INDIANAPOLIS – Tyler Hands was the first All-Star from Carroll in the 47-year history of the North-South football series.
And the distinction wasn’t lost on the defensive end despite the North’s lopsided 30-2 loss Friday at North Central.
The score really doesn’t matter, Hands said. It’s about the relationships we build during the week. As competitors we want to win, and we want to do the best we can. We just came up short this time. We will forget the score. It will hurt for a couple of days, but that will be gone in a week. It was a big honor. It was a great week. I got to build some relationships and represent my school.
Hands was one of 10 players from northeast Indiana on the North team.
We may have lost 30-2, but that doesn’t replace the friendships that were made and the memories that were made, New Haven’s Brandon Stone said.
Snider’s Donavin O’Day and Leo’s Logan Glaze were two of the captains for the North.
We really thought we had what it takes but a few bad breaks, they got on us, and it really didn’t turn out how we expected, Glaze said. The game’s bad, but everything else was great.
The South won its fourth straight game in the series with a 386-87 advantage in total offensive yardage.
The North went the entire first half with no first downs and only 19 total yards.
O’Day, while playing defensive end, was the North’s offense with a second quarter safety when he tackled New Albany’s Tuwan Payton in the end zone, trimming the deficit to 16-2.
The running back was dancing around back there, and I just made a good open-field tackle, O’Day said.
O’Day almost didn’t play in the game because he was busy starting his classes at Illinois State, where he is playing football.
It’s a great experience to have, O’Day said. I almost didn’t come but Coach Tipp (Kurt Tippmann) talked me into it. I don’t regret it anymore.
O’Day led the North defense with nine total tackles, including six solo tackles and two tackles for loss.
Concordia’s Tony Perugini had eight tackles, while Warsaw’s Gabe Furnivall had seven.
Southport’s Christian Perry ran for 131 yards and a touchdown for the South and took game MVP honors.
South quarterbacks Nick Ferrer (Westfield) and Jake Purichia (Indianapolis Ritter) combined for 193 passing yards and two touchdowns.
North quarterbacks Ty Preston (Lafayette Central Catholic) and Austin Hooker (Tipton) completed only six passes for 26 yards and threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
The South scored 13 points in the first, three in the second and finished the North off with 14 points in the fourth.
The South has a 27-21 record in the series, which has been played since 1967.
Also on the North team were East Noble’s Connor Holcomb, Bishop Dwenger’s Nathan Niese, North Side’s Nick Cook and Churubusco’s Teegan Brumbaugh.
On the North coaching staff were New Haven’s Jim Rowland and Bishop Dwenger’s Cory Kitchen.
To come here and not know anybody and to play with guys I played against, it was a good experience, Stone said.