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South rolls in Schuylkill All-Star Game

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - I feel the need for speed!

South MVP Travontai Davis of Pottsville provided plenty of it on Wednesday in the annual Schuylkill County Coaches Association All-Star football game at Rotary Field.

Blazing past North defenders the entire night, Davis ran for three touchdowns to lead his team to a 35-0 victory.

Davis raced eight yards for his first score, bolted 50 yards with the kickoff to open the second half, and then put the dagger into the North with a 31-yard scoot in the final quarter.

The North struggled from the get-go, unable to click with any regularity on the offensive side of the ball, despite the big arm of North Schuylkill’s Jake Hall and speedy wideouts Steven Kostecky of Tamaqua, Derryl Fisher of Jim Thorpe, Caden Burke of Mahanoy Area and Joey Vivasis of Shenandoah Valley.

While the North struggled offensively, the South had no such problems, cooking up a quick six on its third offensive play from scrimmage. Pottsville’s adroit and athletic quarterback Jazce Carabella-Snowell went over the top, hitting fellow Crimson Tide teammate Amari Dunn with a nifty 54-yard bomb early in the opening quarter.

The North’s struggles put Jim Thorpe punter Travis Benson on the field early and often. Benson took advantage of his opportunity booming five punts - four of which were 40 yards or more - for an average of nearly 42 yards. His performance earned him the MVP award for the North.

“I had a lot of fun, and to get this award, is kind of neat and funny, too,” Benson said about the uniqueness of a punter winning an MVP award.

Meanwhile, the big dog in on the line was Lehighton’s Ricky Houser, who was voted the North MVP lineman.

“You know, we played against each other all season, and we try to beat the heck out of everyone, then we come together and have this bond,” Houser said holding his trophy after his performance that included several pancake blocks.

The South’s second score came from its lineman MVP, Blue Mountain’s massive Jake Bobbin. Bobbin got a chance to play running back for a play and barreled into the end zone for a 1-yard run that capped a methodical 10-play, 66-yard drive for a second-quarter touchdown that made it 14-0.

Moments before the end of the opening half, Davis added his eight-yard TD run. The Pottsville speedster then took the second-half kickoff to the house and the rout was on.

LOCAL STARS … The Times News area had 20 players selected for the game with players from Marian, Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and Panther Valley all participating.

OLYMPIAN CONTRIBUTIONS ... Jim Thorpe’s Cameron Tinajero was the leading rusher for the North with eight carries for 44 yards. Olympian teammate Drew Wimmer carried twice for 23 yards, and also completed his only pass attempt for 39 yards. Fisher rounded out the Thorpe contributions with 10 yards rushing, along with one reception for 11 yards.

STREAK STOPPED … The North had a two-game win streak come to an end. However, the North still leads in the series, 19-15-1.

SPONSORS … The event was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Network and Coordinated Health, while Titan Threads sponsored the coaches apparel.

GAME OFFICIALS … Jim Toomey headed the crew of officials, all of whom volunteered to work the game. The group included Jason Boris, Joe Rick, Mike Klembara, Grant Yoder, Jim Mitchell and Bo Rodgers.

Ricky Houser, Lehighton North MVP lineman
Travis Benson, Jim Thorpe North MVP