HERSHEY -- Tyler Boyd returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and had a hand on five scoring plays to lead Pennsylvania over Maryland 58-27 in the Big 33 Football Classic on Saturday night.

Boyd, a University of Pittsburgh recruit, was named the game's most valuable player after accumulating 310 total yards, including 89 receiving and 68 passing.

The Pennsylvania all-star team scored the game's first 21 points in just 1:56, starting with Boyd's opening kickoff return. He added a 16-yard touchdown catch before fellow Clairton graduate and Pitt recruit Titus Howard scored on a 40-yard interception return.

West York offensive lineman Brody Kern, the YAIAA's only representative in the game, couldn't hold back his excitement for the early lead.

Members of the Pennsylvania Big 33 team’s offensive line pose with their coach after Saturday night’s game. West York’s Brody Kern,
Members of the Pennsylvania Big 33 team's offensive line pose with their coach after Saturday night's game. West York's Brody Kern, right, was the YAIAA's lone representative. (GameTimePA.com -- Lizi Arbogast)

"My favorite part of tonight's game was probably just the beginning, going up 21-to-nothing, that's so great," he said. "Everybody was pumped up after that and it was just an awesome feeling."

Pennsylvania snapped a four-game losing streak in the Big 33 game which also marked the return of Maryland as the opponent, replacing Ohio. Maryland played the game for the first time since 1992.

Maryland quarterback Shane Cockerille, a University of Maryland recruit, was 13-of-32 passing for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Cockerille also ran for a two-yard score.

Kern was impressed with the talent on both sides of the ball, as well as the way he was treated away from the field.


"It was just a great experience. Even just practicing with the guys all week. They are some of the top players in Maryland and PA. The whole buddy program; the host family, everything was just great."

Pennsylvania's stocked roster included 21 Division I recruits, as opposed to just six for Maryland. Pennsylvania quarterback Mack Leftwich (UTEP) was 9-of-12 passing for 107 yards.

Kern, who will play for Division I-FCS Delaware, said chemistry was crucial to the team's success.

"I'm not gonna lie, everybody thought it was going to be a tough game with just one week (to prepare)," he said. "But we came together, told each other where we were going to school and from there we were playing for Pennsylvania. It didn't matter what college we were going to, what high school we played for. We all just gelled so well."

Chambersburg Public Opinion reporter Lizi Arbogast contributed to this report.