The National Football League has a problem with its all-star game, the Pro Bowl. The problem is players don't want to try and give it their all in a game that the only prize is bragging rights and a few extra dollars. District 4 doesn't have that problem.
Players from the District 4 North and South teams showed effort, heart and grit from start to finish as the North scored first but the South answered with 34 straight points en route to a 34-12 win Friday night at South Williamsport's Rodney K. Morgan Stadium.
"I was pleased with that," North and Jersey Shore head coach Tom Gravish said of the effort. "They gave everything they had and right to the final period there. They wanted to get at least one score in there. They worked as hard as they could to get it."
Loyalsock’s Phil Krazan of the North (19) avoids the tackle of Zach Ashford and Pat Crissman, bottom, during the third quarter of Friday’s District 4 all-star football game at South Williamsport.
The North started out strong and took the first lead with Jordan Tawneys' 2-yard touchdown pass to Troy Rowan. The South soon answered with a perfect pass from Wes Baylor to Ben Frankel on a 27-yard lob pass to tie the game at six.
After a first quarter in which the defenses controlled the line of scrimmage, the South offense came to life as did Milton's Brady Chappell. Chappell scored the first touchdown of the second quarter on a 5-yard scramble and later led a well executed two-minute drill in which he had back-to-back big passes to set up Adam Feudale's 3-yard run with 45 seconds left in the half. Chappell's first pass was a 36-yard strike to Evan Tanner and he followed that with a 31-yard 50/50 ball that Greg Shultz came down with at the goal line.
Chappell was named the MVP after going 5 for 7 with 107 yards and two total touchdowns.
The North was led by Offensive Player of the Game Troy Rowan. He caught eight passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
"I had a great individual game but I'm gonna have to give it all to my team," said Rowan, who will attend Seton Hill in the fall. "I couldn't have done it without them and football is a team sport and I'm glad I got to be with these guys."
The North team used a couple of trick plays in the fourth quarter, including a hook and ladder and a halfback pass from Cam Ott to Rowan for the final score.
A couple of other players brought home awards. Selinsgrove's John Daku and Hugheville's Jacoby Foresman took the Coaches Award and Foresman also received the Defensive Player of the Game for the South. Utoa Agae-Naipo of Jersey Shore won Defensive Player of the Game for the North.
North 6 0 0 6- 12
South 6 13 0 15- 34
(N) Tawney 2 yard pass to Rowan. (Bradley WR)
(S) Baylor 27 yard pass to Frankle. (kick blocked)
(S) Chappell 5 yard run. (run failed)
(S) Fuedale 3 yard run. (Tanner kick)
(S) Chappell 28 yard pass to Kemberling. (Run good)
(S) Baylor 28 yard pass to Frankle. (Tanner kick)
(N) Ott 31 yard pass to Rowan. (Pass fail)
Team Stats N S
First Downs 12 18
Rushing Att. Yards 31-103 40-148
Comp.-Att.-Int. 12-31-3 12-20-3
Passing Yards 112 216
Fumbles 0 1
Penalties-Yards 6-65 5-65
Punts-Avg. 5-27.6 2-24
Passing: North- Jordan Tawney 9-18, 82 yds, TD; Jed Wright 3-12, 30 yds; Cam Ott 1-1, 31 yds, TD. South- Brady Chappell 5-7, 107 yds, TD; Wes Baylor 7-13, 113 yds, 2 TD.
Rushing: North- Cam Ott 9 att. 25 yds; Jordan Tawney 8 att. 47 yds; Utoa Agae-Naipo 3 att. 1 yd; Jermaine Brooks 4 att. 8 yds; Jed Wright 6 att 29 yds. South- Adam Fuedale 10 att. 41 yds TD; Isaiah Croll 6 att. 26 yds; Sam Dressler 10 att. 49 yds; Cory Warford 8 att. 40 yds; Brady Chappell 1 att. 5 yds TD.
Receiving: North- Troy Rowan 8 rec. 84 yds. 2 TD; Utoa Agae-Naipo 2 rec. 26 yds; Phil Krizan 1 rec. 15 yds; Jermaine Brooks 1 rec. 2 yds; Isaac Foust 1 rec. 4 yds. South- Ben Frankle 4 rec. 67 yds 2 TD; Evan Tanner 2 rec. 40 yds; Greg Shultz 2 rec. 49 yds; Garrett Kemberling 3 rec. 51 yds TD.
Interceptions:?North- Malik Wilson 2; Alex Erb 1. South- Zack Kozick 2; Cody Pavlick 1.