CHARLESTON—In one of the lowest scoring North/South All-Star Football games ever, the North Bears prevailed with an 8-6 victory over the South Cardinals, as Grafton’s Caleb Bish preserved the win with a pass deflection on a Cardinals’ potential game-tying two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
After a scoreless first half in which both teams failed to find the endzone, the North got on the board first with 8:27 left in the third quarter, after a 73-yard touchdown pass from Kennedy Award winner Conor Neal to Fairmont Senior teammate Rhett Heston. The ensuing two-point conversion was successful as Neal found Bridgeport’s D’Andre Hollaway to make the score 8-0.
That lead would stand until late into the fourth quarter when Sissonville quarterback Will Hackney hit Sherman’s J.T. Hensley with a 7-yard pass, to cut the lead to two and make the score 8-6.
With no other choice than to go for the tie, Hackney attempted to find Summers County’s Christian Pack in the endzone, but the pass was broken up by Grafton’s Bish to preserve the 8-6 victory for the North.
“Bish had a great game,” said Grafton High and North Assistant Coach Mickey Foley. “He broke up a pass on a two-point conversion to preserve the win. He also had an interception and several tackles, as well. I’m extremely proud of him.”
The North was able to get the ball inside the South 40-yard line five times including once to the 2-yard-line and once to the 1-yard-line, but couldn’t score.
On the flip side of that, the South managed only one first down and 27 net yards in the first half, where they were also subject to two of their three turnovers for the game.
Both teams produced just 12 first downs in the contest and barely hit 300 yards total.
The South remains ahead in the all-time series 40-23-3, but the North has now won four straight, matching their longest streak from 1999-2002.