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  • Dundee running back Austin Anson breaks an early run for Team South in the Monroe County All-Star game. Team North won 27-8. Photo gallery by Ricky Lindsay.
The annual Monroe County All Star football game was held Friday evening and local 2014 seniors got that one last chance to suit up and represent their respective schools.

The setting had all the feeling of a typical Friday night football game during the unusually chilly evening, where sprinkles of rain popped up here and there.

Huron, Flat Rock and Carlson were represented on the Monroe County North squad and the group helped their team beat Monroe County South 27-8.

AJ Gary represented Carlson, Cody Ratcliffe, Kevin Fritz and Brandon Kish represented Flat Rock and Huron was represented by Justin Wolber, Elijah Scott, Jeffrey Wolber, Justin Busch, Jacob Krug, Jeff Henderson, Sam Villa Jr and Brandon Taylor.

South got on board first with 7:58 left in the first half with a 5-yard scamper from Josh Golkiewicz. The two-point conversion gave them an 8-0 lead over North, but the following drive, North tied things up.

Jefferson’s Elijah Sandore ran it in 44 yards and then ran in his own two-point conversion for a tied game.

The teams went into the locker room tied at the half, but the second 24 minutes belonged to the North team.

“We controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half,” Flat Rock Coach Tom Oestrike, who was assisting on the North team said. “We were in better shape, we rolled a couple of new guys in and I think we took momentum over and we stopped them.

“We played defense and we stuffed them and went down and scored and I thought that was the whole change in the game right there. We got the ball, we got a push up from and I thought our kids played hard for four quarters.”

South started the second half with possession, was forced to punt and North capitalized right away.

In a drive that lasted 7 plays, Sandore took off up the left, running 32 yards to the end zone for a 14-8 score.

North intercepted a South pass on the next drive and SMCC’s Sam O’Lear ran it back for a score and a 20-8 game with 5:11 to go in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, North recovered a South fumble and in a four-play drive capped the scoring when non other than Sandore ran the ball in five yards for a touchdown.

The good extra point made it the 27-8 game.

“They represented the Huron League and Carlson very well,” Oestrike said. “Our offensive line was outstanding.

“We had five guys the whole game with one guy that we had as a backup, and for those five guys to play for four quarters the way they did was really impressive.”

Oestrike said the game was a good opportunity for the players, all of whom just graduated high school.

“It’s a great thing for the kids to play one more time,” he said. “You look at these kids and you have a thought process about them in the season and then you see them as kids in practice and then you get to play on the same team.

“It’s a good thing. You get to know these kids and it’s a good things to network and be friends with them.”

Oestrike was happy with the chance to coach the athletes in their last high school game and leave them with memories.

“At the end of the day, all the guys that coach, we do it for the same reason; to make them better people,” he said. “(It’s) another lesson for them.

“We’re giving them another chance to do what they love.”



Last Updated: 6/21/2014 1:55:44 PM EST

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