In the lowest-scoring Texas High School Coaches Association football all-star game in seven years, the North prevailed 13-7 on Tuesday night at the Alamodome.
Texas Tech-bound running back Mason Reed’s 3-yard scoring run with 11:08 left in the game proved to be the difference.
In 2007, the South shut out the North 14-0 at Amon Carter Stadium.
“It was a good game by the defense,” said Justin Northwest linebacker Duke Kicinski, who was named the game’s defensive MVP. “I have to give it to the secondary, the whole defense really, the D-line. They helped me make the big plays.”
In the second half, the low-scoring affair also had two missed field goals and a third attempt was blocked.
The South team had one last shot at a comeback after a missed 29-yard field goal with 3:24 left in the game. Two completions got the ball to the North 46, but a sack by Stephenville’s Jonah Noah, two offensive penalties, and four incomplete passes ended the threat.
“We were just real close as a team for these four days and we were able to play for each other,” said Kicinski, who recorded 1 1/2 sacks and three tackles for loss. “Everybody did what they needed to do.”
After a first half highlighted by offenses that turned the ball over on downs four times, the North grabbed a 7-0 lead with 48 seconds left in the second quarter on a play that got past the referees.
North wide receiver Jake Parker’s 19-yard touchdown catch occurred on the same play where North quarterback Ben Arbuckle tossed a short shovel pass to running Klark Ashmore. Instead of running after the catch, Ashmore quickly tossed the ball deep into the right corner of the end zone and Parker beat two defenders to the jump ball.
“It was a designed shovel pass, I think that’s legal, but oh well,” Ashmore said. “It worked, that’s all that mattered.”
Parker earned offensive MVP honors. He finished with three receptions for 78 yards and the score.