North Hits South with 26-7 lossWritten by: Billy Splain on Sunday, June 28th, 2009
Lezzer Lumber Classic, Bald Eagle High School – It’s hard to judge just how emotional teams can be when playing an all star game but in the first quarter running back Matt Overdorf from Central Mountain High School, playing for the North team, found out just how emotional this game would be. After a short run from offensive mvp Jarrin Campman a skirmish broke out between Overdorf and a player from the South team. The result was evident on the sideline while Overdorf looked for a new jersey to replace the torn number 1 he was wearing. Luke Yokum, a State College RB who had been hurt during practice and couldn’t play was more that happy to loan his game jersey with one condition, “represent”. And Matt was “more than happy to represent for my new friend.”
He helped the North squad run all over the South defense as the North held a 220-8 yard advantage in the first half. There was also a 7 point difference at the break. That lone touchdown came in the first quarter from Central Mountain qb Jarrin Campman who had a game high 98 yards rushing.
North Coach Steve Turchetta said “this is the best defensive line you could want. They’re animals.” when asked how they were able to stuff the South so efficiently.
The play of the game came in the third quarter when Matt Bower stripped the ball from South Quarterback Zack Crull and Andy Gordon returned it 14 yards to make the score 20-0. This came just minutes after Cody Plank of Bellefonte connected with Overdorf on an 11 yard td pass.
The South would get on the board for its only points late in the third but it took a monster of backfield anchored by lineman Nicholas Soto of Altoona. His one yard plunge ala “the refrigerator” was also impressive as his lead blockers were OL Matt Murray from Tyrone and OL Adny Sarra from Huntington.
Despite the loss South squad coach Tom Shearer of Indian Valley said “this week has been great. It’s pure football, no classes. No interuptions, just pure football.”
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