NORTH RISES OVER SOUTH AGAINWritten by: Billy Splain on Saturday, June 26th, 2010
The Lezzer Lumber Classic isn’t filled with division 1 all stars but the players chosen for this game play like D1 recruits. And this year was no exception. Heart, strength and the love of the game are what drives these central PA players, and this year there was something else….memory. That being the memory of Jack Bailey, former Philipsburg Osceola coach and since 1996 organizer of this game. Jack Passed away unexpectedly in December. “He will be missed in body, but not in the spirit of this game” said South coach AJ Hoenstine of Central.
Unfortunately for AJ the North team showed more spirit. Led by the passing combination of Dubois qb Josh Mean and the Receiving of Clearfields Trey Campman, who combined for two td passes, the North team defeated the South 23-7. And let’s not forget the defense. A stifling performance that included 4 intereptions and 4 sacks the North squad kept the south on its heels all evening.
The scoring started midway through the 1st when Jed Greslick of Curwensville (15 carries for 56 yards) went in from 1 yard out. Zack Czap pat made it 7-0 with 2:51 left in the 1st. On the Souths next possession Brad Holzwowrth of State College intercepted Nate Plummer at the 41 and rumbled 48 yardsÂ to the 11. 3 plays later Czap, of Philipsburg-Osceola booted a 14 yard field goal to make it 10-0 for the North.
With 1:53 left to go in the half Bubba Rue of Clarion intercepted Plummer at the 41, returning the ball to the South 33. Following a roughing the passer penalty Means connected with Chad Zurat of Clearfield for a 20 yard TD reception. The pat failed and the North led 16-0 at the half.
“That was the point at which I felt we took control of the game” said Means, who admitted being more than nervous at the start of the game.
Following a sluggish 3rd quarter in which the South thought they caught their big break, a 55 yard double pass from James Muir to Eric Desch back to Muir for 55 yards that was called back on an illegal forward pass penalty, the North again capitalized with Means to Chapman. The pair connected on a beautiful corner endzone pass and catch for 6. Czap again with the pat to give the North a commanding 23 0 lead with 7:09 to go in the game.
The South would finally put points on the board via Nate Plummer to Desch for a 20 yard td to cap the scoring. “This was a fun week and I learned SO much from these players and coaches” said north coach Jason Shilala of Dubois. “Jack Bailey would have been proud. The game played on.”
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