NORTH KNOCKS OFF SOUTH: Andalusia’s Kanaley represents Covington County

Published 11:25 am Friday, July 21, 2017

The North All-Stars used key turnovers to knock off the South All-Stars 14-13 in the AHSAA’s North- South All-Star football game on Thursday night at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

The South All-Stars got the ball to start the game and began moving the ball down the field.

On third-and-one, South running back C.J. Roberts took a handoff and ran right behind Andalusia’s Tommy Kanaley to pick up the first down.

The South’s drive came to an end a few plays later when a fumble was scooped up by the North’s Conner Landers.

Landers began weaving his way through traffic and didn’t stop until he reached pay dirt to give the North an early advantage. The extra point was good and the North All-Stars were up 7-0 with 7:57.

The South took back over and a pass from Chase Warren to David Poole gave the South a quick first down.

A few plays later, the South All-Stars were aided by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to set them up inside North’s side of the field.

The next play Warren connected with Tyler Wesley for a 33-yard touchdown.

New Brockton’s Max Weeks tacked on the extra point to tie the game 7-7 with 5:08 left in the opening quarter.

Defense for both teams took over and forced four-straight three-and-outs.

On the South’s second punt, a North player broke through and blocked the ball off the Weeks’s foot and then recovered it on the 2-yard line.

The South defense had their backs against the wall and nearly escaped the series without giving up a touchdown.

A fumble pushed the North offense back to the 11-yard line and put them in third-and-goal. The next play the South were called for a pass interference that set up a 6-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Oakes to Jakobi Byrd.

The extra point gave the North a 14-7 with 7:35 left before halftime.

Defense remained the strong suit for both teams starting the second half.

Both teams forced back-to-back punts to start the third quarter.

Near the end of the third quarter with the North driving down the field, the South defense forced and recovered a fumble.

On the next play, Warren connected with Roberts for a 27-yard game for a first down on the last play of the third quarter.

A few plays later, Warren tossed the ball up to Wesley who snagged it over a North defender and clipped the pylon for a touchdown.

The South elected to go for two on the play, but the North defense stopped them.

With 8:12 left in the game, the North All-Stars were on top 14-13.

The South got another opportunity after the North fumbled away the ball on the South 2-yard line, but after moving the ball a little down the field the South was forced to punt once again.

The North was able to hold the South again as the clock hit zero to give the North All-Stars a 14-13