Turnovers proved to be costly for the South team as the North wins the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) North-South All-Star game 17-7 at Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
The day started out great for the North, when linebacker Chris Nesbitt penetrated into the South's backfield to hand Emmanuel Taylor a five-yard loss. The South was forced to punt after quarterback Bryan Ellis had lead them to the North's 45-yard line with two clutch third down completions.
The North opened the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Lyle Allen to Nicolai Schwarzkopf on their first possession of the game to complete a 13-play, 71-yard drive. The key play: On third-and-20 from the North's 41, Allen hit Dacula's Cameron Kenney down the sidelines for a 37-yard gain, keeping the drive alive.
The game remained 7-0 until Chas Henry kicked a 41-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining in the second quarter to give the North a 10-0 halftime lead.
After the North was forced to punt on their opening possession, the South took over at their own 6-yard line. Ellis drove the South 83 yards to the North's 11-yard line where on third-and-10 he hit Jacobi Rodriquez over the middle for a 11-yard touchdown. The key play: A 26-yard pass play from Ellis to Rodriquez. The South was down by only three (10-7).
Ellis was named the South's MVP after connecting on 12 of 21 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.
"It was a honor," said Ellis. "I never thought I would do it, but it's a honor to win it. It was nice to be able to come out here and play with these gifted athletes, so it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed getting to know these guys and I'm looking forward to watching them play in the future."
On the very next possession South linebacker Thomas Barnes intercepted a Lyle Allen pass, returning it 24 yards to the North 26-yard line and it appeared the South had gained the momentum.
However, the South could not take advantage of the turnover and had to punt after a quick 3-and-out.
Once again, the South defense held and forced a punt, but that's when the turnovers started. Bobby Griffin muffed a fair catch attempt and Trey Hunsucker recovered the ball for the North at the 10 yard line. Two plays later, Allen scored on a 10-yard run to make it 17-7.
Cartersville's Lyle Allen also had a "MVP" like performance going 9-of-18 for 132 yards with a touchdown pass and a 10-yard touchdown run.
"We worked hard during practice going twice a day," said Allen. "We only had three days of practice, but everybody's pretty smart. I mean they know the game. We just had to put it together and we came out on top."
The South did manage to drive down to the North's 4 yard line late in the game, only to have Jerrard Tarrant pick off an errant pass from Emmanuel Taylor in the endzone.
The South went on to turn the ball over once more in the 4th quarter and the North held on for a 17-7 win in front of a mixed crowd.
"It was a great honor, but it definitely wasn't possible without everybody else." said Jones. "The lineman did a great job. I mean they got a push all day and that made it real easy to run."
Here is GAVSV.com's exclusive video highlights of Friday's GACA NORTH-SOUTH
Bryan Ellis was the MVP for the South.
Rushing; Fernando Pitts rushed for 22 yards on 5
Rainey 3-15, Eric O'Neal 4-13, Emmanuel Taylor 6-5, Zeke Rozier 2-6, Rosco Wall 1-0, Passing; Bryan Ellis completed 12
passes for 151 yards and a touchdown, Emmanuel Taylor 3-4-21, Receiving;
Jacobi Rodriguez had 6 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown, Quamorris
Nixon 2-45, Fernando Pitts 1-16,
Israel Troupe 1-13, Bobby Rainey 1-(-)5.
Roddy Jones wins MVP for the North.
Rushing; North running back Roddy Jones led all rushers with
88 yards on 14 carries, Hoppo Joseph 5-8, Cole Brodie 2-13, John Douglas 4-11,
Brandon Nolley 5-5, Passing; Lyle Allen completed 9 of 18
passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and int. Receiving;
Cameron Kenney had 3 receptions for 55 yards and Branden Shepperd had 2
for 53 yards, Nicolai Schwartzkopf had 1 catch for 9 yards and a touchdown,
Jerrard Tarrant 1-9, Roddy Jones 1-4, Cole Brodie 1-2.
|3||Charlie Edwards||K/P||Tift County|
|4||Zeke Rozier||RB||Bleckley County|
|6||Emmanuel Taylor||QB||Early County|
|7||Bryan Ellis||QB||Peach County|
|9||Allen Bailey||DE||McIntosh County|
|10||Brandon Collins||WR/S||Brantley County|
|11||Israel Troupe||WR||Tift County|
|13||Dontavia Bogan||FS||Thomas Co. Central|
|21||Eric O'Neal||RB||Houston County|
|22||Roscoe Walls||RB||Washington County|
|34||Patrick Grant||LB||Carver, Coulmbus|
|37||Vance Cuff||CB||Colquitt County|
|47||Adam House||DE||Camden County|
|48||Mike Adams||LB||Randolph Clay|
|35||Brian Buford||LB||Warner Robins|
|50||Robert Luciano||OL||Warner Robins|
|54||Cornelius Barham||DE||Liberty County|
|67||Ryan Herrington||OL||Lee County|
|72||Shaquan Hicks||OL||Washington County|
|77||Dion Armstrong||DL||Peach county|
|86||Ben Collins||TE||Houston County|
|90||Rennie Moore||DT||Camden County|
|2||Seth Satterfield||DB||North Hall|
|11||Brandon Nolley||QB||Hancock Central|
|13||Phillip Davis||DB||Peachtree Ridge|
|21||Darell Norman||RB||Lincoln County|
|22||Charles Henry||K||East Paulding|
|40||Devin Reed||DB||Flowery Branch|
|48||Jonathan Massaquoi||LB||Central Gwinnett|
|50||Adam Cordell||C||Hart County|
|57||Dorian Wood||LB||South Cobb|
|67||Patrick Wilson||OL||St. Pius|
|77||T.J. Greenstone||DL||Collins Hill|
|78||T.J. Hurless||OL||Collins Hill|
|87||Darius Nall||DL||Chapel Hill|
|90||Shane McCord||DL||Hart County|
|96||Desmond Steward||LB||Douglas County|
|98||Logan Walls||DL||Dawson County|