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ST. MARYS — Despite only meeting a few days ago, former Meadowbrook Colt quarterback Josh Hupp and River Pilot wide receiver Brody Longwell played like they just finished four years of High School Prom Together Friday Night 27th Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Classic at Bill Hanlin Football Stadium in St. Marys

A pair of long passes from Hupp to Longwell in the final minute of the first half set up a 2-yard touchdown by River’s Austin Creamer to give the Ohio team an 8-point lead at the halftime and then they routed West Virginia. team 27-6 to earn their fourth straight win in the Classic.

The West Virginia team scored first as Mount View’s Justin Haggerty caught a short pass from Roane County’s Shadraq Greathouse and ran 86 yards for what would prove to be the only score of the game for the team. Mountaineer.

Team West Virginia was unable to convert the extra run that allowed Team Ohio to take the lead early in the second period on Creamer’s first 5-yard touchdown and the extra kick converted by another former pilot to Zack Hocutt.

It looked like it would be the score at intermission as the Ohio team had the ball well past their own 20-yard line with less than a minute left in the half.

Hupp and Longwell’s combo hit first on a 31 yard pass that moved the ball just inside West Virginia territory and on the next play they connected again on a 47 bomb meters that sent the ball up to two. – sorting line.

Creamer put the ball in the end zone for the second time of the half with just 18 ticks remaining on the clock.

“We saw them keep biting, so we were able to take advantage of that and have one on top,” Hupp said. “The next one we knew was there and he (Longwell) almost came in, but they dropped him to that one.”

Oddly enough, the two had never met during their high school careers and had only had the chance to work out a few times during pre-game practices.

“We were just able to communicate well together and I said you throw it away and I’ll be there and it worked out pretty well.” said Longwell. “We only had four practices together, but it felt like we had played together for four years.”

The two were yet to finish as they struck again late in the third period when Hupp sent a 14-yard touchdown pass to Longwell between several WV defenders to give the Ohio team a lead 21-6.

“Honestly, it happened today on the pitch,” says Hupp of the connection between the two. “We only had four practices, so it was pretty special to do what we did.”

The two connected four times in the game for 105 yards, with Longwell winning the Most Valuable Player award for Team Ohio with stiff competition from Hupp and Creamer.

“Those were my first takes in a live match in about five months, so that was really good,” said Longwell. “It was good to get that adrenaline back, it’s just an indescribable feeling.”

Hupp completed 11 of 16 pass attempts in the game for 199 yards while Creamer carried the ball 10 times for 40 even yards.

The victory was the fourth straight for the Buckeye team in the Classic, but the first since 2019 after the last two years were canceled due to the pandemic.

Longwell was happy to be able to participate in a game.

“It was such an honor to be able to play in this game for such a great cause,” said Longwell. “I’m just glad I was able to contribute.”

Haggerty won the MVP award for the West Virginia team.

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