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Area players contribute in NCOFCA All-Star Classic

By JOSH MORGRET • Updated Jun 14, 2019 at 10:46 PM

LEXINGTON — Area kids representing seven area high school football teams took the field one more time Friday night.

They represented the North team, which stormed back from a 26-0 deficit to get within a score in the South’s 46-32 win in the North Central Ohio Football Coaches Association All-Star Classic at Lexington High School.

The North ran 11 plays on its opening drive before turning it over. Norwalk's Trevon Raymore rumbled 19 yards on the game's first play, but the drive stalled.

The South responded quickly with two first downs before East Knox's Kasson Krownapple hit Lucas' Jebadiah Grover on a halfback pass for 46 yards and the score. The extra point by blocked by Norwalk's Tche Leroux.

Later, the South took over at its own 41. After a short run for no gain, Clear Fork's Jared Schaefer connected with high school teammate Caden Flynn for a 59-yard score. The two-point conversion run attempt failed, but the lead was 12-0.

In the second quarter, Ontario's Noah Creed intercepted Crestview's Brevin King and returned it 26 yards for the score. Cardington's Branden Steckel added the extra point.

The South added one more score when Grover rumbled in from seven yards out and Steckel added the extra point with 5:17 left in the second quarter.

The North got on the scoreboard for the first time in the third quarter. After South Central's Cristiano Murphy intercepted a pass, King found Bucyrus' Harley Robinson-Koge for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Plymouth's Austin Roblin added the extra point with 9:20 left.

The South responded as Schaefer again hooked up with Flynn for a 32-yard score.

A short punt later gave the North good field position and they took advantage of it. Seneca East's Blaine Swartzmiller threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Wynford's Blake Sparks.

Raymore scored on a five-yard TD run to draw the North within 32-20 with 53 seconds left in the third quarter.

Schaefer opened the scoring in the fourth quarter when he found Krownapple for a 37-yard touchdown pass.


EDITOR’S NOTE: A follow-up story with reaction from area players will be coming soon at norwalkreflector.com and in Monday’s print edition of the Reflector.

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