INDIANAPOLIS – For the third year in a row, the North offense struggled in its summer football battle with the South.
North mustered only 223 offensive yards in a 27-6 loss in the 47th annual All-Star football game at North Central High School. The South gained 344 yards in its third straight All-Star victory.
The North has managed only a single touchdown in each of the last three games.
We did good early, but then things got rough and started to fall apart because we weren’t used to playing with each other, Heritage quarterback Conner Sheehan said.
North Side running back Anthony Linnear led the North with 40 yards on 10 carries and caught two passes for 29 yards. Churubusco’s Jason Nicodemus was the second-leading rusher with 30 yards on seven carries.
Sheehan completed 8 of 20 passes for 65 yards and was sacked once.
We started off on fire, but we just couldn’t put the ball into the end zone, said Linnear, who caught a 26-yard pass on Sheehan’s first pass attempt. Our defense played awesome, but our offense couldn’t help them out.
The North’s touchdown came in the first half with Brandon Rooze hitting Michael Whitfield for a second-quarter score. But the extra point kick was blocked.
The North lost a fumble and was only 1 of 13 on third-down conversions.
There were also six punts for 115 yards and one punt that was blocked which the South recovered, and it led to a score.
To add to the offensive woes, there was also a missed field goal and a blocked field goal.
Game MVP Aaron Daniel from Charlestown scored two second-half rushing touchdowns to go along with his first-half passing score for the South.
The South led 10-6 at halftime and outscored the North 17-0 in the second half.
In five years, they probably won’t remember the score because we spent so much time leading up to this, said Snider coach Kurt Tippmann, an assistant coach for the North. Of course, everybody wants to win, and there will be some down heads, but you see they all pop back up real quick. Kids are resilient, sometimes more than coaches.
There were 95-degree work days, and these guys were still churning at it. It made the whole experience great.