Football: South tops North in All-Star game
By ANdy Proffet Post-Tribune correspondent July 19, 2013 11:24PM
North All-Star Austin Brown, Griffith High School, moves the ball into the South All-Star secondary. The annual Indiana Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star game was held Friday, July 19, 2013, at North Central High School in Indianapolis. The South All-Stars defeated the North All-Stars 27-6. | Doug McSchooler~for the Post-Tribune
Updated: August 21, 2013 6:18AM
INDIANAPOLIS — To the casual observer, three blocked kicks by the South in Friday night’s IFCA All-Star Classic would seem to be either a testament to the South’s special teams intensity or a breakdown by the North protection.
Give the officials some credit as well, North coach Tim Roth of Winamac said.
“Honestly, we didn’t break down,” Roth said after the South’s 27-6 victory at North Central High School. “The rules say that you can only rush seven. You can’t rush two guys through the same gap. That happened on every one of those mishaps that we had.
“(The officials) said they didn’t know the rule. I said, well, you need to learn the rules for this game, because it’s a little bit different than the others. In my opinion that cost us the ball game. I’m not going to whine about it or complain, that’s just something that happens. And hopefully that gets corrected for next year.”
Roth conceded the miscues took the wind out of the North’s sails.
“And when that happens, it’s hard to get guys back up,” he said.
Aaron Daniel led the South to the game’s first score, on a 38-yard, fourth-and-7 pass to Alex Parrett with 2:26 to play in the first quarter. Griffin Oakes’ PAT gave the South a 7-0 lead, the only points it would end up needing.
Fairfield’s Eldon Burtsfield could have tied the game at 7-7 with a PAT kick in the second quarter after Brandon Rooze of Benton Central connected with Michael Whitfield on a 20-yard TD pass. But the snap was low and Burtsfield’s kick was blocked.
Early in the fourth quarter, the North lined up for a 32-yard field goal, trailing 17-6. Again, a low snap, and this time a South player blocked the kick and returned it to the South 49.
And a punt by Mishawaka’s Cody Childress was blocked deep in South territory, setting up the South’s final touchdown.
It was the third straight win in the series for the South, which leads 26-21. But it was the first by double-digits since 2008.
Daniel, an IU walk-on from Charlestown, won game MVP honors by accounting for all three South touchdowns. He was 2-of-2 passing for 57 yards and a score, and ran for two more TDs and 60 yards on six carries.
Alex Rodriguez of Lawrence Central had a game-high 79 yards rushing on 10 carries for the South, which outgained the North 240-109 on the ground.
“They had good powerful running backs,” said Griffith’s Austin Brown, who started at free safety for the North and had two tackles. “The offensive line did a great job for the South holding their blocks.”
Brown also ran for 22 yards on four carries while lining up at quarterback.
“On Tuesday, they came and told me they wanted to do some wildcat with me and Sam Schrader from Mishawaka, we’re both option quarterbacks,” said Brown, who received congratulations from Wabash College coaches after the game.
“They just wanted to give us a shot running the ball since we were elected quarterbacks and that’s what we do best.”
Brown wouldn’t have minded getting a few more shots on defense, though.
“At the end, it just seemed like the defense couldn’t get on the field,” he said. “We want the offense to succeed, but they were having some trouble.”
The North ran more plays, 65-48, but was outgained in total yards 344-223.