The inaugural event featured several big plays by both teams and also a slew of turnovers, most likely due to the chilly weather Friday night.
Neither team’s offense could move the ball effectively in the first quarter as both squads had drives that were stopped on downs. Griffin Christian’s Michael White caused a fumble by the South All-Stars and it was recovered by Wright, but the North didn’t capitalize. Griffin Christian’s Hunter Ott punted for the North and it was muffed by the South back and Skipstone’s Josh King recovered the ball at the South 30-yard line, giving the North new life.
The North finally moved the ball downfield, getting a 25-yard punishing run by Wright to the South 5-yard line. Wright scampered in for a TD on the next play to give the North the 7-0 lead with 2:18 left in the first. GCHS kicker Thomas Melvin’s extra point made the score 7-0, North.
Sheppard scored his touchdown in the second quarter on a 40-yard interception return from his safety spot with 6:07 left in the first half. The point-after was blocked and the North took a 13-0 lead into the half.
North quarterback Trey Adams of Faith Baptist Christian-Ludowici led a long third-quarter drive which ended with him calling his own number, scoring on a 1-yard TD to give his squad its biggest lead of the night, 20-0. Despite punishing runs by South All-Stars J.D. Farlow and Noah Parkerson of Heritage Christian, they couldn’t get anything going until the fourth quarter when South quarterback Dutch Williams of Heritage Christian completed a long pass to 6-foot-5 receiver Jeff Hutcheson of Lafayette Christian to get into the North red zone. Minutes later, South running back Khadyle Curry ran for an 11-yard TD to make the score 20-7 with 1:16 left in the contest. North player Cody Reidel of FBC ran the ensuing onside kick in 20 yards for a TD and the final 26-7 margin.
The 10 players from Skipstone and GCHS played very well for the North in the contest. GC’s White recovered a fumble, his GC teammates Samuel Galloway and Matthew Moore made plenty of tackles and ran well and Skipstone players Trey Smith and Rico Corbin shored up the defense for the North team.