June 18, 2012

Simon picks up another MVP for Army and family

Another summer high school all-star football game, another MVP award claimed by the Army recruiting Class of 2012 as well as the Simon family.

Gervon Simon of Johnstown (Pa.) Johnstown High School joined Andrew King of Flushing (NY) High when Simon, playing quarterback, was named MVP of the 42nd  annual Ken Lantzy Finest Forty all-star game played on Friday night in Johnstown. Simon's father, Geroy Simon, won the same Lantzy MVP award in 1993 before starting his college career at Maryland and in Canadian Football League.

A week ago King, a running back, was MVP of the third annual Empower all-star game, a New York state event played at Syracuse's Carrier Dome.

"We text all the time and I sent him a text after the game telling him I got MVP," said Simon. "He congratulated me. He said he knows we're going to be good when we get on the field for Army."

Simon (5-11, 190) and King (6-0, 200) are both bound for the USMAPS.

Simon led the South to a 44-6 win as he scored on three touchdown runs and passed for 104 yards. He scored on runs of 4 yards in the second quarter, 2 in the third and 2 in the final period.

"They played their outside linebackers as defensive ends to keep containment on me," Simon said. "We ran a lot of guns (no-huddle) and options. I got one touchdown on a quarterback trap and another on an option."

But Simon wasn't the only Army recruit that made his mark in the game. Stefan Moreau, a 6-3, 225-pound defensive end from Armagh (Pa.) United, recovered a fumble as Simon's teammate on the South. Moreau also is bound for the USMAPS.

"Stefan played great," said Simon, who was happy to be wearing a "hands off" red jersey in practice. "He was great all week in practice, too. He was going against me. He was eating up the tackle and in my face every play."

Simon's MVP was an early Father's Day gift as his dad.

Geroy Simon, a wide receiver, couldn't attend the game since he's in training camp preparing for this 14th CFL season with the British Columbia Lions. But Gervon proudly posted a photo of him with his award on Geroy's twitter page with the message, "MVP of the Ken Lantzy game, just like my dad @geroysimon did in high school!"

"He was pretty excited," said Gervon, who proudly added his father needs only 66 more yards to break the CFL's all-time receiving yards record. Geroy has 935 catches for 15,087 yards and 98 touchdowns.

Gervon said his father is also excited about his son starting his Army football career, although it took a family visit to West Point for him to come around.

"At first he didn't support it," Gervon said. "But once he went up there and saw West Point, it changed his mind instantly. He said, 'I wish I could would have gone there.' "

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