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Written by: David Burnworth on Saturday, June 12th, 2021
Last night I ventured to Vandalia Butler high school to catch the All-Star game known as the Pigskin Classic. I have attended this one in the past and have always enjoyed it. Before I get started with the article. I tried to get the P.A. guy to give me his rosters with players’ numbers and names on them but he said no. So I am only able to use the numbers I have from my notes with no names, sorry for this.
The South team would get the first break in this one when #56 recovered a fumble by #15 from the North just under two minutes into the contest. The South team would need just three plays to cover the 17-yards needed for the games first score, with #6 making the touchdown kick, with #10 holding #18 would make this a 7-0 game with his kick. The North squad would get a nice catch from #19 that took the ball all the way down to the South five-yard line, then a pass from #15 to #19 for a 3-yard score gave us a 7-6 game. #27 would lock it up with his P.A.T. with 7:26 left in the exciting opening quarter. Each team would have one more nice play before the quarter came to a close. First, on fourth and one the North got a pass from #15 to #5 for 14-yards, then the South would see #56 get to #15 for a loss of three yards.
The 2nd quarter was breezing along at a rapid pace when the South capped off a 12-play, 58-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to #6 on a nicely ran slant. The P.A.T. would make this a 14-7 game with 6:17 left in the half. At the 4:00 mark #3 from the North was able to make an easy pick to give his team the ball. Luch would bounce back to the South’s side when #34 recovered a North fumble and then return it to the North 20-yard line. A sack by #43 of the North held the South up for a short time however that would change on the last play of the half with #22 scoring from 3-yards out to give us a 21-7 game at the half.
Not even 2:00 into the 2nd half #2 for the South hit #38 for a big 50-yard catch. A little over a minute later the same combo connected on a 29-yard touchdown to give us a 27-7 game. The North wasted no time responding to the South score. #87 would catch a pass for 47 yards and then a short time later he would catch a 2-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 27-14 with 6:04 left in the third quarter. The North defense got a big-time play when #33 got to #22 of the South tackling him for a loss of 10-yards. After the North got the ball back three pass completions would result in another touchdown. First, #85 had a 20-yard catch, then #89 caught one for 24-yards, and then #89 closed out the drive with the 1-yard touchdown catch making this a 27-21 game, with 1:57 showing on the clock. The North defense would make two big plays to end the quarter. First, #33 got to #22 for a loss of three, then #21 made a very easy pick and return it to the South 4-yard line.
On the ensuing drive, the North offense would have to settle for a chip shot field goal from #27 making the a three-point game. #61 for the North would sack #2 to bring up and long with a punt following. With 8:48 left in the game #5 for the North showed amazing concentration when he somehow caught a tipped pass for an 11-yard gain. Once again the offense faded from there and had to settle for a 49-yard field goal attempt by #27 that was no good leaving this a three-point game.
the North defense would get a fine play from #43, who got to #8 for a loss of 7-yards. At the 5:05 mark of the final frame, the South appeared to get an 80-yard pick-six from #4 but a personal foul on the South negated the score. This drive fizzled out a short time later and the North would go to work on tying this one up. #11 hit #89 for 30-yards. The South defense would get a sack of #11 from #16 for a loss of 5-yards. The North would recover with a 47-yard field goal by #27 to lock things up at 27. The kick would have been good from at least 50-yards. The North defense forced a punt when #43 sacked #2 for a loss of 5. The North would make a fair catch on the punt, which allowed them to try a 63-yard free-kick from #27 that came up well short then 0:22 seconds later we were headed to overtime.
The North squad would get the ball first in the overtime period. #11 hit #19 for a 14-yard gain. The same combo struck again for a 6-yard touchdown. #27 would make this a 34-27 game, with his kick. #51 for the North sacked #2 of the South for a 5-yard loss. The South offense would have to work hard to recover from the sack and they did just that, with the end result being a 6-yard touchdown pass from #2 to #10. A 15-yard unsportsmanlike flag was thrown on the South after the score bringing the ball back to the 18-yard line for the point after attempt. After a timeout, the South’s offense came back on the field to try and get the win. #2 was under heavy pressure causing his pass to be high and out of the reach of his intended receiver securing the come from behind win for the North.
(THE SCORE CLOCK DID NOT HAVE DOWN AND DISTANCE SO THE UNOFFICIAL STATS ARE A MERE GUESS, AS FAR AS TOTAL YARDAGE GOES)
PASSING 22-39 4 TD’S 1 INT
PASSING 5-18 3 TD’S 2 INT’S
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