Three first-half touchdowns by the North squad propelled the team past the South in the 27th Annual District 4 North-South All-Star Football game on Saturday, June 24 at South Williamsport’s Rodney K. Morgans Stadium.
The North squad jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter as Williamsport’s Isaiah Hankins and Elliott Walker torched the South defense for a 74 yard score and Montoursville’s Ethan Lazorka drilled a 29 yard field goal. After a 32 yard reception by Wellsboro’s Brandon Lamphier put the North in scoring position, Sayre’s Tylor Belles punched the ball in from a yard out to put the North up 17-0.
The South scored their first point’s with 3:16 left in the first half on an 80 passing play from Southern Columbia teammates Cam Young to Hunter Thomas. The duo accounted for 405 of the South’s 414 yards of total offense and all four scores.
Walker scored twice more on the night, once before the first half ended and once with 6:27 left in the third quarter, to put the North team up 30-7. Thomas scored the South’s third quarter touchdown to make it 30-14 and Young scored the remaining two touchdowns, both on the ground, to cut it to 37-29 before the North ran out the clock for the win.
Hankins was 13-for-22 passing for 300 yards and 4 scores to lead the North team. Walker caught 5 passes for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns, North Penn-Mansfield’s Garrett Bickhart caught 3 passes for 27 yards, Lamphier had a 32 yard catch, and North Penn-Mansfield’s Joel Whitteker caught 1 pass for 9 yards.
Thomas led the South with 135 yards on 15 carries and a score and caught 3 passes for 98 yards and a score. Young was 8-for-16 passing for 159 yards and 2 scores and rushed 17 times for 111 yards and 2 scores.
Both Panther teammates also received awards on the night. Bickhart received the North coaches award and Whitteker was named the North’s Defensive MVP.
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