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Last season the North team suffered a 21-point defeat against the South in the Monroe County High School All-Star Game.

On Friday night, the North had a two-point lead with less than two minutes go in the fourth quarter of the 2017 all-star game at Summerfield.

The South called on Bedford kicker Wes Doxsie to try a field goal from 49 yards out.

Unfortunately for the North, Doxsie delivered and the South held on for a narrow 9-8 victory and won the game for the third year in a row.

The annual contest features many of the top outgoing seniors from the Monroe County region in a head-to-head battle.

A huge night for Flat Rock’s Anthony Higginbotham earned him North MVP honors. The South MVP award went to Doxsie.

Higginbotham rushed for a touchdown, ran in a two-point conversion, caught two passes for 50 yards, intercepted a pass and had two big returns on special teams.

“It was really fun,” said Higginbotham of the all-star experience. “We all came together as one and that was our mindset, just represent the Huron League.”

On the North team were players from Flat Rock, New Boston Huron, Carleton Airport, Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central and Monroe Jefferson – all of which are Huron League teams.

“I’m proud of them,” said North Coach Rob Deyoung. “I hope they’re proud of themselves for everything they did. It was a great game.

“They spend four years of their lives hating each other as rivals, now they come together to be one big piece. It’s fun to watch.”

In addition to the six Huron League squads, Gibraltar Carlson has participated in the past, but didn’t have any representatives on Friday.

Deyoung is a former SMCC player who stepped in recently when a coach was needed for the North. He has recently served as an assistant at Sylvania Southview in Ohio.

Overall, Deyoung had about 30 players on his roster, including two from Flat Rock and nine from Huron. The South, which was headed up by Erie Mason’s Rob Beaudrie, had about 55 players on the roster.

Making up the South team were players from Bedford, Ida, Whiteford, Monroe High, Erie Mason, Summerfield and Dundee. Last fall, Whiteford, Ida and Bedford all made deep playoff runs.

Early on in Friday’s game, the two teams were scoreless until Kyle Theiken of Whiteford caught a short touchdown pass with 2:38 left in the first quarter. Cameron Stitt of Flat Rock blocked the PAT and the North trailed 6-0.

Just as the second quarter got underway, Jefferson’s Cameron Smith recovered a fumble during a South punt return.

Roughly two minutes later, Huron’s Hunter Morse attempted a 51-yard field goal and was just short. Morse was one of the top kickers in the history of the Monroe County region.

With 1:32 left in the first half, a 31-yard reception from Higginbotham set up the North at the 10-yard line of the South.

The North threat was halted when Bedford’s Joey Shepperd intercepted a pass with 32 seconds on the clock.

In third quarter, two personal foul penalties against the South gave Morse a chance to try another field goal, but the South was able to block it.

Late in the quarter, the South opted to go for it on 4th and 12 and turned the ball over on downs after an incompletion.

At the South 5-yard line, Higginbotham lined up under center. He took the snap, sprinted to his left and dove into the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

A South penalty during the PAT moved North up and it opted to go for two. With Higginbotham still at quarterback, he took the snap, raced to his right and dove in for the two points.

Later in the quarter, an incomplete South pass, intended for Monroe’s Xavier Hill temporarily saved the North.

However, it was then that Doxsin came on and knocked the ball through the uprights from 49 yards out.

North got the ball back and attempted a double reverse that resulted in a South interception by Monroe’s Jovan Johnson and all but locked up South’s victory.

Another Huron player on the North roster was standout receiver Andrew Miller.

“It was a great experience,” Miller said. “I had a lot of fun with these guys from the other schools. We had a lot of chemistry just from practicing for a week. It was just a great week, a great game.”

Other Chiefs on the team were Garret Krzeminski, Drew Leininger, Tyler White, Nik Becker, Tyler Floyd, Nathan Ping and Brent Kosikowski.

Last Updated: 6/17/2017 8:23:31 AM EST

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