Virginia defense made a crucial fourth down stop to end the Ohio drive.

It looked as though West Virginia had scored the winning touchdown with less than a minute left in the game, but the apparent score was called back by a penalty.

With only 12 seconds left on the clock and West Virginia still having possession, Litton scored on a quarterback keeper from one yard out to seal the victory.

West Virginia now leads the series 7-5.

Nate Black, of Parkersburg Catholic High School, was named the MVP for West Virginia, rushing for 138 yards on the night.

Quarterback Jason Schob of Marietta High School, rushed for 24 yards and passed for 89 more, to earn the Ohio MVP honor.

The B.A.C.F. is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. CF is the leading genetic killer of young Americans.

In the past 12 years, the organization has raised and donated nearly $150,000 to help fund CF research, through its annual football and basketball all-star games and other events.

Friday night's game is estimated to have raised an additional $10,000 or more in that effort.


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