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Written by: David Burnworth on Sunday, June 12th, 2022
Last night I made my way from Buckeye Lake, Ohio to South Charleston High School in West Virginia to watch my third North vs. South all-star game. As usual, this game was very intense, with a couple of high-energy events occurring that came close to having players rejected. Even with gas prices at record levels, the crowd, as it has been my two previous years covering this game, was very good, especially for an all-star game.
Brody Hall (North Marion) would get the North to a good start with his 18-yard quarterback run. Things started going downhill just over a minute ago for the North All-Stars. Isiah Purdue (Van) would sack Hall. Then Hudson Clement seemed to slip and fall, allowing Dalton Jones (Buffalo) Bridgeport) to make an easy interception. The game’s first score came with 6:53 left following the interception. The South would cap off their 8-play, 25-yard drive with a Ty Bartrum (Spring Valley) 2-yard touchdown where he was able to dive over the defense. He also made the two-point conversion pass to big James Scott (Hunting), giving the South team an 8-0 lead with 6:53 left in the quarter. The North defense would make the last big play of the quarter when Malachi Hinger (Moorefield) teamed up with Kaden Hovatter (North Marion) to sack Maddex McMillen (Woodrow Wilson).
The South defense would get a fumble recovery from Drew Clendenin (Buffalo) after a muffed center to quarterback exchange with 7:24 left in the half. The South needed just six plays to make this a 14-0 game, with Logan Phalin (Independence) plowing in for the score from a yard out. Hall would get the North offense going when he threw a very nice pass to the talented Tariq Miller (North Marion) at the 3:35 mark of the second quarter. But it was the South defense who came out the winner on this drive when Elijah William (Riverside) stopped Layden Reppert (Bridgeport).
After the big stop, Miller would come up big for the North defense on the ensuing South drive. When he picked off a Phalin pass, it gave the North one last chance to light up the scoreboard before the teams headed to the locker room. Hall would take advantage of the last chance when he hit Kaden Delaney (Grafton) for the score. After Hayden Pack (Spring Mills) made good on his point-after kick, we had a game at 14-7.
The third quarter was all defense with enough chippiness thrown in to make the fans forget this was an All-Star game and not a playoff game. Both teams took turns hitting the other hard and clean, causing the crowd to throw in enough comments that one could not help but stay on the edge of their seats. The biggest play of the quarter came when the North was driving, facing a third and one from the South’s one-yard line with time running out in the quarter. Nolan Shimp (Lincoln County) from the South stopped Shadraq Greathouse (Roane County) as time ran out.
The fourth quarter was as competitive as the first three, with both teams talking trash but overall showing nice sportsmanship, even if the fans on the sideline had a problem seeing this. The North’s drive would end just three seconds into the quarter, with Reppert running into the end zone from one yard out. The point after went wide left, making this a 14-13 game.
The South offense would get a big break when Brody Sipple (Scott) recovered a teammate’s fumble to keep the drive alive. From there, a third and five conversion run from Maddex McMillan (Buffalo) were made even bigger when Leonard Farrow (Oak Hill) scampered in from 7-yards out. After an unsportsmanlike penalty on the South right after the touchdown run, the South elected to go for two, and that decision was made good when Bartum, who was wide open in the middle of the end zone, made the easy catch to make this a 22-13 game.
On the ensuing kickoff, the South kickoff team would recover the ball after the return man muffed it. Frankie Burgess (Pocahontas County) made the recovery. The game clock read 4:24 and the South was facing a and ten. With no hesitation, the coaching staff elected to go for it, and, as with most of their decisions in this one, that decision was made good when Bartrum made yet another big play, this time with a 21-yard catch. The North defense showed a little toughness when Christian Slack (Martinsburg) got a 6-yard tackle for loss when he got to Norman Kennedy (Mingo Junction). The South would end the scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run from McMillen and another two-point conversion from Bartrim to make this a 30-13 game, with 1:58 left in the game.
Both teams had one big play. For the North, Hall hit Miller for a gain of 42-yards, and for the South, as it should have been, their defense came up with theirs. Connor Bell (Webster County) and Jace Caldwell (Spring Valley) stopped Hall just short of the goal line on the last play of the game.
My 2022 North vs South PAFOOTBALLNEWS PLAYER OF THE GAME goes to the very talented Ty Bartrum.
Some unofficial stats:
212 total yards.
Passing 8-12 1 TD, 1 int.
183 total yards. Passing 6-14 1 Int.
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