North-South Game Report

In addition to camping season, it's also the time of year for high school football all-star games. West Virginia's North-South contest featured several future Mountaineers who put on excellent showings during the North's 15-14 win.

North Marion fullback Ryan May was outstanding as both a lead blocker and a runner during the North's second half ground assault. The 6-1, 240-pound powerhouse threw a number of devastating lead blocks and also ran the ball inside well, especially during the North's second half comeback. May, who will be an invited walkon in the Mountaineer program this fall, had seven carries for 36 yards.

Eric Turner (6-0, 165) of Weir also showed some ability, catching one pass as a wide receiver and covering well in the secondary. Linebacker Cody Tominack (Wheeling Park, 5-11, 225) and defensive end Tom Contraguerro (6-0, 210) were stalwarts on the defensive front for the North team, which held the South to just 49 yards on the ground.

For the South, George Washington wide receiver Josh Dodd channelled visions of current WVU receiver John Pennington (also a GW grad). Dodd snared five passes for 74 yards, and has said in interviews that he patterns himself after the former Patriot star, who worked his way from anonymity to state hero with his touchdown catch against Pitt last year. Dodd (6-1, 180), hopes to follow the path that Pennington has carved at WVU.

Ieager outside linebacker Aaron Lowe (6-3, 225) was something of a surprise on the evening. Without much notice, Lowe had a number of tackles (tackling official stats were not kept), and showed very good speed and pursuit skills on plays away from his side.

Invited walkon Adam Hughes (6-3, 230) of Princeton, who will compete for the long-snapping job in 2005 after incumbent Scott Fleming graduates, didn't get much of a chance to show his stuff at tight end. Hughes, normally a tight end, was split out as a wide receiver most of the time on the South's offensive plays. Just one pass was aimed at Hughes out of 32 South attempts.

WVU's lone scholarship player in the game, the North's Brandon Barrett, caught just one pass for 11 yards. The North's quarterbacks, more at home in handing the ball off, struggled to get the ball in the All-American's vicinity. Barrett did carry the ball on a reverse for seven yards, and also threw a pair of crushing blocks on punt returns.

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