The North squad prevailed in the Chesapeake Bowl for the second consecutive season, defeating the South team 38-13 at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex on Saturday.
The Chesapeake Bowl features many of the top high school football players in the Mid-Atlantic region for an all-star showcase. The South team in comprised of players from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., while their counterparts from the North represent Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School senior Kirk Garner hauled in one catch for 42 yards, and returned five kickoffs for 109 yards for the South team.
"This was great, it was just a great experience" Garner said. "You definitely want to play in some of these all-star games and have some fun. I roomed with Taquan Mizzell, who is my future roommate [at the University of Virginia next year], so I was really happy about that. I know some people on both the North side and the South side, so we were all just trying to have fun and stay safe."
The South jumped out to an early lead, capping the game-opening drive with a 1-yard Mizzell touchdown run. Later in the first quarter, a Christopher Schultz 23-yard field goal put the South ahead 10-7.
The North passing attack was on display for much of the contest, as all three quarterbacks contributed a touchdown toss in the contest. Tommy Woodson connected on a pair of scores to Ishmael Hayman, one in the first quarter, and one in the fourth. Hayman finished with 43 yards receiving, and his two touchdown catches were enough to earn him the Tyree Lee Award for Player of the Game. Joe Viviano found Andre Patton for a 33-yard scoring strike in the second quarter, and Alec Werner hit teammate Brian Lamelle on an 86-yard bomb in the third frame.
After their initial drive, the South offense was hampered by turnovers. Two interceptions and a fumble cut three South drives short. Darius Victor, running back from Northwestern, finished with 22 yards on 11 carries. Victor was the South's second leading rusher, behind Mizzell.
"We had a new system for a lot of us, and we just all didn't catch on." Victor said. "The line was calling their own plays, and sometimes guys didn't pull when they were supposed to, but that's to be expected at an event like this. The North played pretty good and they stopped us, I was just trying to get as many yards as possible on each and every play."
Other Prince George's County participants included John Johnson (Northwestern), Demory Monroe (Frederick Douglass), Antonio Harris (Wise), Kevin Robbins (Bishop McNamara) and Milan Collins (Bishop McNamara). Garner was the only player from either Montgomery or Frederick counties on the South roster.
"It was fun being able to play with some of these guys from around the county," Victor said. "I [saw] some of these North guys and other South guys at 7-on-7 tournaments, so it was fun playing on the same field as them. We come from different schools, so it was cool to come in at practices and show that we could compete with each other."
The North leads the series, 2-1.
North 38, South 13
North 7 14 7 10 -- 38
South 10 0 3 0 -- 13
S -- Taquan Mizzell 1 run (Adam Greene kick)
N -- Ishmael Hyman 8 pass from Tommy Woodson (Young Hoe Koo kick)
S -- Christopher Schultz 23 field goal
N -- Andre Patton 33 pass from Joe Viviano (Young Hoe Koo kick)
N -- James Conner 5 run (Young Hoe Koo kick)
N -- Brian Lamelle 86 pass from Alec Werner (Young Hoe Koo kick)
S -- Adam Greene 38 field goal
N -- Ishmael Hyman 35 pass from Tommy Woodson (Young Hoe Koo kick)
N -- Young Hoe Koo 20 field goal
North -- James Conner 10-74; Tommy Woodson 5-37; Wesley Hills 4-34; Zaire Williams 5-21; DeShawn Coleman 6-14; Alec Werner 2-1; Joe Viviano 2-0.
South -- Taquan Mizzell 6-75; Darius Victor 11-22; Khaamal Whitaker 1-8; Timothy Brady 3-4; Kwamane Bowens 1-4; Deion Stitt 5-(-5).
North -- Alec Werner 8-14-151-0; Tommy Woodson 5-8-103-0; Joe Viviano 1-3-33-0.
South -- Deion Stitt 5-17-109-1; Christopher Shultz 1-2-1-0; Timothy Brady 0-1-0-1.
North -- Brian Lamelle 3-98; Brendan Edwards 3-53; Ishmael Hyman 2-43; Andre Patton 1-33; DeShawn Coleman 2-24; Zaire Williams 1-18; Charlie Callinan 1-9; Tyler Karpinski 1-9.
South -- Kwamane Bowens 1-45; Kirk Garner 1-42; Andre Dessenberg 1-12; Taquan Mizzell 2-10; Khaamal Whitaker 1-1.