Football Coaches Association White Allen Pigskin Classic sponsored by
MVP Magazine and Kettering Sports Medicine, Friday night at the
University of Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
The victory was just the South’s fifth in the last 19 years and snapped
a four-game losing skid. The series is now 17-8 in favor of the North.
The victory was just the South’s fifth in the last 19 years and snapped a four-game losing skid. The series is now 17-8 in favor of the North.
Head coach Scott Clodfelter’s (Beavercreek) South All-Stars had 337 yards of total offense (217 yards rushing, 120 yards rushing), while Jason Brown’s (Bellefontaine) North squad had just 149 (108 rushing, 41 passing).
Heath Feldman is one of Clodfelter’s assistant coaches during the regular season and he helped coach-up the South’s offensive skill players for this game, too.
“It was a fun evening,” Feldman laughed after the win. “I think as the (contest) dragged on we kind of wore them down a little bit, but I thought they played a good game, too. We made some key defensive stands and our big boys decided to take over the game.
“Look, it was a game of big plays. We made them, they didn’t, and we won. Football is a pretty simple game, really.”
The Most Valuable Player of this game was clearly Centerville High School’s David Flemming who accounted for 264 yards of total offense (14 carries for 56 yards) and two passing touchdowns (6-10, 208 yards).
“It was a broken coverage and I knew it was a touchdown if we did everything (right),” the first team all GWOC selection said of his 71-yard, first quarter TD pass to NaRonn Goddard (Dunbar). “I’ll remember this night forever. It was a great way to start off the game that is for sure. I’ll take that every time!
“On the second touchdown we did a fullback lead up the middle through the ‘Y’ hole. We also faked that action on the first score. This time we actually did it and that worked, too.”
Beavercreek High School’s monster offensive tackle, J. D. Bales (6-foot-5, 295 lbs.) was named lineman of the game.
“Sometimes, us linemen come up short on the old recognition thing,” WNBA center Allison Bales’ little brother laughed after the game. “It is fun to get noticed, and winning a game like this is even better. It was nice, it really was.”
Goddard was named Best Offensive Back for his clutch three-catch performance that resulted in 184 yards and two touchdowns for the winning team.
“All week when we were practicing he (Flemming) kept telling me that I had a responsibility to go out and ‘get him one’,” Goddard said. “ So, I went out and got him a couple. I can’t believe how much fun this is.”
Defensive end Troy Gilmer of Wayne High School and the North was named the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman. Wayne’s Bryan Womack was named the game’s Most Valuable Defensive Back.
It was a somewhat sloppy game played on a wet surface that was decided by a handful of big plays but was determined by the South’s dominant line play.
With no less than five errant shotgun snaps, it is obvious that everyone involved had a difficult time just putting the ball in play – let alone sustaining drives.
Neither team had an effective kicking game and both teams had serious issues with ball security.
The South got on the board first when Goddard beat broken zone coverage to the far, left corner of the end zone (on a fly pattern) for a 71-yard touchdown.
North got the ball on the ensuing kickoff only to see Beavercreek’s Justin Hull pick off Jason Albertini’s (Vandalia-Butler) first pass from scrimmage. On the next play Centerville RB Jay Cravens scored from the 3-yard line and suddenly the score was South 14-North 0.
The teams traded punts until 3:48 of the second quarter when Sean Egler (RB, Bellefontaine) broke through the line of scrimmage, cut sharply to the right, and scored from 45-yards out. Egler added a three-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
On the third play of the second half Flemming and Goddard decided the outcome. The duo hooked up again – this time on an 85-yard TD pass – that ended the scoring.
Final: South 20, North 12.
“It was a hard fought game,” Northmont and North assistant coach Loren Meadows said. “We graciously gave them a few breaks early. I give them a lot of credit. They saw their opportunities and they made the plays that they had to make. We didn’t. End of story.”
Said Egler: “It was tough to lose like that. We came out and we were ready to go. We just came up a little short in the end.”