North beats South 14-7

Published 12:42 am Sunday, July 23, 2006

The North made it back to back wins Friday night over the South team in the 57th annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic.

Tyson Lee of Columbus completed 13-of-17 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown to lead the North to a 14-7 victory over the South in Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College.

The North has won two straight and five of the last six Mississippi all-star games and closes the South’s lead in the series under the current format to 25-24-4.

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Unlike the state all-star basketball game which tok place Thursday, the football game features players who have completed high school and are headed to college.

Lee put the North ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Terry Levy of Kosciusko. Levy, who has signed with Ole Miss, was the only Division IA signne in the game.

The North took a 14-0 lead after Lee connected with Travis McGee of Ray Brooks on a 28-yard pass to set up a 1-yard scoring run by West Point’s Eldrick Hogan with 5:39 left in the second quarter.

Lee, who is bound for Itawamba Community College, was named the game’s offensive most valuable player.

The South, which had problems moving the ball for most of the game, cut the North’s lead to a touchdown with 3:26 left on a 10-yard run by Gary Hollimon of Gulfport. But a South penalty on fourth down allowed the North to run out the clock.

Todd Adams of Lumberton was name the game’s defensive MVP.

With the North up 14-0 in the third quarter, the South drove deep inside North territory with a chance to slice the deficit in half. However the South went for it on fourth down inside the North 30 yard line and the pass went incomplete, turning the ball over on dons in the process.

The North defense, led by linebackers Marcus Jamison of Noxubee County and Judd Godwin of West Lauderdale, dominated the South offense for the most part all night.