ALTOONA, Pa. - High school all-star games allow players to see what they can do against elite competition.
With that in mind, Tom Ryan's confidence should soar.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound defensive back from Father Judge High School was a star in last night's East-West All-Star Football Game at Mansion Park.
The game pitted some of the top high school seniors from the eastern side of the state against some of the best seniors from the west.
And Ryan made the game tape his personal highlight reel.
All he did was return an interception and a punt for touchdowns as the East won, 37-22.
The East, which snapped a two-year losing streak, leads the series, six games to three.
The East all-stars displayed plenty of explosiveness and jarring hits, and they scored 30 straight points after intermission.
If this game was a glimpse of the future, Ryan will have a solid career at Towson.
With his team holding a 14-10 lead, the standout intercepted a pass by West quarterback Jarrin Campman of Clearfield High.
Ryan returned it 44 yards down the right sideline to score on the first play of the fourth quarter.
"I put my hand up, and it just went in," Ryan said of the pick. "Our defense came up big with some key stops. Everyone here is an athlete."
Ryan wasn't finished displaying his athleticism.
After the West punted on the ensuing possession, Ryan returned that punt 43 yards down the left sideline for his second touchdown.
That score gave the East all-stars a commanding 28-10 lead with 9 minutes, 41 seconds left.
A number of Southeastern Pennsylvania players competed and contributed.
In addition to Ryan, quarterback Zach Zulli of Perkiomen Valley, linebacker/fullback John Nurthen of Great Valley and defensive back Mike Yeager of St. Joseph's Prep made the biggest contributions.
Zulli completed 5 of 9 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.
The 6-2, 175-pounder's 6-yard touchdown pass to Jared Bausch of Lower Dauphin gave his team a 14-10 lead with 6:23 left in the third quarter.
Zulli also had seven carries for 27 rushing yards.
In addition to having two sacks on defense, Nurthen scored a 3-yard touchdown from the fullback spot.
Yeager was a defensive terror.
The Colgate recruit recovered two fumbles, caused a fumble and had two touchdown-saving tackles.
East 0 0 14 23 - 37
West 0 10 0 12 - 22
W- Vermuelen 35 pass from Campman (Oczypok kick)
W- FG Oczypok 25
E- Nurthen 3 run (Raupers kick)
E-Bausch 6 pass from Zulli (Raupers kick)
E-Ryan 44 interception (Raupers kick)
E-Ryan 43 punt return (Raupers kick)
W-Kuntz 66 pass from Campman (pass failed)
E-Smolke 18 fumble (Raupers kick)
W-Kuntz 12 pass from Campman (kick blocked)