South drops North in Blackwell Classic
December 20, 2011Hatley High School
By Brandon Speck: Monroe Journal
BILOXI ï¿½ï¿½" Dropped passes and no room to run told the story Saturday as the South All-Stars beat the North 37-10 in the 63rd Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic at Biloxi High School.
The North finished with nine yards rushing in the loss, minus-1 in the first half.
“Shucks, we couldn't block them, couldn't run the ball at all,” said North coach Henry Johnson of West Bolivar. “We can't get one yard on fourth-and-1 twice. We had drops in the first half. I mean, come on. Ain't nothing you can do about drops.”
Trailing 16-3, Charleston's Antwan Wilson's pick-6 got the North within a score. The 38-yard touchdown though was matched on the South's ensuing drive when quarterback Dontreal Pruitt of Laurel evaded three tacklers and threw a 12 yard touchdown pass to Ocean Springs' Donovan Smith. The third of Evan Sobiesk's five extra points gave the South a 23-10 cushion after three.
The South rattled off two more in the fourth. Moss Point's Joseph Kirkland rushed for a 1 yard touchdown and Ladarious Clark of Southeast Lauderdale scored his second TD on a 48 yard punt return with 4:57 to play.
Amory QB Forest Williams drew the start for the North, whose outcome was evident early as two fourth-and-1 runs were stuffed. With a 7-0 lead, Laurel's Fenest Armstrong picked Williams and went 76 yards for a 14-0 lead with 3:18 left in the half. Williams had just completed a fourth-and-2 to Southaven receiver Tyshean Norris.
“The corner just jumped it and made a play,” Johnson said. “He made a play. Playmakers make plays and he's a playmaker.”
On the next possession, Williams watched what would have likely been a 76-yard touchdown pass that would have made it a one-score game at the half fall through the hands of Jim Hill's Fred Brown, a Mississippi State commit, on the North sideline.
“Shucks, that was big. You're wide open. You've got to make that play,” said Johnson. “I love Fred to death and I know it's hurting Fred too but we've got to make that play.”
Williams was 8 for 20 on the day with 38 yards. He saw two more drops on the half's final drive that ended with a punt snapped over Tyler Jackson's head for a safety and 16-0 halftime lead.
“We were getting a pretty hard rush. The ball had to be out quick,” said Williams, who has a visit to Mississippi State lined up.
The South scored first on Clark's 1 yard run in the opening quarter. Lafayette kicker Jackson's 21-yard field goal got the North on the board.